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Daytona 500 enjoys earliest sellout in 52 years

For Clay Today
Posted 12/31/69

DAYTONA BEACH – With decades of rich racing history, the Daytona 500 is one of the grandest spectacles in motorsports, with fans and drivers from all over clamoring to be a part of The Great …

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Daytona 500 enjoys earliest sellout in 52 years


DAYTONA BEACH – With decades of rich racing history, the Daytona 500 is one of the grandest spectacles in motorsports, with fans and drivers from all over clamoring to be a part of The Great American Race. Today, that sentiment continues to reign true.

Daytona International Speedway announced Tuesday that the 2024 Daytona 500 grandstands and camping are sold out nearly three months before the NASCAR Cup Series season opener. That is the earliest The World Center of Racing has announced a sellout in the modern era, dating back to the 1972 season, and the ninth consecutive sellout. Limited Fanzone and hospitality packages, including the Daytona 500 Club and 31 Degrees, are still available.

“Our fans continue to impress year after year, but the rate at which the 2024 Daytona 500 has sold out is a true testament to what this race represents,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher. “It’s anticipation that builds throughout the year and into the offseason, then all comes together for a week of pure entertainment, competition, and this passionate feeling you don’t get anywhere else but The World Center of Racing. We can’t wait to have a full house of race fans for the NASCAR season opener.”

Daytona continues to show its affinity for making history. Last year, the World Center of Racing celebrated the 65th running of the 500 alongside NASCAR’s 75th anniversary with the longest race in NASCAR history. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. drove to victory after two intense overtimes, capturing his first 500 victory.

From the first race, Daytona has provided a thrill like any other scheduled event. The inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959 ended in a rare photo finish between Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp, with Petty winning in a photo finish that took three days to determine.

History repeated itself nearly six decades later when Denny Hamlin defeated Martin Truex Jr. in 2016 by winning by .01 seconds, which also required cameras.

The Great American Race is just one event in a multi-day swing of vigorous racing at Daytona International Speedway during Speedweeks.

Fans can catch the first glimpse of the Cup Series as they prepare to open the points season with Daytona 500 qualifying on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Qualifying will set the front row for the race, as well as the field for a set of head-to-head battles in the Bluegreen Vacations Duel at Daytona on Thursday, Feb. 15, where drivers fight for their starting position for the Feb. 18 main event.

The Craftsman Truck Series season-opening Fresh From Florida 250 takes the green flag on Friday, Feb. 16. Then on Saturday, fans get a doubleheader with the kickoff to the ARCA Menards Series season followed by the United Rentals 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. Drivers in all three series will look to begin their year with a win, putting everything on the line at one of the biggest races on the schedule.

All this culminates in one of the greatest motorsports events in the world, the DAYTONA 500. Drivers will face the steep banking of Daytona International Speedway with nothing but inches between one car and the next, all in front of a massive sellout crowd.

Tickets are available for all other events during Speedweeks, including packages for the Xfinity and ARCA series doubleheader.

Fans can also witness all the action with the Daytona 500 at 2:30 p.m. on FOX, or tune in to MRN/SiriusXM.

 For more information on how to acquire pre-sale access, please visit Daytonainternationalspeedway.com.