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Daytona Beach, back in the day!

One of the first NASCAR races on the beach at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH

Daytona Beach, Florida. Long, flat and firm, with hard-packed sand, the beach helped the city of Daytona to forge a legend as the world capital of speed. Although the surface is no longer sand today, Daytona still hosts a legendary test of man and machine on its racing circuit: the Rolex 24 at Daytona. #RolexOfficial

NASCAR racing on the beach, Daytona Beach, FL mike68

2-23-13 wreck Daytona Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – At least 28 fans were injured after a violent crash at Daytona International Speedway Saturday caused debris from a race car to fly into the grandstands. Fourteen were taken to area hospitals. Two are listed in critical condition. One of those suffered a head injury, the other is a child. Both are stable, according to Byron Cogdell, a spokesman at Halifax Health

July 2nd, 1964 - Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, biggest NASCAR money winner, died at 35. Roberts was able to survive for several weeks, and it appeared he might pull through. But Roberts' health took a turn for the worse on June 30, 1964. He contracted pneumonia and sepsis and slipped into a coma by the next day. He died on July 2nd, and is buried in Daytona Memorial Park, in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Stock car racing on Daytona Beach 1950's