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.