Thursday, February 21, 2013

Travel Tips: Daytona International Speedway

The “World Center of Racing” will play host to a triple-header weekend of competition for NASCAR’s top tiers of racing. Granted, there has been some of racing as well as the historic Daytona 500 qualifying going on since last weekend but this will be the most anticipated start to the 2013 high octane, unpredictable season.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series will all compete on the 2.5-mile tri-oval superspeedway showcasing the prowess of the GEN-6, up and coming young talent, history making moments along with driver and team changes throughout all three series.

This week’s Travel Tips will mainly consist of fan information about driver appearances and music concerts happening throughout this high adrenaline, fast-paced race weekend.


Thursday, Feb. 21:
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (2:00 p.m.), Budweiser Duels – 60 laps, 150 miles for both races 
  • Driver Appearances (Sprint FANZONE Main Stage): Marcos Ambrose (10:15 a.m.), Joey Logano (11:00 a.m.) and Miss Sprint Cup (12:00 p.m.) 
  • Driver Appearances (Midway Chevy Display): Jamie McMurray (10:45 a.m.), Jeff Burton (11:00 a.m.), Jeff Gordon (11:15 a.m.), Turner Motorsports (4:00 p.m.) & Ty Dillon (4:30 p.m.) 
  • Driver Appearances (Budweiser 1876 Hospitality Area): Jeff Burton (10:45 a.m.) and Kevin Harvick (11:00 a.m.) 
  • Driver Appearances (Midway Ford Display): Greg Biffle (10:45 a.m.) and Ryan Reed (12:00 p.m.) 
  • Live Music: On Tap, Sprint FANZONE Main Stage (10:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) 
Friday, Feb. 22:
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (7:30 p.m.), NextEra Energy Resources 250 - 100 laps, 250 miles 
  • Autograph Session (Midway Ford Display): David Ragan (2:00 p.m.) 
  • Driver Appearances (Midway Chevy Display): Tony Stewart (10:00 a.m.), Ron Hornaday (12:00 p.m.), Max Gresham/Justin Lofton (12:15 p.m.), Brian Scott (1:00 p.m.), Austin Dillon (2:30 p.m.) and Danica Patrick (5:00 p.m.) 
  • Driver Appearances (Midway Ford Display): Travis Pastrana/Trevor Bayne (2:20 p.m.) and Ryan Blaney (3:30 p.m.) 
  • Driver Appearance (Midway AARP Drive to End Hunger Display): Jeff Gordon (4:00 p.m.) 
  • Driver & VIP Appearances (Budweiser 1876 Hospitality Area): Ross Chastain (5:00 p.m.) and SPEED TV’s Hermie Sadler (5:30 p.m.) 
  • VIP & Driver Appearance (Sprint FANZONE Main Stage): NASCAR 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee Leonard Wood (5:00 p.m.) & Kurt Busch (5:30 p.m.) 
  • Live Music: Eric Lee Beddingfield - 3:00 p.m. (Midway Coke Stage); Hayfire - 3:30 p.m. (Sprint FANZONE Main Stage); and Jamie Tate – 5:00 p.m. (Midway Coke Stage) 
Saturday, Feb. 23:
  • NASCAR Nationwide Series (1:15 p.m.), Drive 4 COPD 300 – 120 laps, 300 miles 
  • Driver Appearance (Midway 5-Hour ENERGY Zone) – Clint Bowyer (9:30 a.m.) 
  • Driver Appearances (Midway Chevy Display) – Jimmie Johnson (9:45 a.m.) and Paul Menard/Juan Pablo Montoya (12:30 p.m.) 
  • Driver Appearances (Midway Ford Display) – Sam Hornish Jr. (9:30 a.m.), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (9:45 p.m.) and Michael Annett (11:00 a.m.) 
  • Driver Appearance (Midway Coke Stage): Elliott Sadler (10:40 a.m.) 
  • Live Music: Scarletta, Sprint FANZONE Main Stage (10:00 a.m.) and Chelsea Bain, Midway Coke Stage (12:00 p.m.) 
Sunday, Feb. 24:
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (1:00 p.m.), Daytona 500 "The Great American Race"- 200 laps, 500 miles 
  • Driver Appearances (Midway Chevy Display) – Kevin Harvick (9:40 a.m.), Ryan Newman/Dale Earnhardt Jr. (10:00 a.m.) and Kasey Kahne (10:30 a.m.) 
  • Driver Appearances (Midway Ford Display) – Marcos Ambrose (9:05 a.m.), Joey Logano (9:20 a.m.), Aric Armirola (9:35 a.m.) and Brad Keselowski (9:45 a.m.) 
  • Driver Appearances (Budweiser 1876 Hospitality Area): Ryan Newman (9:20 a.m.) and Kevin Harvick (10:00 a.m.) 
  • Driver Appearances (Sprint FANZONE Main Stage) – Jeff Burton (8:40 a.m.), Matt Kenseth (9:35 a.m.) and Trevor Bayne (10:15 a.m.) 
  • Live Music: Those Guys, Backstretch Fan Experience (9:00 a.m.); Justin Moore, Crown Royal Midway Display (10:00 a.m.); Chelsea Bain, Midway Coke Stage (10:00 a.m.); Greg Bates, Midway Coke Stage (11:30 a.m.); and Grammy Award Winner Zac Brown Band, Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show (12:20 p.m.) 

For Daytona International Speedway Fan Information, click here.
For weather information, click here.
For local restaurant information, click here.
For local area attraction information, click here.


Race Broadcast Schedule:
Feb. 22– NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: NextEra Energy Resources 250
TV: Fox Sports SPEED, 8:30 p.m. ET / Radio: MRN, 8:30 p.m. ET
Feb. 23– NASCAR Nationwide Series: Drive 4 COPD 300
TV: ESPN, 1:00 p.m. ET / Radio: MRN, 1:00 p.m. ET
Feb. 24 – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Daytona 500
TV: FOX, 1:00 p.m. ET / Radio: MRN, 1:00 p.m. ET

Unique Hiram is an Associate Editor/Contributing Writer/Media Rep for Skirts and Scuffs. Additionally, she is also the author of "Fast Lane Poetry," which was published April 2011. Unique can be contacted via email or through Twitter.


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