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Cars in action during preseason testing for the ARCA Menards Series at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Jan. 10, 2020. (ARCA Racing)
Cars in action during preseason testing for the ARCA Menards Series at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Jan. 10, 2020. (ARCA Racing)

Track profile: Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway needs little to no introduction. The track known as the World Center of Racing is America’s most famous racing venue and home to some of the most prestigious auto races in the world.

Located a few miles from the Atlantic coast in Daytona Beach, Florida, the massive superspeedway has hosted the ARCA Menards Series season-opener every year since 1979. That tradition continues in 2022.

PHOTOS: ARCA Menards racing at Daytona

Nobody has won more ARCA Menards Series races at Daytona than Bobby Gerhart did with eight victories, including a pair of three-peats from 2005-2007 and 2010-2012. Of his nine career ARCA Menards Series wins, eight came at Daytona.

Below is all you need to know about the track that hosts the ARCA Menards Series season-opener every February.

Track profile: Daytona International Speedway

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Track Daytona International Speedway
Location Daytona Beach, Florida
Opened 1959
Layout Tri-oval
Surface Asphalt
Length 2.5 miles
Width 40 feet
Banking 31 degrees (turns); 18 degrees (tri-oval)
Capacity 101,500

The history of Daytona International Speedway began in 1953, when Bill France Sr. realized the days of racing on the beach were numbered due to spreading land usage of a rapidly growing population and huge race crowds. France put his plans for the future of racing in Daytona Beach, Florida, in motion on April 4, 1953, with a proposal to construct a permanent speedway facility.

On Aug. 16, 1954, France signed a contract with City of Daytona Beach and Volusia County officials to build what would become Daytona International Speedway, the “World Center of Racing.” In 1957, land clearing began for the Speedway. The famous 31-degree highbanks were included in the design of the track so higher speeds could be achieved and to make it easier for fans to see the cars race around the 2.5-mile tri-oval. The dirt for the banking was taken from the infield and resulted in a 29-acre space that is known as Lake Lloyd.

Racing moved from the beach-road course to Daytona International Speedway in 1959, and the first Daytona 500 took place on Feb. 22 in front of a crowd of more than 41,000.

In 1961, the Daytona 200 motorcycle race was moved from the beach to the Speedway. The following year, DIS hosted the inaugural running of what is now known as the Rolex 24 At Daytona, North America’s most prestigious sports car race. The race was initially a three-hour race and became the 24-hour race we know it as today in 1966.

On July 5, 2013, ground broke on the $400 million Daytona Rising frontstretch renovation project that would transform the historic speedway into a state-of-the-art motorsports facility. The Speedway now has approximately 101,500 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, 40 escalators, 17 elevators, twice as many restrooms, three times as many concession stands and three concourse levels that span the nearly mile-long frontstretch.

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Daytona International Speedway during the Lucas Oil 200 Driven By General Tire for the ARCA Menards Series at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.
Daytona International Speedway during the Lucas Oil 200 Driven By General Tire for the ARCA Menards Series at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.

ARCA Menards Series results at Daytona

Year Date Series Race Winner Complete Results
2021 02/13/21 ARCA Menards Series Corey Heim Results
2020 02/08/20 ARCA Menards Series Michael Self Results
2019 02/09/19 ARCA Menards Series Harrison Burton Results
2018 02/10/18 ARCA Menards Series Michael Self Results
2017 02/18/17 ARCA Menards Series Austin Theriault Results
2016 02/13/16 ARCA Menards Series John Wes Townley Results
2015 02/14/15 ARCA Menards Series Grant Enfinger Results
2014 02/15/14 ARCA Menards Series Grant Enfinger Results
2013 02/16/13 ARCA Menards Series John Wes Townley Results
2012 02/18/12 ARCA Menards Series Bobby Gerhart Results
2011 02/12/11 ARCA Menards Series Bobby Gerhart Results
2010 02/06/10 ARCA Menards Series Bobby Gerhart Results
2009 02/07/09 ARCA Menards Series James Buescher Results
2008 02/09/08 ARCA Menards Series Michael Annett Results
2007 02/10/07 ARCA Menards Series Bobby Gerhart Results
2006 02/12/06 ARCA Menards Series Bobby Gerhart Results
2005 02/12/05 ARCA Menards Series Bobby Gerhart Results
2004 02/07/04 ARCA Menards Series Kyle Busch Results
2003 02/08/03 ARCA Menards Series Chase Montgomery Results
2002 02/10/02 ARCA Menards Series Bobby Gerhart Results
2001 02/11/01 ARCA Menards Series Ryan Newman Results
2000 02/13/00 ARCA Menards Series David Keith Results
1999 02/07/99 ARCA Menards Series Bobby Gerhart Results
1998 02/08/98 ARCA Menards Series Kenny Irwin Jr. Results
1997 02/09/97 ARCA Menards Series Andy Hillenburg Results
1996 02/11/96 ARCA Menards Series Jeff Purvis Results
1995 02/12/95 ARCA Menards Series Andy Hillenburg Results
1994 02/13/94 ARCA Menards Series Mike Wallace Results
1993 02/07/93 ARCA Menards Series Jeff Purvis Results
1992 02/08/92 ARCA Menards Series Jimmy Horton Results
1991 02/10/91 ARCA Menards Series Ben Hess Results
1990 02/11/90 ARCA Menards Series Jimmy Horton Results
1989 02/12/89 ARCA Menards Series Ben Hess Results
1988 02/07/88 ARCA Menards Series Mickey Gibbs Results
1987 02/08/87 ARCA Menards Series Ralph Jones Results
1986 02/09/86 ARCA Menards Series Grant Adcox Results
1985 02/10/85 ARCA Menards Series Glenn Sears Results
1984 02/12/84 ARCA Menards Series Rick Wilson Results
1983 02/14/83 ARCA Menards Series Ferrel Harris Results
1982 02/07/82 ARCA Menards Series Joe Ruttman Results
1981 02/08/81 ARCA Menards Series Tim Richmond Results
1980 02/10/80 ARCA Menards Series John Rezek Results
1979 02/11/79 ARCA Menards Series Kyle Petty Results