2013 Daytona 500:
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:
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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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
- Sprint Unlimited - Preview
- Kevin Harvick Overcomes Uncertainty for 2013 Sprint Unlimited Win
- Daytona 500 Pole Qualifying
- Danica Patrick Claims 2013 Daytona 500 Pole
- Budweiser Duel
- Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch Win 2013 Budweiser Duels
- 2013 DRIVE4COPD 300
- Fans Injured in Big Daytona Crash
- 2013 Daytona 500 >
- Jimmie Johnson Wins 2013 Daytona 500