Daytona International Speedway is the second most noticeable speedway in the world only behind the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For years, Daytona has put on some of the most spectacular races in recent memory. Due to it's high speed and slick pavement, Daytona differs itself from the other Superspeedway Talladega. The hot temperatures make the already worn down pavement as slick as ice, forcing drivers and the teams to focus on the handling of the car. By the end of both races this weekend, the winner would have been able to run the 2.5 speedway flat throughout the night. But due to the track condition, NASCAR has had no choice but to pave the speedway for the first time in over 30 years. With the new pavement Daytona will turn into Talladega, allowing handling to fade from the speedway for the upcoming years. Daytona won't be the same after this July 4th weekend. This weekend feels like a turning point in NASCAR, as it's Triple A series introduces a new car that could change NASCAR forever. If the new car is a success, the templates could cross over to the Cup series allowing the manufacturers to have some independence in the appearance and performance of the cars.
Whether or not you like the racing at Talladega, Daytona has been very unique in it's racing and it will be disappointing when the track is paved into a 2.5 mile highway. The racing will be different next year so enjoy what the track has given us in it's past. This will be a Firecracker/Pepsi/Coke Zero 400 that I will never forget.
Do you think Daytona will change as much as I do? Are you excited/Disappointed? Is their an alternative to paving the Speedway?
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