A decade after his first DAYTONA 500 victory, Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to Gatorade Victory Lane in a thrilling finish to the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.
Earnhardt Jr. spoke Thursday from the Media Center
Daytona International Speedway has a number of unique qualities: Steep banking, great sightlines. Most unusual? There is a lake in the middle of the infield.
The first Sprint Cup series practice session here at Daytona International Speedway was cut short yesterday due to a violent crash near the start/finish line.
It will retired after Sunday's race
Wednesday afternoon practice session
The Spirit of Goodyear will make its final flight this Sunday here at the Daytona 500.
Tour of the interactive area geared towards the fans.
Yesterday marked the 13th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's crash here that cost his life in 2001. A statue of the Intimidator greets visitors at the Daytona USA museum on the grounds here and it was a frequently visited spot yesterday where some fans brought their flowers in remembrance of the NASCAR legend.
Dale Earnhardt died February 18, 2001 on the final lap of the Daytona 500
Imagine being able to ride around NASCAR's most famous tracks. Fans can pay about $140 for three laps. And as John found out, it's the ride of a lifetime.
The horses are part of the festivities at Daytona International Speedway
Austin Dillon put the famed No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet on the pole for the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23.
The early part of the week here at the Daytona International Speedway is expected to be perfect. Local meteorologists are calling for the possibility of storms on Friday and Saturday with a spotty chance of rain for race on Sunday.
Monday was a memorable day at Daytona. And while the drivers may have been off the track, that wasn’t the case for everyone. The Richard Petty Driving School has a setup here and I was able to ride in a Generation Five car for three laps.
John Kucko takes a ride around the track.
Welcome from Daytona International Speedway. I covered my first NASCAR race in 1987 at Watkins Glen. Must confess, I didn’t know much about the sport, but quickly got hooked mainly because of the great television it provided with the breathtaking sights and sounds.
Singer, songwriter Aloe Blacc will perform the National Anthem prior to the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race
Each year there are eight weekends of racing at the speedway
Since it opened in 1959, the raceway has undergone several renovations
The two and a half mile trioval has banking up to 31 degrees.
Daytona International Speedway took two years to build and opened in 1959.
Fans can walk on a fan deck and view the track and garage activity. They can also watch race teams working in the garage.
The Daytona International Speedway is in the midst of a massive renovation project called Daytona Rising.
NASCAR teams have moved their base of operation to Daytona, Florida for the busiest two week stretch of their season. The main component for each team is their slick, 18 wheel hauler.