Wednesday, February 15, 2012

REPORT: Local, Regional Drivers To Compete At Daytona In 2013

Daytona International Speedway will take on a decidedly short track feel in 2013, with the addition of All-Star events for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, Whelen Modified Tours and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Daytona Beach News Journal Motorsports editor Godwin Kelly reported today that a new, 4/10-mile oval will be built inside the Daytona Superstretch, using portions of the existing backstretch and delineated by removable concrete “jersey barriers.” An announcement is expected Friday that a two-night calendar of events will be run on Monday and Tuesday of Speedweeks – under the lights -- for NASCAR’s local and regional racers.

DIS President Joie Chitwood III told the Journal, “…It's an opportunity to connect with that local racer supporting NASCAR. Thinking about them getting the chance to run at the World Center of Racing, it felt like the right thing to do. Whether it's a hobby or profession, everybody should have the chance to race at Daytona." 

Any 2012 winner on the K&N Pro Series East or West, Whelen Modified Tour North or South will receive invitations to take part in the event, along with top finishers in the season long NASCAR Whelen All American Series standings and NASCAR’s Canadian, Mexican and European Series. In addition to giving NASCAR’s top local and regional stars their own version of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the move is seen as an opportunity to boost the profit margin at DIS, which has traditionally not featured any on-track activity Monday or Tuesday before the Daytona 500.


  1. Great, lets hurt the short tracks in the area which have huge crowds those nights, and take Modifieds away from them. Sounds like a great plan.

    1. Huge crowds? You obviously haven't been to New Smyrna recently!

  2. Anonymous8:47 PM

    I am sure New Smyrna Speedway is just thrilled of this announcement.

  3. Anonymous8:03 AM

    This is not good news for short track racing. This is the week where the two local short tracks (New Smyrna and Volusia County)need to make enough money to support themselves for the year. Taking a couple of night of race fans away from them is a shame!

  4. Unquestionably a good thing for the short track teams/drivers, but NASCAR could have placed the events at existing venues in the area in line with their "Hometracks - Soul of NASCAR" theme. Missed opportunity to "walk the talk"