Speedweeks kicks off at Daytona International Speedway

Fans pack track at Daytona for Lucas Oil 200, Sprint Unlimited


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Speedweeks kicked off Saturday at the Daytona International Speedway, marking some of the most exciting moments for race fans leading up to the Daytona 500.

Fans packed the track at Daytona, beginning with the Lucas Oil 200 and then Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited, a race known as an important practice before the 500 next Sunday.

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At Finish Line RV Park, across from the speedway, managers are predicting a full house, with 300 RVs expected by mid-week. Phil Viger brought his new toy to the park this week, a $2 million Millennium RV boasting a bedroom, living space and 1.5 bathrooms, as well as outdoor stove and grill.

Viger and his neighbors at the park have been coming to the races for decades and say it's the excitement surrounding the 500 that brings them back year after year.

"We already have our tickets for the 500 and our fan zone passes. We're excited about that. We did the fan zone once before and we never even went to our seats," said Sherry Overbeck.

Daytona Beach police didn't report any major traffic problems Saturday night. They're urging drivers and pedestrians to use extra caution during the busy week.