Fans head to Daytona Speedway for Coke Zero 400

Race marks first event since smoking ban in grandstands

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Fans are starting to pack the Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 over the weekend.

Crews were working to prepare the stands and track for the thousands of people expected to make their way to Daytona Beach. Race officials said ticket sales are on pace with last year's sales.

Restaurant and hotel managers in the area are expecting the race to generate a typical boom in the business, but some are weary since the Fourth of July holiday is on Wednesday and the races don't start until the weekend.

The event schedule is:

  • Thursday: Practices from 2:30 p.m. til 8 p.m.
  • Friday: Subway Jalapeno 250 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 54th annual Coke Zero 400 at 7:30 p.m.

The race marks the first big event since the no smoking in the grandstand ban, which was enacted earlier this year. There are certain designated areas where attendees are allowed to smoke.

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