The Daytona International Speedway recently completed its first repaving since 1979 and is ready once again for racing. Stock car’s most historic track received a much-need makeover with the Daytona 500 drawing near. Daytona’s renovations earned favorable reviews from top NASCAR drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, and reigning Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray. Race fans will recall all the problems the track had at last year’s Daytona 500. A pesky pothole delayed the race for hours, drawing criticism of numerous race teams. Race officials apologized for the condition of the track and vowed to fix all of Daytona's problems.
Daytona went right to work this offseason, completely repaving the entire track. The updates should make “The Great American Race” a tighter, more “Talladega-type” race. Those who are lucky enough to get their hands on 2011 Daytona 500 tickets can expect to see their favorite drivers making turns at around 200 MPH. Drivers are anticipating, that with the track’s new pave job, there will be quite a few crashes. The track will allow for three-car turns, giving every lap a new level of excitement. Daytona also renovated the pit row, making it safer for both drivers and crew members. Despite all the improvements the track has underwent since last year's race, officials have been extra careful not to change too much at Daytona. Fans this February should be ready to see an aggressive, exhilarating race this winter at the Daytona 500.