DAYTONA – The Daytona 500 is recognized as the greatest stock car race in the world and on Feb. 26, 2017 the 59th running will take place at Daytona International Speedway. Ever since drivers ran up and down the famed beach course from 1936-58, Daytona has been synonymous with speed. The first Daytona 500 at the newly-constructed Daytona International Speedway took place on Feb. 22, 1959 with a field of 59 cars and crowd of over 40,000. Since then, the race has grown to become one of the top sporting events in the country.
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