Written by Stephen Conley
November 26th, 2014
When NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway announced in 2012 that they would host the ultimate short track showdown and do it on the biggest stage, it raised the eyebrows of many short track racers around the country. Every late model, modified driver wanted to be a part of the “Battle At The Beach”. They all wanted that opportunity to say “I’ve won at the same track as the legends.”
Now only a handful will be able to say they have a trophy from Daytona.
Daytona President Joie Chitwood announced today that due to the construction projects and more upcoming changes that there will no longer be an UNOH Battle At The Beach, not on the Superstretch at Daytona or anywhere inside the famed 2.5 mile oval.
“After much consideration, Daytona International Speedway will not host any future UNOH Battle At The Beach events. For the past two years, the UNOH Battle At The Beach has produced thrilling racing on our backstretch. It was necessary for us to make this difficult decision given that we will open 40,000 new seats during Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 as part of the DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project and will remove the backstretch grandstands prior to 2016 racing season.
“The University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) has been a great partner in supporting the Battle At The Beach and we look forward to continuing to work with them to grow our relationship.”
Chitwood did say that short track racing will continue in the area during Speedweeks. “We are pleased to see the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will remain in Central Florida during Budweiser Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway and encourage fans to attend those exciting races.”
If you are in Daytona for Budweiser Speedweeks and you’ve never made the short drive down the road to New Smyrna, it will get your blood pumping. It’s the place to be when action at Daytona for the Camping World Truck Series, Xfinity Series and Sprint Cup Series have days off from practice.