The History of the Daytona 500

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Marcus Brink December 8, 2014 Mrs. Misra ENOC 1101 The History of the Daytona 500 The Daytona 500 has been a world-famous tradition of Daytona Beach for decades, creating the road to fame for divers such as Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. The Daytona 500 attracts tourists and NASCAR fans alike to Daytona Beach every year. Ever since the original Daytona 500 was held in 1959, the Daytona 500 has inspired the dreams of drivers and race enthusiasts across the country. However, the tradition of racing in Daytona Beach began in 1903, over half a century before the first official race took place. Around this time, early racing enthusiasts discovered that Daytona Beach’s smooth, hard packed sand was perfect for testing and racing automobiles. Over the next couple of decades, the beach’s reputation grew as ambitious racers broke world records that were once thought to be impossible to achieve, and in 1936, the Daytona Road Course began to host races. Daytona Beach’s fame caught the attention of a driver named Bill France. In 1948, France met with other drivers and race enthusiasts in Daytona Beach and organized a racing committee that would be in charge of managing the races, creating a set of official rules, and planning the schedule for each season. This organization would become known as NASCAR, or the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing. Funded by NASCAR, the Daytona International Speedway was built in 1959, replacing the Daytona Road Course and establishing Daytona Beach as the official headquarters of NASCAR. Every February since the Daytona International Speedway was opened, the world-famous Daytona 500 has been held there. The race continues to bring in thousands of visitors each year looking to escape the cold winter outside of Florida and visit the beach, relax, watch the race, and have a good time. As one of the factors contributing to…...

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