Daytona 500


Daytona International Speedway

Corporate sponsor None
First race 1959
Distance 500 miles (805 km)
Number of laps 200
Previous names Daytona 500 by STP

Daytona 500

Jeff Gordon

Ward Burton

The Flags are Waving in Daytona Beach

Daytona 500

The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Visit this rich resource for Daytona and NASCAR enthusiasts.

Gentlemen, start your engines and ladies, grab your beach bag. It's NASCAR time in Daytona Beach, Florida. 2006 is already wooing a track full of die-hard race car drivers and fans are pulling up trackside to get a glimpse of the action. Make sure you're there in 2006 for non-stop excitement at every turn on the track!

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Steve Merril's Daytona 500 Preview

The ninety-one day layoff is finally over and NASCAR returns this Sunday with the Daytona 500 (NBC - 2 p.m. ET). While most major sports play meaningless preseason games, NASCAR isn't afraid to start off with their biggest race of the year.

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NASCAR: The Rise Of A Racing Empire

In 1947, the sport of stock car racing was becoming extremely popular and beginning to draw large crowds of spectators. More drivers began taking an interest due to the increasing fan popularity. Cohesiveness, however, did not exist as rules differed from one racetrack to the next. Several tracks were built to produce one big show at a county fair, or similar event, in order to capitalize on the crowds of fans that were beginning to form. Other tracks, however, were built more toward handling the cars and not the crowds. Some tracks could accommodate both the fans and the cars, but did little to adhere to the rules governing the neighboring tracks.

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