|Daytona International Speedway|
Daytona Beach, Florida
Daytona is more than a track. It is a temple to NASCAR, where 168,000 of the faithful congregate for the biggest race of the season. Yes, NASCAR does at times seem like little more than pro wrestling with fenders. But watching 43 “stock” cars — each weighing 3,500 pounds and putting out around 700 horsepower — trading paint on this tri-oval superspeedway is a sight to behold.
The 2.5-mile banked track, opened in 1959, is one of two on the NASCAR calendar that use restrictor plates to limit the cars’ top speeds. Some of the biggest names in stock car racing have won at Daytona, including Richard Petty, Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip, to name a few. Dale Earnhardt won here, and died here, too.
The track can be configured for sports car and motorcycle racing, but the Daytona 500 remains the marquee event.Source:wired