Tickets for the most anticipated racing event in history - the 50th annual Daytona 500 - are now on sale. The pre-Mother's Day Weekend on-sale date marks the earliest opportunity ever for fans to purchase all remaining tickets for the 50th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 17, 2008.

Prior to Wednesday, May 9, only renewals and deposits for seat assignments for the 50th annual Daytona 500 were taken by the ticket office at Daytona International Speedway.

The Daytona 500, the kick off to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season, is the biggest, richest and most prestigious stock car race of the year.

Daytona International Speedway offers several convenient methods for fans to purchase tickets to "The Great American Race."

· Online at

· Calling 1-800-PITSHOP

· Visiting the Daytona International Speedway ticket office inside the lobby of DAYTONA USA

"The 50th annual Daytona 500 is going to be a coveted ticket and we encourage our race fans to get their tickets early," Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. "The Daytona 500 has traditionally been a sell out since the inaugural event in 1959. We have a big celebrations planned for the 50th annual Daytona 500 and every race fan is going to want to be here in person to experience it."

Also available for purchase through or 1-800-PITSHOP include:

· Tickets for other DIRECTV Speedweeks at Daytona events, including the Daytona 300 NASCAR Busch Series race, the Chevy Silverado HD 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, the Gatorade Duel at Daytona, Bud Pole Qualifying for the Daytona 500 and the Budweiser Shootout.

· Hospitality packages including the Daytona Club, the Daytona 500 Club, the Green Flag Club and the Party Zone.

· NEXTEL FANZONE/Pre-Race access for the Daytona 500.

· Tickets for the upcoming Pepsi 400 Weekend on July 5-7, including the Pepsi 400 on Saturday night, July 7, the Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo NASCAR Busch Series race and Circle K Pole Qualifying for the Pepsi 400 on Friday, July 6 and the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Sports Car Series race on Thursday, July 5.