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Daytona International Speedway
NASCAR was founded in Daytona in 1947, and the early races were run on the sandy Atlantic coast beach. In 1957 NASCAR owner Bill France, Sr. broke ground for a new track, which opened in 1959 as Daytona International Speedway. The 2.5 mile track has very steep 31 degree banking on the turns, built up from soil dug from the infield at what has become Lake Lloyd. Lights were installed in 1998 to allow night racing. The track seating has been repeatedly expanded over the years, increasing from 41,000 seats when it was opened to almost 170,000 seats today.
The track is home to NASCAR's marquee event, the Daytona 500, as well as the numerous races and practices, called Speedweeks, that build up to this season-opening race. NASCAR also holds the annual Firecracker 400 at Daytona in July. Other racing here includes NASCAR Nationwide series and truck series races, the Grand-American Rolex Sports Car Series Rolex 24 at Daytona, the ARCA RE/MAX Series, and AMA superbike and motocross.
daytona international speedway
in 1959 william france created NASCAR and built the daytona international speedway. in february of each year the speedway hosts the daytona 500 stock car race and in july the firecracker 400. other times during the year they have several motorcycle races. check the attached website for race dates and ticket info.
The Daytona International Speedway has a museum inside, the first time I was there I took a few pictures, they had on display the Nascar championship throphy (currently held then by Bobby Labonte), and the cars of the recently late Dale Earnhardt and the winner of that years Daytona 500, Micheal Waltrip.
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