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Daytona plans partial repave prior to July race

March 16, 2012, Dave Rodman,

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona International Speedway will undergo a partial repair and repave session after an intense fire in Turn 3 during this year's Daytona 500.

This weekend, Daytona is hosting the American Motorcylist Association's feature Daytona 200, but has seen no problems from having a variety of bikes on the surface.

"We're looking forward to a successful Daytona 200," track president Joie Chitwood III said in a statement. "Since the jet dryer incident occurred on Feb. 27, we have washed and cleaned the affected area of the race track in Turn 3 multiple times and applied street bond.

"We have worked closely with AMA Pro Racing officials and we're both very confident it will not present any issues during the Daytona 200."

The speedway's plan calls to mind a more extensive project that was begun after the 2010 Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race.

"Once we complete our motorcycle events, we are going to conduct long-term repairs to that area of the asphalt, which will include removing and repaving the affected areas," Chitwood said. "Lane Construction, the team who worked on the track repave in 2010, will handle the repave project. Once this work is complete, we expect to have no further issues related to the jet dryer crash and we'll be ready to go for the Coke Zero 400 in July."

A track spokesman said Friday that at this time there are no plans to conduct any stock car testing between the completion of the repairs and the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series events in July.