UNOH to Sponsor Short Track Race at Daytona International Speedway in 2013

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The University of Northwestern Ohio takes another step forward in the racing world.  Just announced by Daytona International Speedway president, Joie Chitwood III, the University will sponsor the UNOH Battle at the Beach, a 2-day event immediately preceding the Daytona 500 in 2013.

 

George Silberman, NASCAR Vice President of regional and touring series, said bringing the short-trackers to Daytona will fill two voids.  “From a racing perspective, this is featuring the future starts of the sport at Daytona,” Silberman said.   “From a community standpoint, it’s reconnecting Speedweeks; it removes Daytona’s dark days.”

 

In years past, Daytona International Speedway would shut down Monday through Wednesday before the Daytona 500 events.  In 2013, the Monday and Tuesday will feature two nights of racing under the lights – the UNOH Battle at the Beach.  This mega national event will be on a short track carved from the backstretch area fronting the Lund Grandstands.  Daytona will create a defined 0.4 mile, flat oval, using the newly paved racetrack and skid pad surfaces.  Removable concrete barriers will be used to identify the short-0track course.

 

The lineup will include NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, Whelen Modified Tours, and Whelen All-American Series.  All of these series are stepping stones to NASCAR’s Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series.  The future Daytona 500 winners will finally get a chance to run their short-track races under the lights at the Daytona International Speedway.  A prime example, 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, ran a full K&N schedule in 2008 – three years later he won NSACAR’s biggest race.

 

UNOH President, Dr. Jeffrey A. Jarvis is proud to finally be able to announce this event after working on it for the past two years. “We’ve been looking for another unique way to show the opportunities our students have within the motorsports industry.  This event allows the drivers in these series and the University of Northwestern Ohio motorsports team to work together at Daytona International Speedway.  It’s just unbelievable!  The university has been receiving more interest in our motorsports degree program from high school students across the country, and this 2-day event will give prospective students another chance to see what UNOH is all about.”

 

For more information about the 2013 UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway, contact Steve Farmer at (317) 847-3329.

2 Comments

  • ann young owner bronson speedway

    Just read your event is not going to happen at Daytona. Is there a possibility your organization would like to sponsor this event at another short track in Florida during that same week. I own Bronson Speedway in Archer Florida which is a 3/8 mi high banked asphalt oval track. My track would be perfect for your race and many of the teams I believe would enter the event as they are already in the state competing at New Smryna Speedway. Bronson Speedway is situated on 36 acres and located a mere 2 hours from Daytona. We could keep the interest generated in your race by you by UNOH being the Primary Sponsor of the Event. Please give me a call at 516-381-8023 and lets put something together. Time is of the essence.
    Ann Young
    Owner/Promoter
    Bronson Speedway
    9950 NE SR 24
    Archer, Florida
    352-486-4998 Track
    516-381-8023 Cell

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