NASCAR’s “Battle at the Beach” will return to Daytona International Speedway in 2014 for as part of Speedweeks. Although held for only two days, the “Battle” gives up-and-coming drivers such as Cameron Haley who won this year’s inaugural K & N Pro Series, Steve Park, who captured the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours race, and others including Kyle Larson, Dylan Kwasniewski, Coleman Pressley and, John Nemechek a chance to hone their skills on the 0.4-mile short-track oval alongside veteran drivers like Woody Pitkat, Donny Lia, Jamie Tomaino and Ted Christopher.
Still, the fate of the two-day event remains questionable for 2015, since the Florida track plans to demolish its “superstretch” grandstands in the near future, although there is some speculation that NASCAR might construct a “legitimate” short track similar to those at Charlotte and Las Vegas to replace the temporary course set up along the back straight and incorporating part of the apron.
One of the disadvantages of the set-up, however is that drivers have to come to a near stop to make the turns, resulting in lots caution-flag laps and crashes during the three non-point events which also includes the Late Model division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
Note: Entrants for the Battle of the Beach competitions are drawn from the top finishers in the regular season in those divisions, with additional starting spots determined by the results of time trials and heat races.