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Daytona 200 to run at night

Highlights include scheduling change and night racing

By Staff, Oct. 01, 2008
The 68th Daytona 200 By Honda, the season-opening event for the AMA Pro Racing season, traditionally held on Saturday afternoon, will be held under the lights for the first time on the night of Friday, March 6, 2009.

Another significant change to the 2009 Daytona 200 Week schedule is the Daytona Supercross, which will now be held on Saturday night, March 7. Previously held on Friday night, the Daytona Supercross will now be contested on a traditional Saturday similar to all AMA Supercross events on the schedule.

“The Daytona 200 has evolved throughout the years from the beach, to the Speedway and now under the lights,” says Robin Braig, president of Daytona International Speedway. “Moving the Daytona 200 By Honda under the lights will add to the uniqueness of this historic event and enhance the festival atmosphere.”

Next year's victory lap will take place under the stars.

The Daytona 200 was first held in 1937 on the beach and moved to Daytona International Speedway in 1961. The race was traditionally scheduled on a Sunday afternoon until 2004 when the event was moved to Saturday afternoon.

The remainder of the Daytona 200 Week By Honda schedule will remain consistent as in years past and will include events such as, the AMA Flat Track Championship races at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium on Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5 respectively and AHMRMA Vintage races on Monday, March 2 and Tuesday, March 3. From February 27 to March 1, SunTrust MOTO-ST Series, Championship Cup Series and American Sportbike Racing Association will have their practice, qualifying and racing

Speed Channel will televise the Daytona 200 By Honda live and will also broadcast the Daytona Supercross.

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2009 AMA racing schedule released

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