‘The Great American Race’ is also considered the “Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing,” along a 2.5-mile track at Daytona International Speedway – where dreams are fulfilled and legends born. Typically held in February, the Daytona 500 is a 500-mile-long NASCAR Sprint Cup Series motor race carrying the largest purse and commanding televised viewership in the tens of millions. Winners of the grueling race, including Richard Petty, Sterling Marlin and Dale Earnhardt, not only earn immense bragging rights, but are also presented with the Harley J. Earl Trophy in Victory Lane.
The race requires 200 laps around the super Speedway that showcases some of the most expensive American cars ever built – from Chevrolet and Ford to Plymouth and Dodge. The race is also one of the four-restrictor plate races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule and since 1982, has been the season-opening race of the series. That’s like having the Super Bowl before NFL pre-season! Year after year and lap after lap, the Daytona 500 is more than just a car race. It’s a longstanding Daytona Beach tradition that brings fame and glory to “The World’s Most Famous Beach.” Complete with the smell of motor oil, thousands of cheering fans and the loudest car engines you’ll ever hear, the Daytona 500 is one of the area’s premier events.
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