Daytona to repave area charred by track fire

By: Matt Harris Email
By: Matt Harris Email
Daytona International Speedway will be repaved due to the fire caused by Juan Pablo Montoya crash during the 54th Annual Daytona 500.

Emergency personnel walk with Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, to an ambulance after his car struck a jet dryer during a caution period in the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. The fuel in the dryer began burning. (AP Photo/Rob Sweeten)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Daytona International Speedway is getting another repave.

Track president Joie Chitwood III says the asphalt in Turn 3 will be removed and repaved following Saturday's motorcycle racing event.

Workers have washed and cleaned the area of the track multiple times since a fiery explosion charred and damaged the track during the Daytona 500 on Feb. 27. Juan Pablo Montoya's car broke during a caution lap, crashed into a track dryer carrying about 200 gallons of jet fuel and ignited a fire that halted the nighttime race for more than two hours.

Chitwood expects the damaged portion of the famed track to hold up during Saturday's AMA event, and believes the track will be back to normal before NASCAR's July race at Daytona.

The track had a complete repave in 2010.


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