The enthusiasm for the historic 58th running of the DAYTONA 500, the first race in the world’s only motorsports stadium, was tremendous as stadium tickets sold out, with fans representing 44 different countries and every state in the U.S. enjoying all 101,500 wider, more comfortable seats.
Entering Turn 4 on the final lap the DAYTONA 500, Denny Hamlin made a bold move by making it three-wide between teammate Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr. Hamlin's move set up a sprint to the finish line where he edged Truex by 0.010 seconds for the closest finish in race history.
Denny Hamlin gave Joe Gibbs Racing its first DAYTONA 500 victory in 23 years; Dale Jarrett captured the organization’s first overall victory in “The Great American Race” in 1993.
Following the completion of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project, fans at Speedweeks 2016 were among the first to experience the world’s only motorsports stadium as race day was forever reimagined.
February air in Daytona Beach signals the return of NASCAR racing action. Speedweeks 2016 took place over two weekends with seven different events over four different racing series.
Award winning country music duo Florida Georgia Line helped kick off the 2016 running of “The Great American Race," playing the DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show. During the 20-minute show, the duo entertained fans with a collection of songs that all reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Chart.
At 20 years, 2 months and 17 days, Chase Elliott – son of two-time DAYTONA 500 champion Bill Elliott – became the youngest-ever winner of a DAYTONA 500 pole, supplanting Austin Dillon (23 years, 9 months 27 days in 2014).
Five massive fan injectors, each with a unique atmosphere, greeted fans as they entered into the new Daytona International Speedway. DAYTONA Founding Partners Chevrolet, Florida Hospital, Sunoco and Toyota were each represented at one of these entrances as fans found thousands of square feet of engagement and entertainment in these spaces.
FREE for kids 12 and under, Fanzone was arguably the best deal throughout Speedweeks. From pre-race access and driver appearances to face painting and a rock wall, Fanzone provided hours of entertainment for adults and children alike.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. held off 2015 DAYTONA 500 winner Joey Logano and rookie Ryan Blaney to win the Can-Am Duel for the second straight year and for the fifth time overall. He is now tied for third all-time in event victories behind Cale Yarborough (6) and his father Dale Earnhardt (12).
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