Daytona International Speedway Grounds Crew Plant the Seeds for 2019 Racing Season

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With the NASCAR championships settled last weekend, the Daytona International Speedway grounds crew, in collaboration with Missouri Turf, began the process on Monday of planting the grass that will create a new eye-catching design in the famed tri-oval for DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth, which is highlighted by the 61st DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 17.


The crew of five plants two different types of grass in the tri-oval – perennial rye (dark grass) and annual rye (light grass) – on the most visible piece of real estate at Daytona International Speedway. This process creates the design that fans and television viewers come to expect in February at the “World Center of Racing.”


The design in the tri-oval grass was selected by fans through the Speedway’s social channels and the new look will be unveiled in January prior to the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA.


Here are some numbers behind the grass in the nearly five-acre tri-oval:

·         3,350 lbs. of seed, approximately 837 million individual seeds

·         90 man hours

·         More than 1,000 lbs. of fertilizer

·         Seed will germinate within five to 10 days and grow in within three weeks


Tickets for the 61st DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 17 and other DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth events are available at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on TwitterFacebookInstagramPinterestYouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest news throughout the year.


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