Daytona Beach, FL – The 61st running of the Great American Race is already shaping up to be one for the books with just two days to go.
That’s the word from Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile, who spoke on WNDB’s Bennett & Bernier Morning Show yesterday (February 14th), highlighting what spectators can expect from the 2019 Daytona 500.
“Everything we do all year around the Daytona 500 has to be the best,” said Wile. “We look at everything, if it doesn’t fit the bill, if it’s not the best of that category, we don’t put it in the 500.”
Fans got a taste of who would “fit the bill” at the 500 a few days ago (February 11th) when the speedway announced Houston Texans’ Defensive End J.J. Watt would give the command to start the engines as the Grand Marshal, ushering in the start of the race and the start of the 2019 NASCAR season.
Watt is also known for his philanthropic efforts, including raising $41 million following the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
And to go along with the theme of NFL stars, the Daytona International Speedway announced that New England Patriots’ Wide Receiver and Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian
JUST ANNOUNCED! @Patriots Wide Receiver and Super Bowl LIII MVP @Edelman11 will be waving the green flag for the #DAYTONA500 as our honorary starter!— Daytona International Speedway (@DISupdates) February 14, 2019
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Wile also announced that two-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join Watt in ringing in the 500, serving as the honorary pace truck driver.
The Florida Department of Transportation has placed message boards along various roads because of the traffic patterns which have changed since last year’s Daytona 500, especially near Interstates 95 and 4, where construction on the massive rebuild has entered the final stages.
The Daytona 500 begins around 2:30 p.m. this Sunday (February 17th). WNDB will be hosting all-day live coverage of the 500 starting at 8 a.m.
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