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Daytona set to repave track before 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Daytona International Speedway will be repaved for the second time in history and is expected to be ready to host next year's Daytona 500.

A pothole on the track during this year's Daytona 500 forced two delays that totaled more than two hours during the Feb. 14 race. The original plan was to pour a concrete patch in the area and repave the track in 2012.

Speedway president Robin Braig says the resurfacing was accelerated because they couldn't risk a similar situation next February.

The repaving project will begin immediately after the July 3 Sprint Cup race with completion targeted for Jan. 1, 2011. Daytona International Speedway's entire 2.5-mile tri-oval will be repaved as well as the skid pads, apron and pit road.