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Hurricane Smacks DIS; Charlotte Race Postponed

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, October 8 2016
Daytona International Speedway suffered damage from Hurricane Matthew, speedway operators said. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)

Daytona International Speedway suffered damage from Hurricane Matthew, speedway operators said. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)

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Daytona International Speedway officials said the facility, which is home to NASCAR’s most important race – the Daytona 500 – suffered damage from Hurricane Matthew.

Meanwhile, Matthew forced postponement of the Sprint Cup Series race from Saturday night to Sunday at noon.

NBC will broadcast the first race in the Round of 12 of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series race, originally scheduled for Friday night, will run after the conclusion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and will be televised on NBCSN.

 

Kevin Harvick, the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, will lead the field to green on Sunday in the night-race-turned-day-race. Non-Chaser Alex Bowman, substituting for sidelined Dale Earnhardt Jr., shares the front row with Harvick.

All 12 remaining Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers start the Charlotte race on even terms after the elimination of four drivers last Sunday at Dover.

A statement released by the 2.5-mile Daytona track on Friday said, “Daytona International Speedway experienced moderate damage from Hurricane Matthew with impacts to lights, speakers, signage, fences, gates, awnings and palm trees. Daytona International Speedway Ticket Office and Tours and the Richard Petty Driving Experience will be closed on Saturday and Sunday for facility cleanup. We will provide more updates through the weekend.

“Pictures of a past weather event at Daytona International Speedway have been circulating on social media during the storm. Those pictures are from a weather event in 2009. There was no flood damage to the facility from Hurricane Matthew.

“We are working with local, regional and state officials on recovery efforts following Hurricane Matthew. Daytona International Speedway is once again serving as a staging site for Florida Power & Light crews. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been impacted by this weather system.”

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, October 8 2016
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