Battle at the Beach set for 2014 Daytona return
November 21, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
NASCAR's top short-track stars will reconvene for another shot at victory, and perhaps a reprise of last season's fireworks, on the sport's biggest stage in 2014.
The second annual UNOH Battle at the Beach is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway. It comes on the heels of a successful debut on the Daytona Superstretch in which last-lap contact decided the outcome of all three races last season.
The 0.4-mile oval layout that includes part of the 2.5-mile track's backstretch returns to host a championship points race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and a non-points event for the combined NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified tours. Both races will be 150 laps.
"Fans around the world look forward to Speedweeks to kick off the NASCAR season, and we are proud to be able to present a week of short-track action leading up to the 56th running of the Daytona 500,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of touring & weekly series. “The anticipation for last year’s first UNOH Battle at the Beach was surpassed only by the number of people talking about the electrifying finishes."
The race will actually be the second event of the season for the K&N series, which will kick off Feb. 16 at nearby New Smyrna Speedway, a half-mile track in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., now in its second year of affiliation with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The event is part of the New Smyrna track's 48th annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, an eight-day racing festival scheduled for Feb. 14-22.
Modified cars will race for six nights at New Smyrna, highlighted by the 29th annual Richie Evans Memorial on Feb. 21.