Archive: Daytona Scene

In the Superstretch Stands, Chilly but Warm

I went back to meet up with my peeps back in the Allison Tower grandstand on the Superstretch for today's Daytona 500. I've had seats there since they opened in 1998. Under the Allison grandstand, Duane Mainville, Joe Pagels and...

By Mike Snyder | February 19, 2006; 07:48 PM ET | Comments (8)

In the Infield, It's Springer vs. Hollywood

Eileen McComb's view from the top in the infield campground between turns 3 and 4 may soon disappear as long-time campers are being priced out. (Mike Snyder - washingtonpost.com) It's David vs. Goliath in the infield. In this case,...

By Mike Snyder | February 19, 2006; 10:49 AM ET | Email a Comment

O Canada?

Canada and NASCAR? Why not! I've mentioned in passing in some earlier posts that I've been finding a rather large contingent of Canadian fans here at the speedway. I guess I should say the contingent's larger than I would have...

By Mike Snyder | February 19, 2006; 09:18 AM ET | Comments (1)

Paying to Park

Dan Snyder, eat your heart out! Ever since 1997, when I first started coming to Daytona for the 500 weekend, the cost of parking in private lots across from the track has been jacked up by $5 to $10 each...

By Mike Snyder | February 18, 2006; 05:36 PM ET | Comments (3)

Terps Driver Runs the Toughest Race

Sometimes it just pays to be lucky. Jim Long's "do" says it all. (Mike Snyder - washingtonpost.com) As I was heading out to interview Busch driver Donnie Neuenberger, who was raised in Brandywine and lives in Edgewater, Md., I ran...

By Mike Snyder | February 18, 2006; 06:26 AM ET | Comments (2)

Diggin' In at Daytona

Daytona International Speedway is several miles from the beach -- but when they first started racing stock cars in Daytona, half the course was actually on the beach. That may be why sand sculpture is part of the scene during...

By Mike Snyder | February 17, 2006; 04:05 PM ET | Email a Comment

'Title Pros' Go the Extra Mile for Charity

I stopped at a souvenir vendor under the Nextel Tower grandstand yesterday afternoon. I was "window shopping" more than anything else, but found some stuff I just had to have for my kids. Sisters Niki, left, and Brittany Humphrey volunteer...

By Mike Snyder | February 17, 2006; 09:36 AM ET | Email a Comment

The Princesses of NASCAR

Not all that long ago, NASCAR meant stock car racing, and NASCAR marketing was focused on cars, auto parts, tobacco products and soft drinks. But as tracks, sponsorships and Nielson ratings have multiplied, the "brand" has obviously opened up a...

By Mike Snyder | February 17, 2006; 08:43 AM ET | Comments (7)

Gear, More Gear and Neon

I wound up yesterday at Daytona 2000, a NASCAR collectibles store on South Atlantic Ave. Not just any store, boasts owner Gilbert Myara, THE biggest retail NASCAR merchandise store in the world, as measured by both sales and square footage....

By Mike Snyder | February 16, 2006; 01:16 PM ET | Comments (12)

Eatin' Dirt

By Mike Snyder | February 15, 2006; 02:53 PM ET | Comments (17)

Horseshoes, Daytona Style

A couple of fans from the Cincinnati area have introduced me to a regional phenomenon where they hail from: A game called corn hole. Steve Broering andTom Rowe stand ready to take all corn hole challengers in the Turn 1...

By Mike Snyder | February 14, 2006; 08:15 PM ET | Comments (9)

The Nation's Busiest "Hooters"

How could Daytona Fan Fare be complete without an entry from the busiest Hooters restaurant in the nation? The Daytona Hooters sits directly across from the front of the speedway, right about where the start/finish line would be if it...

By Mike Snyder | February 14, 2006; 07:35 PM ET | Comments (2)

Earl's 51 Years at Daytona

Earl Springs has been hawking racing programs in Daytona for 51 years. I reminded him that this will be the 48th running of the Daytona 500. He reminded me that from 1956 to 1958, they were still running races on...

By Mike Snyder | February 14, 2006; 12:49 PM ET | Comments (5)

Rain, Rain. Who Cares?

What do Daytona fans do when rain spoils race day? Pretty much the same thing they'd be doing if the race was going on: Partying. As race fan James Ruda Jr. of Melbourne, Fla., told me, "Daytona is a party,...

By Mike Snyder | February 12, 2006; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Eagle Has Landed

I've arrived. The flight from D.C. was uneventful. The drive from Orlando to Daytona Beach was nightmarishly congested. But all that tension melted away after I picked up my credentials and drove through the tunnel under the speedway and onto...

By Mike Snyder | February 11, 2006; 10:33 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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