The Daytona Speedway you know as a NASCAR superspeedway was opened in 1959. Before then, they had this great idea: Race down the paved costal highway then hang a high-speed left onto the soft, sandy beach. No one will crash, right? The harder-packed sand straightway was the site of land-speed record chases; Henry Seagrave set a record of 203.79 mph there in 1927. But the oval-track cars tore up the corners and led to many crashes. That’s probably why there are so many spectators there.
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