It's been almost two weeks since motorcycles were soaring over mounds of clay in the five-acre tri-oval of Daytona International Speedway during the Daytona Supercross By Honda.
Now, the DIS grounds grew is busy reconstructing the historic tri-oval so it'll be ready in time for the 49th annual Pepsi 400 Weekend on July 5-7.
Lead by Sam Newpher, the DIS Superintendent of Grounds & Turf, a five-man crew along with some outside contractors, are restoring the lush green tri-oval grass in time for the Independence Day holiday weekend.
"It's a big task but it's part of the job," Newpher said. "You have to have a pretty good idea what's going on to get it done."
To create the eye-catching field of 419 Bermuda grass in the tri-oval, the clay from the Daytona Supercross By Honda course is first removed, leveled and mixed up. Following grading, on late Tuesday afternoon, sprigs of grass were planted into the tri-oval.
The tri-oval area will be watered heavily for the next 10 days and then fertilized once a week. It'll take eight to 10 weeks for the grass to grow in.
By July, this highly visible real estate located between pit road and the start/finish line will showcase the signature "Daytona" logo seen by millions of TV viewers and gazed upon by more than 200,000 race fans that visit the hallowed grounds of DIS.
The Pepsi 400 Weekend is headlined by the 49th annual Pepsi 400 NEXTEL Cup Series race on Saturday night, July 7, the sixth annual Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo Busch Series race and Circle K Qualifying for the Pepsi 400 event on Friday, July 6 and the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Series race on Thursday, July 5.
Tickets for the Pepsi 400 Weekend are available online at www.racetickets.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.