The Daytona 500: The Great American Race

Stock car racing had its beginnings on the hard sand of Daytona Beach and it’s a tradition that remains in the area over a century later. The race eventually moved onto the pavement around Daytona Beach before NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr., founded Daytona International Speedway with its unheard-of 31-degree banking. In honor of the 50th Daytona 500 Maxim gathers racing’s luminaries to look back on one of country’s biggest sporting events.

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