NASCAR Season Fires Off at Daytona

NASCAR fans missing the fun at their tracks for the past few months will be happy to know that racing starts again this February, with several races at Daytona, culminating on February 16th with the famous Daytona 500. Before that however, there are more Daytona events, notably the 24 hours of Daytona (now called the Rolex 24 at Daytona) on January 25th and 26th, followed by the ARCA Menards Series race on February 8th, the Daytona 500 Qualifying, presented by Kroger on February 9th, as well as the Busch Clash at Daytona on that same date.

Drivers from all over the country will arrive in Florida for the start of the 2020 season this February, ready to compete in what promises to be a very exciting NASCAR Season. On February 13th there will be a NASCAR Cup Series race called the Bluegreen Vacations Duel at Daytona, followed the next day (Valentine’s Day) by the NextEra Energy Resources 250, NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series race. On February 15th the NASCAR Xfinity Series starts with the NASCAR Racing Experience 300, leading up to Sunday the 16th for the 62nd running of the Daytona 500.

Daytona will feature the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 race as the 2020 NASCAR season begins, with this showcase of speed, skill and determination as elite drivers battle the famous 2.5 mile tri-oval track, known for its 31-degree banking, to earn the title of Daytona 500 Champion.

And, to preview just a few upcoming NASCAR events following the Daytona weekend, February 23rdwill feature the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. On March 1st the Auto Club 400 will take place at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, followed by the FanShield 500 NASCAR Weekend, held at the Phoenix Raceway from March 6th – 8th, 2020.

Camping at Daytona

Any Daytona veteran will tell you that you haven’t truly experienced the “World Center of Racing” until you’ve loaded up the RV, called up your closest friends and set up camp somewhere in the 180-acre infield.

Surrounded by Daytona’s famous track, you’ll find that there’s far more happening at Daytona than just three-wide racing. Devoted race fans from all over the world descend upon every inch of the infield, creating a rich communal atmosphere from campsite-to-campsite.

Whether you’re in a decked-out motor coach or a tent is more your style, camping at DAYTONAplaces you right in the middle of the history and heritage that’s made this place world-famous.

Infield campgrounds and GEICO Park West campgrounds also include FREE Wi-Fi.

If the International Speedway happens to be full – which sometimes happens, there are other camping options in the Daytona area. Here are just a few:

  • Daytona Speedway RV
  • Finishline Park
  • Daytona Racetrack RV
  • South Daytona RV Park & Tropical Gardens

Other things to do near Daytona

There are many other attractive places to see near Daytona that will make you appreciate this gem of a location on the Atlantic.

Spend some time visiting the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens with free admission, or the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach. Here, you can tour the Indian River Lagoon, North America’s most diverse estuary that has been designated as an Estuary of National Significance. Here, salt and fresh water mingle, and more than 4,000 species of plants and animals co-habit, some of which are endangered or threatened and some that are found here and nowhere else on earth. Mangrove trees line shorelines and provide habitat for many species of animals and invertebrates. Birds such as osprey, pelicans, ibis, heron, roseate spoonbills or even bald eagles are commonly seen. In the estuary, bottlenose dolphins chase schools of baitfish, and manatees charm visitors with their slow-moving, gentle ways as they swim with their newborns.

For some more nature close to the Daytona Speedway, check out Bulow Creek State Park near Ormond Beach, one of the largest remaining stands of southern live oak forests along Florida’s east coast.

If you need more information about camping in any of the 175 award-winning Florida State Parks, check out their website.


Need an RV?

You can rent an RV from El Monte’s Orlando Location for your trip to Daytona, only an hour away. See availability and rental rates on their page, or better yet, call them to reserve your RV as the Daytona races are very popular.

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