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Volume 24 No. 114
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Daytona Int'l Speedway Repaving Part Of Track Burned During Juan Pablo Montoya's Crash

Daytona Int'l Speedway will “soon be repaving the area of track surface soaked and burned by jet fuel during the Daytona 500 after Juan Pablo Montoya's fiery crash into a jet dryer,” according to Godwin Kelly of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL. Lane Construction will handle the project and DIS President Joie Chitwood said that the repair work “will begin early” this week. DIS repaved the entire 2.5-mile track in ‘10. Lane will “scrap off 2 inches of asphalt and repave with the same mix used during the most recent repave.” The job “won't take long,” and Chitwood said the track would be "race ready" by early April. Chitwood: "This isn't an easy fix. This is going to cost us some money. It will be a significant cost to fix that area" (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 3/17). In Charlotte, Jim Utter noted the project “will be completed in time for NASCAR’s July race weekend” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/17).