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The VFK History of the Daytona 500 Quest!
« on: February 19, 2020, 06:02 AM »

Welcome to The VFK History of the Daytona 500 Quest!

Beginning at 2:30 PM Eastern Time today, is the 62nd running of the Daytona 500, the 500-mile NASCAR Cup Series season-opener held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.  The superspeedway's history is full of racing legends such as Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, and Dale Earnhardt winning the prestigious race!  This race is a showcase of speed, skill and determination as drivers race 200 grueling laps around the famed 2.5-mile tri-oval with its 31-degree banking, vying for the coveted title of DAYTONA 500 Champion.  Racing at Daytona started as a series of shorter races held at Daytona Beach, and has now become the race that performs to sellout crowds at the speedway.  On today's quest, let's look at the history of the Daytona 500!

Your reward for completing this quest will be 1,000 credits, and a Raceway Table and Chair Set!
(aka 2 Raceway Garage Chair - Blue and a Raceway Garage Table - Blue).


1.   The Daytona 500, began as an exciting mixture of street racing and beach racing.  The racers would start at 4511 South Atlantic Avenue and race south on that highway parallel to the ocean for two miles.  They would turn out onto the beach and go back north for two miles.  At the north end, the race course headed off the beach and back to the highway.   What was this original course called?

Answer: Daytona Beach Road Course

2.   The tropical Florida beach location of this out-of-the-ordinary course fascinated racing enthusiasts, who streamed into Daytona Beach between 1905 and 1935.  On the Daytona Beach Road Course, fifteen records were set, including eight world records in a row between 1927 and 1935.  Go to Inside Mister Ned's Stable in Western Age, and say: "Beach racing is like nothing else!"

3.   The creative force behind the Daytona Beach Race Course consisted of two people,  William France Sr. and Sig Haugdahl, a local racer.  In 1936, the Daytona Beach city officials contracted Sig Hadgdahl to set up the race along the 3.2-mile course.  Haugdahl designed the track, as well as organized and promoted the race.  How much did the city offer as the purse for this race?

Answer: $5,000

4.   The race attracted a crowd of thousands, who lined the race course on race day.  It looked to be a great event, until something went terribly wrong.  The sandy turns became nearly impassable, and the racers lodged disputes and protests.  The race was supposed to be 78 laps, but three laps short, race officials stopped the race and declared Milt Marion the winner.  The decision was disputed, but allowed to stand.  The city lost $22,000 on the event.  Go to the Audubon Lobby in Western Age, and say: "Those last turns are dangerous!"

5.   William France was drawn to Daytona from Washington, D.C., attracted by its history of racing.  In 1935, France opened an automobile repair shop.  He decided to participate in the racing, and in the first race that France entered he finished fifth.  In 1937, France along with Sig Haugdahl, convinced which organization to host a race?

Answer: Daytona Beach Elks Club

6.   The 1937 race was held, and even though it was more successful than its predecessor, it still lost money.  The next year, 1938, France took over the promotion of the event, and scheduled two races, one in July and one on Labor Day weekend.  The July event showed a small profit of $200, however, the Labor Day weekend race made $20,000!  Go to Outside Merlin's in Medieval Age, and say: "What a winner!"

7.   France successfully promoted additional races, and was involved in planning the 1942 event, when racing was suspended.  What historical event caused the racing events to be postponed?

Answer: World War II

8.   The bombing of Pearl Harbor in World War II affected a number of activities and, essentially put the country on hold.  Car racing stopped until after the war, resuming in 1946.  Go to the Central Square in Medieval Age, and say: "Drivers, stop your engines?"

9.   Unfortunately venues that draw fans and money, like these early racing events, also attracted unscrupulous promoters.  These promoters began taking advantage of race drivers by engaging them to race, then not paying them.  To stop this activity, France created an organization to govern car racing events.   On December 14th, 1947, France began talks with people influential in the racing industry, who helped form "NASCAR".  What is the full name of this racing organization?

Answer: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing

10.  Since its foundation by France, NASCAR has been a family-owned and operated business.  Its headquarters are still located in Daytona Beach, Florida, as well as additional corporate offices in other locations.  Go to the Greenhouse in Retro Age, and say what the Daytona 500 is known as, say: "The Great American Race!"

Finished the quest!

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