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NASCAR: Daytona Plans to Run Pepsi 400 on Schedule

25 June 1998

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 24, 1998) -- Contrary to a misleading media report, the inaugural nighttime Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway is planned to run on schedule at 8 p.m. on July 4, Speedway officials confirmed today.

"Although we have experienced some smoke and haze during the morning hours, daily ocean breezes from the east have created very clear conditions at the Speedway in the afternoons and evenings," said Daytona International Speedway President John Graham. "With the Pepsi 400 slated for an 8 p.m. start, we anticipate that the race will run right on schedule.

"While we are moving forward with preparations for the event, our hearts, prayers and thanks continue to go out to the firefighters and volunteers who are doing such a splendid job of safeguarding our community."