Speedway to host first-ever short track race

'Battle at the Beach' features 0.4-mile track

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Daytona International Speedway has played host to a number of types of races, but fans will experience a first at the Speedway on Monday and Tuesday night.

The Speedway will undergo a small makeover to hold the first-ever short track race in its storied history. The two-day event -- known as the "UNOH Battle at the Beach" -- runs on both Monday and Tuesday.

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The "Battle" marks the debut of Daytona's new 0.4-mile short track oval. The short track will be set up along the backstretch of the Speedway.

"Battle at the Beach" features three NASCAR series:

  • Whelen All-American Series
  • Whelen Modified Tour
  • K&N Pro Series

Each race is 150 laps and will feature dozens of drivers. Competitors will not gain points during any of the races.

Daytona International Speedway unveiled plans for the short track in May 2012 and announced it would host its first-ever short track races during Speedweeks 2013.

Speedway officials expect cars to reach top speeds of more than 100 mph. Races begin both nights at 7:15 p.m.

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