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Daytona 500 sells out day before the race

Saturday, February 25, 2017   (0 Comments)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., USA Today --- The Daytona 500 officially sold out on Saturday.

The single-sale ticket sellout comes less than 24 hours before Sunday’s season-opening race.Last year’s race sold out five days ahead of the marquee event at Daytona International Speedway.

“The ticket demand for the DAYTONA 500 continues to be a constant in our sport,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said in a statement. “Likewise, the race continues to be the perfect kick-off to a new NASCAR season, showcasing the unique and energized at-track experience that our sport – and our stadium – provides to our fans.

In 2016, the track unveiled a $400 million renovation. During the remake, about 45,000 seats were removed from the backstretch, lowering the grandstand seating to 101,500.

There were dozens of seats available to purchase through the track’s website on Friday before inventory dwindled further. The cheapest seats for sale by the track as of 3:30 pm was $165, about an hour before the track announced the sellout at around 4:45 p.m. ET.

Premium ticket packages and infield admission tickets were still available.

Thousands of tickets remain on the secondary ticket market. There were about 1,500 seats listed on StubHub, starting at $105.

The cheapest face value seat for the race is $95.