Daytona Beach, Fl. 32114
31 Degrees of banking in the turns
18 Degrees on Tri-Oval
Important Track Dates:
- 1959:Track Built
- 1959: First NASCAR Race
- 2010: Track Repaved
First NASCAR Winner:
The Super Bowl of NASCAR:
The fast 2.5 mile tri-oval uses restrictor plates to keep the speeds managable. The plates cause aerodynamics to be more important than horsepower which results in big packs of cars running nose to tail and door to door all day long.
The biggest downside to racing at Daytona is "The Big One." With so many cars so close together if anyone makes the slightest error it can cause a 40-car pileup.
However, all of the restrictor plate concerns aside, the Daytona 500 is the grandaddy of them all. Your career isn't complete until you've found Victory Lane at Daytona. Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt spent the majority of their careers trying to win it, finally both scored the big win late in their careers and both called it the biggest day of their professional lives.
Daytona really is that special.