Race fans attending the 48th annual Pepsi 400 NEXTEL Cup Series event on Saturday, July 1 will receive a 2-for-1 special on fly-overs before the start of one of NASCAR's most exciting nighttime races.
Earlier in the day, NASA is scheduled to launch the space shuttle Discovery from the Kennedy Space Center in nearby Cape Canaveral, the first space shuttle launch in almost a year and the first ever on the same day of the Pepsi 400.
The launch is scheduled to take place at 3:48 p.m. and the "World Center of Racing" will be an excellent viewing spot.
The second fly-over at Daytona International Speedway will take place during the national anthem later that night and provided by four Air Force F-16s from the Ft. Smith, Ark.
"We think it's a real treat to have a space shuttle launch on the same day as we host the Pepsi 400 on Independence Day holiday weekend," Speedway President Robin Braig said.
Capping off the All-American night will be another high-flying spectacle as Santore & Sons Fireworks, located in nearby Bunnell, Fla., will once again display one of the largest fireworks shows in the Southeast.
Since the first nighttime running of the Pepsi 400 back in 1998, Santore & Sons has provided the post-race fireworks displays at "The World Center of Racing."
"There is no other show in the southeastern United States that has so many shells in one location throughout the July 4th holiday," said Santore & Sons Vice President Anthony Santore.
Tickets for the June 29-July 1 Pepsi 400 Weekend are available online at http://www.racetickets.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.