2012 Daytona 500:
The events at Daytona in February are collectively called "Speedweeks." Speedweeks include the Budweiser Shootout, Gatorade Duels and the Daytona 500 along with companion races by the ARCA, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series. In all this is a great week for fans as the NASCAR season kicks off in style.
After the track was repaved in 2010 the 2011 Daytona 500 introduced a new type of two-by-two restrictor plate racing. The drivers discovered that two cars running nose-to-tail could run significantly faster than the large packs that have characterized racing at Daytona and Talladega for so long.
NASCAR made changes in the off-season to try to fix the problem and create side-by-side racing once again. Only time will tell if the problem has been fixed for the 2012 Daytona 500.
Daytona International Speedway:
Daytona is a 2.5 mile tri-oval with 31 degrees of banking in the corners. The high speeds possible here mean that the cars must use restrictor plates in order to keep the speeds manageable.
Daytona International Speedway was built in 1959 and that year saw the very first Daytona 500 on the brand new 2.5 mile superspeedway. This race had a barnburner of a finish that wasn't officially decided for three days
Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp were battling for the win off of turn 4 on the last lap with the lapped car of Joe Weatherly in the mix. The three of them crossed the finish line side-by-side-by-side, Beauchamp on the bottom, Petty in the middle and Weatherly on top. Beauchamp celebrated in victory lane that day but three days later Petty was declared the winner when newsreel footage showed that he beat Beauchamp to the line.
Daytona International Speedway has been thrilling race fans ever since.
Daytona 500 History:
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Daytona 500 Qualifying:
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2012 Daytona Coverage:
Complete coverage including regular news updates will appear here throughout 2012 Speedweeks.
Here is a quick look at the 2012 Daytona Speedweeks schedule of events.
Saturday February 18th, 2012
- 2012 Budweiser Shootout
- 2012 Budweiser Shootout Lineup
- Kyle Busch Survives Multiple "Big Ones" For Shootout Win
- Daytona 500 Qualifying
- Carl Edwards Claims Daytona 500 Pole
- Gatorade Duels
- Stewart and Kenseth Win 2012 Gatorade Duels