Daytona 500 Quiz

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The Daytona 500 is arguably the most popular NASCAR race. How knowledgeable are you on the Daytona 500? Take this quiz and find out!

When does the Daytona 500 take place?

The Daytona 500 is run each February at Daytona International Speedway before approximately 200,000 fans and a huge national TV audience. <a href="http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/daytona-500.htm">How the Daytona 500 Works</a>

Who said, "Daytona is still the biggest event in our sport"?

"Daytona is still the biggest event in our sport," says Darrell Waltrip, who won the 1989 Daytona 500 and is now a commentator on Fox Sports' racing telecasts. "It's the hardest race to win. Anybody who wins Daytona becomes a member of a very exclusive club." <a href="http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/daytona-500.htm">How the Daytona 500 Works</a>

The Daytona 500 is the culmination of what?

The Daytona 500, which takes place in late February, is the culmination of a two-week motor-orgy known as Speed Weeks. Speed freaks love Speed Weeks.<a href="http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/daytona-500.htm">How the Daytona 500 Works</a>

How does the Daytona 500 differ from other NASCAR races?

The Daytona 500 is the only NASCAR race in which the starting lineup is not determined by qualifying (drivers earning their starting positions based on speeds posted while driving alone on the track for either one or two laps). <a href="http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/daytona-500.htm">How the Daytona 500 Works</a>

The Daytona 500 was first run in what year?

The Daytona 500 was first run in 1959, but its roots can be traced all the way back to 1903. <a href="http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/daytona-500.htm">How the Daytona 500 Works</a>

Who built the Daytona International Speedway?

"Big Bill" France built the mammoth Daytona Beach Motor Speedway (it's now called Daytona International Speedway).<a href="http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/daytona-500.htm">How the Daytona 500 Works</a>

How big is Daytona International Speedway's track?

Daytona International Speedway is a fearsome track. At 2.5 miles, Daytona isn't NASCAR's biggest track (that asphalt honor goes to 2.6-mile Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama). It's not even the fastest track (that hard-chargin' honor goes to Atlanta Motor Speedway). But with a backstretch that produces speeds of nearly 200 mph, Daytona is plenty fast enough. <a href="http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/daytona-500.htm">How the Daytona 500 Works</a>

The slope of the track is referred to as what?

The banking is also referred to as the slope of the track? <a href="http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/daytona-500.htm">How the Daytona 500 Works</a>

What term is used to describe when the front car punches a hole in the air, and the trailing cars ride in the wake -- the vacuum -- of the front car?

"Drafting" is a term that describe the action when the front car punches a hole in the air, and the trailing cars ride in the wake -- the vacuum -- of the front car. <a href="http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/daytona-500.htm">How the Daytona 500 Works</a>

Other than Daytona, what is the only other NASCAR track that requires restrictor plates?

Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway are the only two tracks on the NASCAR circuit where restrictor plates are required. <a href="http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/daytona-500.htm">How the Daytona 500 Works</a>

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