DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 24, 2008) – Once again the Daytona 500, NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race, has been recognized by Florida Monthly magazine in its “Best of Florida Awards 2008.”
The publication’s September issue – “13th Annual BEST OF FLORIDA Awards” edition – recognized the historic 50th Running of the “Great American Race” as the “Best Annual Sporting Event” for the third year. It also named the Daytona 500 as the “Best Motorsports Event” – the seventh time it has garnered that award. The awards are a result of magazine reader votes.
 “We’re honored to have the residents across the state of Florida and Florida Monthly magazine recognize the Daytona 500,” said Robin Braig, Speedway President. “We continue to work hard year in and year out to provide a quality event that the state can be proud of.”
As the “Best Annual Sporting Event,” the Daytona 500 took top honors ahead of the University of Florida vs. University of Georgia football game in Jacksonville while the “Best Motorsports Event” outdistanced the NHRA Gatornationals and the 12 Hours of Sebring.  
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