Saturday 2.18.12 Lakeland Ledger
AP, Mark Long
Bayne On The Beach !
>> Defending Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne went for a spin in the sand Friday morning, driving his race car down a stretch of Daytona Beach in a salute to NASCAR's roots.
"This is probably the coolest thing I've gotten to do outside of racing on other tracks." said Bayne, who became the Daytona 500's youngest winner last year at the age of 20. "I wish we could come back out here and get the groove rutted up a little bit and try to miss the potholes. This is an unbelievable feeling being on the beach where it all started."
Before moving to Dayton International Speedway in 1959, NASCAR raced on a temporary track running partly on the beach and partly on an adjacent road from 1948 to 1958. Today, passenger cars still are allowed to drive on the beach. <<