Daytona 500

Daytona Beach International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race"-the DAYTONA 500. The DAYTONA 500 is one of the most popular and  most  prestigious races in the world.  The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series kicks off the event and the Daytona 500 Race serves as the final event of Speed Weeks and is known as the "Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing." Daytona 500 race is held the second half of February on a Sunday in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) stock car race.

From the time it first opened in February 1959, Daytona International Speedway has been a place where history is made.  Lee Petty was the first winner back in 1959 with an average speed of 135.5mph and a winner of the $19,050 purse.  Almost 50 years later, Kevin Harvick won in 2007 with an average speed of 149.33mph and winnings of $1,510,469.   The 2006 Daytona 500 attracted the sixth largest average live global TV audience of any sporting event that year with 20 million viewers.

Race fans and vendors for Nascar events find private condominium and beach house accommodations an attractive alternative to high priced hotels. It can be hard finding the perfect place to stay during these events and we suggest that you book ahead. Condo Rentals Oceanfront and ocean view vacation condos with oceanfront swimming pools and private beach homerentals by owner allow couples or friends traveling together to share a unit. Ormond Beach and Ormond by the Seaare a short drive to International Speedway and provide a great beach vacation away from the crowds in DaytonaBeach.

Though the DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup event receives most of the attention-as well as the largest audience in motor sports-the enormous 480-acre motor sports complex has the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of "World Center of Racing." DIS is known throughout the world as a place where everyone in motor sports wants to claim a victory.

 Daytona International Speedway Track Info

1801 W. International Speedway Blvd

Daytona Beach, FL 32114


Track Shape:   Tri-Oval

Track Length:  2.5 miles

Front Stretch Length: 3,800 feet

Back Stretch Length:  3,000 feet


Banking:         31˚ Turns

18˚ Tri-Oval

3˚ Back Straightaway

Seating Capacity:  168,000

Total Acreage:  480 acres

Broke Ground: 1956   Opened: 1959

Construction Cost: $3 Million


First Winner:         Lee Petty, 1959

Most Recent Winner: 2009 Daytona 500 - Matt Kenseth;

2009 Coke Zero 400 - Tony Stewart

Most Wins:   Dale Earnhardt (34 wins)

Lap Record  Bill Elliott; 210.36 mph (42.78 sec.)

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