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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR’s Historic Daytona Brings Fireworks, Speed and Volatility

When Daytona International Speedway was being built by the France family prior to its opening in 1959, construction crews piled the sand as high as gravity would allow. That created 31 degree banking on the 2.5-mile racetrack that has humbled stock car drivers ever since. In 2012, drivers will face a still smooth tri-oval track that was repaved in 2010. The certainty of any result is just as dubious as when the first layer of asphalt was applied to mounded sand. The track is famous for the Daytona 500 in February, but DIS has another race in July, the Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola. That night event will commence at 6:30 p.m. ET July 7 on TNT. Many thousands of fans will swarm the high-rise stands to get a great night race show that is ...

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