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Daytona repaving Project approaches checkered flag
The mythical fat lady is not singing, but you can hear the orchestra tuning up in the background at Daytona International Speedway.

Repaving of Daytona's 2.5-mile tri-oval -- a project started on July 5 -- is rapidly coming to a close as the checklist developed by Lane Construction and the North American Testing Company becomes shorter by the day.

Lane Construction is the primary contractor. The NATC is a division of International Speedway Corp., which owns Daytona and 12 other major-league racing facilities in North America.

The repaving project hit a frantic pace before Thanksgiving weekend. The job is far enough along that Speedway president Joie Chitwood III was confident enough to schedule a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tire test on Dec. 15-16.

"We calculate that as 11 days and a wake-up from now," NATC project manager Bill Braniff said with a laugh.

What is finished?

The entire racing surface of the iconic superspeedway, pit road (completed Thursday afternoon) and installment of all the steel and foam energy reduction barriers.

On the almost-done list are the catch fence in Turns 1 and 2, a handful of stadium light posts and a few more layers of asphalt on approximately one mile of apron surface in the Turns 1-2 and Turns 3-4 areas.

"We're getting ready to pave the wedge area that divides the racing surface from the apron," Braniff said.

"Lane's mechanical supervisor Danny James has reached into his arsenal and adapted a paver that can pave that wedge. The very last area to be paved will be the aprons in the turns." Daytona Beach News Journal

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