Feb 21 | FOX SPORTS, DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY SIGN MULTI-YEAR, MULTI-PLATFORM DEAL FOR DAYTONA SUPERCROSS

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FOX SPORTS, DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY SIGN MULTI-YEAR, MULTI-PLATFORM DEAL FOR DAYTONA SUPERCROSS

FOX Sports and Daytona International Speedway have reached a five-year, multi-platform agreement to air the Daytona Supercross by Honda on FOX Sports 1, beginning with live coverage on Saturday, March 8 (7:30PM ET).

The event is race No. 10 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship 17-race season and is contested on the famed tri-oval over a challenging rough and sandy course designed by supercross legend and FOX Sports 1 analyst Ricky Carmichael.

“With FOX Sports doing all of the supercross races live this season, locking up Daytona is great for the fans,” said Carmichael, who won at Daytona a record five times. “Ralph (Sheheen), Jeff (Emig) and Jenny (Taft) and I have a blast calling the races, and Daytona obviously has special meaning to me, both as a racer and a course designer.”

“FOX Sports is thrilled to get this deal done with our friends at Daytona International Speedway,” said Patrick Crakes, FOX Sports SVP Programming, Research, and Content Strategy.  “The agreement solidifies the FOX Sports family of networks as the long-term home of the complete supercross schedule and strengthens our position as the leader in motor sports programming.”

Run during iconic Daytona Beach Bike Week, a 10-day festival celebrating the two-wheel lifestyle, Daytona Supercross, broadcast on the FOX Sports family of networks since 2002, is poised to deliver one of the most competitive seasons in series history with four different winners in the year’s first seven events heading into this weekend’s race in Atlanta.

“The Daytona Supercross By Honda is the premier Supercross event in the country,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III.  “We’re thrilled by FOX Sports’ commitment to serve as the broadcast home for the most challenging event on the Supercross schedule.”

For more information about the 2014 Daytona Supercross by Honda, please click here.

For complete FOX Sports motor sports insight, commentary, photography and video coverage please visit: http://msn.foxsports.com/speed

About FOX Sports

FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets.  Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships.  FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FOX Sports 1; FOX Sports 2; Fox’s 22 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports.  In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com on MSN, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com and Yardbarker.com.  Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network, BTN 2Go and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.

Feb 21 | DeLand, Florida-based Kingspan Becomes First “We Built Daytona” Partner

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Kingspan Products to be Featured in Construction of DAYTONA Rising

DAYTONA BEACH – Daytona International Speedway announced today that Kingspan Insulated Panels, a market leader in sustainable building product technology, will become the first partner in the “We Built Daytona” platform for the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project.

The “We Built Daytona” platform is designed specifically for partners involved in the construction of DAYTONA Rising. It provides an opportunity for manufacturers to become a part of the project and showcase their involvement through a marketing presence following completion of the new facility in 2016. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Kingspan’s insulated metal panels, totaling 125,000 square feet, will help to create the interior sections of the injectors – five large redesigned entrances spanning the nearly mile-long frontstretch. Approximately 400,000 square feet of the Speedway’s new exterior will be constructed using metal wall systems by Morin, a Kingspan company. About 80 percent of the metal panels to be used will be manufactured at Kingspan Insulated Panel North American Headquarters in DeLand, Florida, less than 20 miles from Daytona International Speedway.

Following construction, the three-year marketing agreement will allow Kingspan to feature its building panel products in-use at the new speedway, providing them with a real-time showroom.   Additionally, Kingspan will receive special recognition as a “We Built Daytona” partner within the facility, brand exposure opportunities via digital display boards as well as corporate hospitality for entertaining guests during major events.

“From day one, we’ve committed to maximizing sustainable building practices as part of DAYTONA Rising, including utilizing recyclable content where possible and reusing the existing steel structure,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “Kingspan, a great locally-based manufacturer, is an ideal partner for us and we believe the new frontstretch will provide a great platform for them to showcase their product portfolio.”

“With our recent facilities expansion and the location of our North American headquarters in DeLand, Kingspan Insulated Panels made a strong commitment to Volusia County. We can’t think of a more exciting  partner than Daytona International Speedway,” said Fergal Murphy, vice president of sales, Kingspan US. “DAYTONA Rising is a once-in-a-lifetime project that will enable us to increase our customer base, especially within the local business community.”

About Kingspan Insulated Panels - North America

Kingspan Insulated Panels is a global leader in the manufacturing of insulated metal wall and roof panels. It serves the commercial, industrial, architectural, cold storage and food processing markets and is committed to delivering the most advanced building products. The company has an established reputation in delivering efficient, sustainable exterior designs for sports stadiums and recognizable facilities such as the Hershey Center, Northern Kentucky University Bank of Kentucky Arena, University of Iowa and the Wimbledon Stadium. Kingspan has five North American production locations: DeLand, FL, Modesto, CA, Columbus, OH, Caledon, Ont. and Langley, B.C. For more information, please visit www.kingspanpanels.us and www.kingspanpanels.ca. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and YouTube to stay connected.

About DAYTONA Rising

DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reimagining of an American icon – Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. DAYTONA Rising: Reimagining an American Icon, expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million in labor income and over $80 million in tax revenue, will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500. DAYTONA Rising was recently cited as a key source of expected job growth in Volusia County as part of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

Toyota recently became the first Founding Partner of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through over 20,000 square feet of engagement area, branding rights for the Toyota Injector and one of the new neighborhoods.

Barton Malow is serving as the design-builder for the project. In addition to DAYTONA Rising, Barton Malow has renovated the University of Michigan “Big House” and the Rose Bowl.

ROSSETTI, an award-winning architectural design and planning firm for the past 40 years, which headed the design for Ford Field NFL Stadium, University of Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena and five Major League Soccer Stadiums, is leading the master planning of the DAYTONA Rising site.

Race fans can follow the progress of the DAYTONA Rising project by visiting www.DAYTONARising.com and connecting with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  Also, fans can see the construction project up close by taking one of the daily tours available at the Speedway on non-event days throughout the year. Visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours or the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building for more information.

For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

About Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention - as well as the largest audience in motorsports - the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of "World Center of Racing." In addition to eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.

Feb 21 | Joe Gibbs Racing Sweeps Budweiser Duel At Daytona

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Joe Gibbs Racing Sweeps Budweiser Duel At Daytona. Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin Victorious in Inaugural Nighttime Running of the 150-Mile Qualifying Races

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Joe Gibbs Racing swept the inaugural nighttime running of the Budweiser Duel At Daytona with Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin finishing atop the scoring pylon in their respective 150-mile qualifying races on Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway.

            Kenseth, who led a race-high 31 laps in the first qualifying race, was the victor in a three-wide finish at the checkered flag, edging out Kevin Harvick by .022 seconds with Kasey Kahne a close third. It was later announced that Harvick’s No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet failed post-race inspection nullifying his finish in the race.

            “Certainly (the win) felt good,” said Kenseth, who has won a Budweiser Duel two of the last three years. “The last few days haven’t felt great. To get the car in the front today and keep it there, win (the race), it certainly builds confidence in all of us, makes us feel like we can go out and get the job done if everybody does their jobs and we do everything right.”

            Hamlin has dominated Budweiser Speedweeks thus far, winning The Sprint Unlimited last Saturday night and leading 23 of the 60 laps on the way to his win in the second Budweiser Duel. Hamlin was followed across the finish line by three-time DAYTONA 500 champion Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch.

            “We just need to keep doing what we’re doing,” said Hamlin who picked up his fifth career win at the “World Center of Racing”. “We’re on a roll and once that snowball starts to roll, it’s hard to stop it. Right now we’re just on a heck of a run.

            “The biggest challenge I’ll have is to keep the reigns back for 450 miles,” said Hamlin when asked about what he needs to do to become the first driver to sweep Budweiser Speedweeks which culminates with the DAYTONA 500 on Sunday. “(The 500 is) going to be a much longer race and when you go out there and perform the way we have over these last few races, it’s hard not to just charge out there and show that you’re still on top and still the best right on Lap 1. That will be my challenge within myself – keeping the reigns back and realizing how long it is and try to be as patient as I can.”

            As Hamlin prepared to take the checkered flag, defending DAYTONA 500 and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson ran out of fuel entering the tri-oval, resulting in a nine-car accident.

            Among the bubble drivers that secured starting spots in “The Great American Race” on Sunday include Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates Cole Whitt and Alex Bowman, Landon Cassill, Josh Wise and Brian Scott.

           Failing to qualify for Sunday’s 56th annual Daytona 500 were Ryan Truex Jr., Michael McDowell, Joe Nemechek, Morgan Shepherd, Eric McClure and Dave Blaney.

Tickets for NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – the 56th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23 – start at $65 and are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR, #DAYTONA500 and #ROADTODAYTONA.  Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on TwitterFacebookInstagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com

Feb 18 | Second Annual UNOH Battle At The Beach

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Suarez Claims Second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Race This Week in Nightcap; Coby’s Late Push Captures the Win in Modified Race

UNOH Battle At The Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daniel Suarez won his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race in 48 hours as he surged to victory in the main event of Tuesday’s UNOH Battle At The Beach K&N Pro Series East race at Daytona International Speedway. 

Suarez dominated the field, fending off several challengers to claim his second race this week in Florida. His win in the Sunoco Race Fuels Toyota comes on the heels of a season-opening victory Sunday at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.

Suarez’s margin of victory was .596 seconds on the short track built on the backstretch of Daytona International Speedway.

The points-earning win is the Monterrey, Mexico native’s third victory in 32 NKNPS starts.  Suarez started Tuesday’s race in the sixth position.

“I have no words to explain how I feel right now,” said Suarez.  “This is a dream.”

Austin Hill finished second while Brandon McReynolds, son of two-time Daytona 500-winning crew chief Larry McReynolds, battled from 16th position to earn the third-place slot.

Last year’s inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach K&N Series winner Cameron Hayley finished 14th.

The win marks Suarez’s 17th career top-10 finish.  Suarez is a member of NASCAR’s Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.  He was the championship runner-up last season in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series after finishing 2012 in third place.

Doug Coby Wins NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Race After Late-Race Restart

Doug Coby’s patience paid off with a race win in the second annual UNOH Battle At The Beach NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race. 

Coby ran among the top five all night, trailing defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece for much of the race. Preece led 145 of the 150-lap (55.5 mile) feature event.  Dave Sapienza’s car made contact with the left rear of Preece during a restart following the eighth and final caution of the contest.  Coby took advantage of the bump and subsequent opening, darting to the lead and subsequent victory by a margin of .322 seconds.

Jason Myers finished second, while Luke Fleming took the third-place finish.  Preece, who started in the pole position, finished fourth.  Burt Myers rounded out the top five, giving Ford a manufacturer’s sweep.

“You just cross your fingers that the guy behind you would try something but not wreck you,” said Coby.  “I just got lucky that’s how it ended.”

Coby’s win is the second Battle At The Beach victory for his Ford team.  Steve Park won the inaugural race at Daytona last year. 

Coby, who hails from Milford, Conn. and is the 2012 NWMT champion, started in the fifth position.  He finished fourth in the 2013 UNOH Battle At The Beach.

Tickets for NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23 – start at $65 and are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR, #DAYTONA500 and #ROADTODAYTONA.  Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Feb 16 | Austin Dillon Puts Famed No. 3 on the DAYTONA 500 Pole

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Austin Dillon put the famed No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet on the pole for the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Austin Dillon put the famed No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet on the pole for the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23.

Dillon turned a lap of 196.019 mph around the 2.5-mile tri-oval during DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger on Sunday afternoon to become the second straight rookie to sit on the pole for “The Great American Race.” Danica Patrick captured the pole for last year’s DAYTONA 500.

The 23-year-old Dillon, grandson of Childress, is driving the legendary No. 3 car as he campaigns for rookie honors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2014. The historic No. 3 hasn’t been used in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition since 2001.

“Everybody wants to see this number perform well,” said Dillon, who has previously won the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck series championships driving the No. 3 car for Richard Childress Racing. “That’s why my goals are to stay focused. I know this is just qualifying, but it is great for these guys.”

Dillon is the fourth driver in the history of the DAYTONA 500 to put a No. 3 car on the pole. Buddy Baker (1969), Ricky Rudd (1983), Dale Earnhardt (1996) previously won DAYTONA 500 poles with the No. 3 car.

Said Childress: “I couldn’t be more proud for Austin and (crew chief) Gil (Martin) and all the guys that worked so hard this winter to come down here and run good. We wanted to put on a good show with the No. 3 and couldn’t be more proud of everybody.”

Starting alongside Dillon will be Furniture Row Racing’s Martin Truex Jr., who posted a lap of 195.852 mph with an Earnhardt-Childress Racing built engine. Dillon’s No. 3 car was also outfitted with an ECR engine giving the engine company a sweep of the front row.

“Front row, that is what we are here for today,” Truex Jr. said. “Obviously can’t say enough about this team. What a great job I think we have got about seven miles on this car One run yesterday, no testing down here, just an amazing job by the team..”

Earning the DAYTONA 500 pole secures Dillon a spot in the invitation-only 2015 Sprint Unlimited At Daytona.

For the moment, Dillon will enjoy the spotlight for the next week as the DAYTONA 500 pole sitter.

The remainder of the DAYTONA 500 starting field will be finalized in Thursday’s inaugural nighttime running of the Budweiser Duel At Daytona 150-mile qualifying races (FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio), which begin at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Both Dillon and Truex Jr. will each lead their respective Budweiser Duel fields to the green flag on Thursday night.

            Tickets for NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23 – start at $65 and are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

            Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR, #DAYTONA500 and #ROADTODAYTONA.  Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Feb 16 | NASCAR Drivers Among the more than 1,500 to Run the Daytona Beach Half Marathon

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NASCAR drivers among the more than 1,500 to run the Daytona Beach Half Marathon

Daytona Beach Half Marathon
DAYTONA BEACH (February 16, 2014) – A perfect morning in Daytona Beach provided great running conditions for the more than 1,500 runners that participated in the Daytona Beach Half Marathon this morning. Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip, were among those that participated in the half marathon. The men’s half marathon winner was Jose Diaz, from Orlando, with a time of 1:14:55. The women’s half marathon winner was Heather Schulz, from Orlando, with a time of 1:25:37. Jimmie Johnson finished 3rd in the men’s 34-39 age division, with a time of 1:28:16. Michael Waltrip finished the half marathon with a time of 2:16:38. Hosted by Volusia County, the Daytona International Speedway and the Central Florida Sports Commission, the Daytona Beach Half Marathon is an official event of the Budweiser Speedweeks lineup, taking place just one week before the 56th running of “The Great American Race” – the Daytona 500. In addition to NASCAR drivers participating in the race, other touches enhanced the NASCAR experience
for the runners, such as classic race cars placed along the route and checkered flags marking the beach portion of the course. In addition, each runner received two tickets to the DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented by Kroger, which is held today at 1pm, just three hours after the last runner crosses the finish line. "There's no other race in the country like the Daytona Beach Half Marathon, where you start at the world's most famous racetrack, run on the world's most famous beach and finish at the world's most famous finish line," said Volusia County Manager Jim Dinneen, who also ran the half marathon today. "And, by adding the Lap the Track and kids races this year, we really created a family event and what I believe will become the 'can't miss race' of the season." Runners began the half marathon on pit road at Daytona International Speedway and circled around the first two miles of the track, exiting the track at Gate 7, underneath construction from the DAYTONA Rising project. Runners then headed east on International Speedway Blvd continuing over the bridge, getting their first glimpse of the Halifax River and the beach, then finally reaching “The World’s Most Famous Beach” at approximately the 7.1 mile mark. Runners then ran on the beach for approximately two-tenths of a mile, getting an unobstructed view of the ocean as the sun rose on the beautiful horizon. Returning to the roads of Daytona Beach, runners then headed back to the Speedway for the finish and a trip to Gatorade Victory Lane.

New this year, the event also included a Lap the Track fun run, presented by the Florida Department of Transportation, and a Kids Race. Nearly 200 participated in the Lap the Track, presented by Florida Department of Transportation, which gave runners the opportunity to experience all the sights and sounds of Budweiser Speedweeks with one lap (approximately 2.2 miles) around the Daytona International Speedway. More than 30 kids, ages 11 years and younger, took part in the Kids Races with distances ranging from 100 to 400 yards. Combining all three races, more than 1,700 runners took park in the festivities today. With approximately an additional 2,200 spectators in attendance, the Daytona Beach Half Marathon, and the additional races, are expected to generate a significant impact for Volusia County. Initial estimates indicate that the event will result in over 800 room nights and nearly $1 million in economic impact for the County. “The Daytona Beach Half Marathon is a key part of the Sports Commission’s strategy to grow sports tourism in Volusia County,” said John Bisignano, Central Florida Sports Commission President/CEO. “It starts with a high performance team - Jim Dinneen & his Volusia County team, Joie Chitwood & the Daytona International Speedway team and the Central Florida Sports Commission team. It continues with a unique product - home of ‘The Great American Race’ and ‘The World’s Most Famous Beach’ and finishes with a focused effort to bring more high quality and unique events that drive economic value for Volusia County.”

Complete results can be found at the Dayton Beach Half Marathon website, www.daytonabeachhalf.com or at www.altavistasports.com. The date for the 2015 Daytona Beach Half Marathon will be released in the coming weeks. For real time updates and news, like the race on Facebook @Daytona Beach Half Marathon or follow on twitter @daytonahalf. Image attached of Half Marathon finish line. Tickets for all Budweiser Speedweeks At Daytona events are also available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.

About CFSC: The Central Florida Sports Commission strategically solicits, creates and supports marquee sports-related events and businesses that enhance our community’s economy. The Sports Commission represents the counties of Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia, as well as the City of Orlando. The Sports Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Central Florida including the SPORTYS, Breakfast of Champions and the Daytona Beach Half Marathon. For more information, please visit www.centralfloridasports.org

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