History

The Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida is the home one of the most famous races on the NASCAR circuit, the Daytona 500. The 101,000-seat track opened in 1959 and it features a 2.5-mile tri-oval, a 3.56-mile sports car course, a 2.96-mile motorcycle course, and a 1,320-feet kart track. In addition to hosting the Daytona 500, the Daytona International Speedway is the site of ARCA, AMA Superbike, SCCA, Motocross, and USCC races.

Since opening, the Daytona International Speedway has undergone a few renovations. In 1998, lights were added to the track. A little under two decades later, the racetrack underwent the Daytona Rising project, which was completed in 2016. The $400 million project removed the backstretch seating, redesigned the front stretch seating, expanded fan entrances, installed new restrooms and concession stands, and made the seating more comfortable.

Over the years, the Daytona International Speedway has been the site of many unforgettable moments. The Daytona 500 has provided many of the most memorable moments in NASCAR history including the death of popular driver Dale Earnhardt in 2001. On a lighter note, the Speedway was the site of several high school football games in 1959 and four Bethune-Cookman games from 1974 to 1975.

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