BATB: Daytona’s UNOH Battle at the Beach Scrapped for 2015

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – official release — John Harrelson/NASCAR photo —

Daytona International Speedway announced on Wednesday that the non-points UNOH Battle At the Beach short-track races, held the past two years on the track’s backstretch, will not return in 2015.

“After much consideration, Daytona Int’l Speedway will not host any future UNOH Battle At The Beach events,” track president Joie Chitwood III said. “For the past two years, the UNOH Battle At the Beach has produced thrilling racing on our backstretch. It was necessary for us to make this difficult decision given that we will open 40,000 new seats during Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 as part of the Daytona Rising redevelopment project and will remove the backstretch grandstands prior to 2016 racing season.

“We are pleased to see the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will remain in Central Florida during Budweiser Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway and encourage fans to attend those exciting races. The University of Northwestern Ohio has been a great partner in supporting the Battle At The Beach and we look forward to continuing to work with them to grow our relationship.”

NASCAR Vice President of Regional and Touring Series George Silbermann released a statement on the sanctioning body’s behalf as well.

“The UNOH Battle at the Beach provided NASCAR’s stars of tomorrow an excellent opportunity to participate at The World Center of Racing, but it isn’t feasible to continue the event given the progress with the Daytona Rising project,” he said.

“Fortunately, nearby New Smyrna Speedway is excited to bring the K&N Pro Series East back for the season opener again this year in addition to its week-long slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action; NASCAR fans will still have plenty of opportunities to see exciting short-track action in the Daytona area again this February.”

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