Daytona International Speedway

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Location 1801 West International Speedway Blvd,
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
Capacity 101,500
Owner International Speedway Corporation
Opened 1959
Major events NASCAR Cup Series
Daytona 500
Coke Zero Sugar 400
Busch Clash
Bluegreen Vacations Duel
Xfinity Series
NASCAR Racing Experience 300
Wawa 250 Powered By Coca-Cola
Camping World Truck Series
NextEra Energy 250
Tri-oval
Length 2.5 mi (4.02 km)
Surface Asphalt
Banking Turns: 31 degrees
Tri-Oval: 18 degrees
Back Straight: 2 degrees

Daytona International Speedway is a superspeedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is a 2.5 mile (4 km) tri-oval race track facility with a seating capacity of 101,500 spectators. It hosts races of motor vehicles of various kinds, including go-karts, dirt bikes, motorcycles, sports cars, pickup trucks, and stock cars. The facility also includes a 3.56 mile (5.7 km) road course and a 180-acre infield, including the 29-acre Lake Lloyd. Formula Libre ran there.

Course history[edit | edit source]

NASCAR was founded by Bill France Sr. at Daytona Beach, Florida in 1947. The original premier event in the series was held at the Daytona Beach Road Course. France began planning a new track for the premier event in his fledgling series in 1953. On August 16, 1954, he signed a contract with city officials to create this new track that would become famous as the Daytona International Speedway. The ground was broken on November 25, 1957. The speedway opened on February 22, 1959, with the first-ever Daytona 500, to a crowd of 41,000 people.

The NASCAR Championship's most important race, the Daytona 500, is held annually at Daytona International Speedway. It is a 200-lap, 500-mile (805 km) stock car race. The list of Daytona 500 winners is very long dating back to the inaugural race in 1959 and includes "The King" Richard Petty, and Dale Earnhardt.

NASCAR, the premier stock car organization in the United States, holds some of its most important races on this track. These include competitions in its Camping World Truck Series (where pickup trucks are raced), Xfinity Series (the stock car junior league), and NASCAR Cup Series. The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona is also held at Daytona.

The racing season begins at Daytona starting with the testing sessions. The year's racing begins with the 24 Hours of Daytona race in the Grand American Sports Car series. Then the racing begins for the NASCAR Cup with the Busch Clash and the Bluegreen Vacations Duel. The Camping World Truck Series begins with the NextEra Energy 250. The Xfinity Series begins with the NASCAR Racing Experience 300, and then it is back to the NASCAR Cup in "The Great American Race," the Daytona 500. The NASCAR Cup also features the Coke Zero Sugar 400 in July at Daytona.

It also contains an attraction called Daytona USA, where the winning car is placed for a whole year.

Deaths at the speedway[edit | edit source]

In the history of the Daytona International Speedway, many people have been killed at the speedway. Marshall Teague became track's first fatality, in a practice crash in 1959. Slick Johnson died from injuries in an ARCA race in 1990. Bruce Jacobi, Ricky Knotts, Friday Hassler, and Talmadge Prince were killed in qualifying races. Neil Bonnett and Rodney Orr were killed in practice sessions for the 1994 Daytona 500; Dale Earnhardt; the first person ever to be killed in the Daytona 500; was killed on the final lap in 2001: Ray Paprota struck and killed track worker Roy Weaver in 2004 during the IPOWER Dash Series 150.

Current races[edit | edit source]

Aerial view of Daytona International Speedway (undated), courtesy of the Florida Photographic Collection

List of winners[edit | edit source]

see List of winners at Daytona

Records[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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