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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, April 24, 2010

Auto racing: Daytona set to repave track before 500

Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Daytona International Speedway will be repaved for the second time in history and is expected to be ready to host next year's Daytona 500.

A pothole on the track during this year's Daytona 500 forced two delays that totaled more than two hours during the Feb. 14 race. The original plan was to pour a concrete patch in the area and repave the track in 2012.

Speedway president Robin Braig says the resurfacing was accelerated because they couldn't risk a similar situation next February.

The repaving project will begin immediately after the July 3 Sprint Cup race with completion targeted for Jan. 1, 2011. Daytona International Speedway's entire 2.5-mile tri-oval will be repaved as well as the skid pads, apron and pit road.