NASCAR, like setting apple pies on fire and taking off school to celebrate Michael Douglas's birthday, is considered one of the finest American pastimes. Attend a decisively American race with today's Groupon: for $29, you get one general-admission ticket and access to the Sprint FANZONE for the Subway Jalapeno 250 (a $67 value) at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach. This NASCAR Nationwide Series race takes place on Friday, July 2, at 8 p.m., and kids 12 and younger get in for free.
Engineheads and tire buffs will be seated intimately close to 180 mph stock cars in the Grandstand general-admission section (a $42 value, including lowest-possible service fee). With the grace and power of a motorized, aerodynamically enhanced mountain goat, the next-generation Nationwide Series cars zip around the Speedway, shaking fences and burning up the road. Old-school NASCAR fans will nostalgically appreciate Dale Earnhardt Jr. powering around the track in a car painted like the vintage blue-and-white #3 Wrangler Chevrolet driven by his father, Dale Earnhardt Sr. The deal also includes the Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race Pit Pass (a $25 value), which grants access to the pre-race area, where fans can drop by a driver's Q&A session, discreetly peek into the garages, and sign the start/finish line—which is also the latitudinal divide where all objects must be traveling at least 150 mph.
Since the Speedway's opening in 1959, Daytona International Speedway has become a required pilgrimage for diehard racing fans. The superspeedway serves as the home of the Daytona 500, the sport's most heralded race, and Lake Lloyd, the man-made lake in the middle of the infield, is home to the world's shortest Zamboni race in August.
According to TripAdvisors, Daytona International Speedway is one of the Top Ten Attractions in Daytona Beach, the birthplace of NASCAR. Six TripAdvisors give the speedway four owl eyes, and four Yelpers give it 4.5 stars.
- I've been to a bunch of different NASCAR tracks and have loved them all, but NOWHERE comes close to Daytona- you have to attend a race live at least once in your life, you don't know what you're missing. – Matt S., Yelp
- Every racing fan has to make a pilgrimage to Daytona and mine was awesome. You can't be a true NASCAR fan until you experience the sounds smells and sights of a big race at Daytona. – KartJunkie, TripAdvisor