The DRIVE4COPD 300
is the first race of the NASCAR Nationwide Series
season, held at Daytona International Speedway
. It is held the day before the Daytona 500
, and is considered the most prestigious event on the Nationwide Series calendar. Until 2002, it was the only Nationwide Series event to be held at Daytona International Speedway.
The race originates back to the Daytona Beach & Road Course
during the 1948 NASCAR Modified series season, the first sanctioned races held by the organization. In 1950-1958, the race was held as part of the Modified/Sportsman Series, at the Beach Course
. It was held the Saturday or Friday before the Grand National Series
race also at the Beach course.
In 1956-1959, a race in the short-lived NASCAR Convertible Division
was also held.
The race moved to the new 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway
for 1959. It was scheduled the day before the Daytona 500, and ran a distance of either 200 or 250 miles. In 1966, the race became known as the Permatex 300
, making it only the second race on the NASCAR schedule to be named for a corporate sponsor (the Motor Trend 500
being the first). In 1968 the Permatex 300 was shifted from the Modifieds division to the newly organized NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Division. In 1982, the Late Model Sportsman Division was reorganized into the modern day NASCAR Busch Grand National Series, and the race was sponsored by Goody's
for several years. For 2008, the series becomes known as the... Read More