Get A Piece of Daytona International Speedway. Repaving Happening Now!

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welcome to Daytona Beach-copyrighted by Lisa HillDaytona Beach area residents and visitors, here's some interesting news for NASCAR Racing Fans. The Daytona International Speedway is currently being repaved... a one year project that began right after the "400". What's interesting about this repaving are a couple of key points.

  • This is the first time the track has been re-paved since 1978; only the 2nd re-paving since it was built.
  • Fans will have an opportunity to own a piece of the old track. This idea came from the behaviors of passionate Dale Earnhardt fans who began digging up turf from the infield after his historic 1998 win at the Daytona 500. Those who have already purchased 2011 season tickets will automatically receive a piece of the old track.

For those of you who are interested in reading more information about the re-paving, and the speedway itself, here are some interesting links...

On a personal note, I once participated in a bike-a-thon on the 2.5 mile track. I can assure you that without a racing car, that track is a beast! It's breath-taking to actually BE ON the track, and see the steep incline that surounds the edges of the track (where the cars actually race). It looks almost like a wall in and of itself. You MUST have a race car to ride on that incline. It actually requires those unbelievable speeds, in order for gravity to do it's job.

Daytona International SpeedwaySome last tidbits of information for this post...

Apparently the Daytona International Speedway has been receiving complaints from drivers for several years now, although it has always held a certain infamy for it's bumpy turns. It's been part of the challenge, and the draw for the drivers who race there. It's why it's one of the highest honors when a driver wins on this particular track. It will be interesting to hear what the driver's think of the finished track when it becomes a bit smoother after it's completion.

In the interim, there's MUCH work to be done! Before the new pavement goes down, the list of prep-work is quite daunting. Just consider the sheer height of the turns, as well as the 57 light poles, the barriers, and the safety-fencing on the high-bank turns. And that's not the part that's even started yet. For now, they're beginning with the 8,300 linear feet of "Safer" barrier. And guess who has been there to help with the beginning of the removal of 17 million plus pounds of asphalt and lime rock? How about... Darrell Waltrip and Michael Waltrip?

According to Bob Zeller; Motorsports Editor, before the new pavement goes down, there's a lot of preparation work to be done. Recently, workers began removing 57 light poles, the safety fencing in the high-banked turns and 8,300 linear feet of SAFER barrier.

So to all you Daytona Beach NASCAR racing fans, we'll see you next year, as racing is done on a brand new track! And if you'd like to obtain your own piece of history as the old track is removed, just follow the link to the DIB web site.

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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
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As a race fan I am glad to see the repaving going on. Daytona needs to remain the pre-eminent racing spot in the world!

Jul 21, 2010 01:10 AM #1
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Lisa,

This is a very cool blog. I learned a lot even while I am a local resident for 15 years. Very interesting

Jul 21, 2010 04:42 AM #2
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Leesa Finley
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That's some really neat tid-bits about the track, Lisa!  I can't imagine what that track is like on a bike - whew, you certainly have more stamina than me!

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Jul 21, 2010 07:40 AM #3
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Gary- I agree. Apparently the drivers have liked the unique "bumps" in areas of the track. They consider it a challenge, and a test of their abilities. But no paving since 1978!? It's definitely due for an overhaul!

Jon- I tend to pickup odd tidbits about the area. Glad you enjoyed it. =)

Leesa- I didn't say I was able to actually ride on that incline! lol. Although a few people figured out how to get up on the incline from the starting point, and ride ON the top edge all the way around.

Jul 21, 2010 09:09 AM #4
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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It's time and it's time for Pocono also...when the driving is dangerous because of the track surface, it is not an ENJOYABLE race for the fans!!!

Aug 03, 2010 04:59 AM #5
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WSG- From what I found in my research, a few of the drivers have been complaining for years, but in all of their minds, the "bumps" were part of the challenge. So they put things off for a while because even the drivers were only partially concerned. They found the bumps to be a concern and a challenge. It was only when those spots became truly dangerous that they knew something had to be done.

I think it will be interesting to see if the smoother surface will perhaps "level the playing field" with the drivers. The old-timers who have known exactly where the trouble spots were may have had an advantage. Now they all have to wait a year before anyone can drive on the track again; and then they'll have to learn it together. That should make for some interesting results =)

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