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Daytona International Speedway
|Daytona International Speedway|
|Location||1801 West International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida, 32114|
|Owner||International Speedway Corporation|
|2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup||Daytona 500, Pepsi 400, Bud Shootout, Gatorade Duel|
|2005 NASCAR Busch Series||Hershey's Take 5 300 , Winn-Dixie 250|
|2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series||Florida Dodge Dealers 250|
|Distance||4.0 km (2.5 miles)|
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 168,000 spectators. Daytona races of motor vehicles of various kinds, including go-karts, dirt bikes, motorcycles, pickup trucks, and stock cars. The facility also includes a 3.56 mile (5.7 km) road course and 44 acre (178,000 m²) Lake Lloyd in the infield.
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 Craftsman Truck Series (where pickup trucks are raced), Busch Series (the stock car junior league), and Nextel Cup series. The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona is also held at Daytona.
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.
In the history of the Daytona International Speedway (as of 2005), many people have been killed at the speedway. 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; and Dale Earnhardt — the first person ever to be killed in the Daytona 500 — who was killed on the final lap in 2001.
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 Le Mans series. Then the racing begins for the Nextel Cup with the Budweiser Shootout and the Gatorade Duel. The Craftsman Truck Series begins with the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 . The Busch Series begins with the Hershey's Kisses 300 , and then it is back to the Nextel Cup in "The Great American Race," the Daytona 500. The Nextel Cup also features the Pepsi 400 in July at Daytona.
Daytona can be a place where your career can be made or broken. A place where your heart can be broken in "The Great American Race." You have to follow the draft in order to master Daytona. You also have to prove yourself several times in order to participate in the big show.
See also: List of NASCAR race tracks
- NASCAR Nextel Cup - Daytona 500
- NASCAR Nextel Cup - Budweiser Shootout
- NASCAR Nextel Cup - Gatorade Duel
- NASCAR Nextel Cup - Pepsi 400
- NASCAR Busch Series - Hershey's Take 5 300
- NASCAR Busch Series - Winn-Dixie 250 , presented by PepsiCo
- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series - Florida Dodge Dealers 250
- Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona
- Grand American Sports Car Series - Paul Revere 250 by Brumos
- NASCAR Qualifying: Bill Elliott, 338.548 km/h (210.364 mph), February 9, 1987.
- NASCAR Race: Buddy Baker , 285.823 km/h (177.602 mph), February 17, 1980.
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