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2013 Daytona 500:

It has been called "The Great American Race" and "The Super Bowl of NASCAR." No matter what you call it there is no doubt that the 2013 Daytona 500 is the biggest, most-prestigious event on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.

The events at Daytona in February are collectively called "Speedweeks." Speedweeks include the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, Budweiser Duel and the Daytona 500 along with companion races by the ARCA, NASCAR 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 2012 to try to fix the problem and create side-by-side racing once again. These changes helped but the racing wasn't quite the same.

For 2013 NASCAR is bringing a whole new race car to the track. These "Generation Six" cars have been tested but no one knows for sure what kind of racing we will see during this year's Daytona 500.

Daytona International Speedway:

The Daytona 500 is held at the Daytona International Speedway. DIS is in Daytona, Florida which is on the Atlantic coast in the central part of the state.

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:

The Daytona 500 has had some fantastic moments. From great fights to great finishes on the track you can check out the Top Ten Greatest Moments in Daytona 500 History.

Or you might want to check out the highlights from some recent years' Daytona 500.

Daytona 500 Qualifying:

Daytona is unique in the way that it sets the lineup for the 2013 Daytona 500. No other race on the Sprint Cup schedule has a qualifying process like this. You can see the full explanation of the Daytona 500 Qualifying Process here.

All Daytona 500 Winners:

This complete list of Daytona 500 winners reads like a who's who among the greatest NASCAR drivers of all time. From Richard Petty to Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon most of the great ones scored in Daytona.

2013 Daytona Coverage:

Complete coverage including regular news updates will appear here throughout 2013 Speedweeks.

Here is a quick look at the 2013 Daytona Speedweeks schedule of events.

Saturday February 16th, 2013

Sunday February 17th, 2013 Wednesday February 20rd, 2013 Thursday February 21st, 2013 Saturday February 23rd, 2013 Sunday February 24th, 2013
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