If you are wondering how qualifying works for the 2013 Daytona 500, which takes place on Feb 24th, here's a quick and simple description for the process.
Positions 1 and 2 go to the 2 fastest cars on qualifying day.
Positions 3 through 32 are set by the finishing order in the Budweiser Duel races.
Positions 33 through 36 go to the drivers who didn't make the field through the qualifying races but posted the fastest 4 speeds in qualifying.
Positions 37 through 42 are set based on 2012 owner points.
43rd position is a provisional filled by the most recent past champion not in the field already or the next eligible driver based on 2012 owner points.
And there it is. Now you can tell your buddies how qualifying works.