Daytona Fan Fun Guide

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – If you’re making the trek to the sunny, sandy and salty shores of Daytona Beach, FL to see some racing action this week, Pub Table Racers wants to make sure you’re in the know, before you go.

Yes, there is action at the short and big tracks while you’re in town. But, let’s be honest – you’re not going to be watching racing the whole time. So, here’s some unendorsed advice of what to see and do while at Speedweek.

Racing

If you like dirt in your beer, Volusia County Speedway has slideways action aplenty at their oval. You can see drivers from all around the country compete in Big Block Mods, World of Outlaws Late Models, Sprint Cars and more.

You a big fan of asphalt racing? Daytona International Speedway AKA the Big Track, and New Smyrna Speedway AKA New Smyrna, will keep you busy.

The Big Track schedule is a little different this year with The Clash already having been run at the LA Coliseum. This year, with the Next Gen car coming in to play, the on-track action begins Tuesday night with practice. Qualifying for The Duels is Wed, Duels on Thursday, Trucks on Friday, Xfinity on Saturday and the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

New Smyrna will keep you thrilled with Late Models, the Ground Pounding Mods, ARCA East and other divisions each night of the week. Stands have already been packed, so get your tickets early.

Be sure to check out all the track’s respective websites for times and ticket info. Now that we’ve talked about obvious draws, let’s get to the fun stuff.

Great Food in Fun Places

Portofino’s on the beachside serves up some incredible Italian dishes you might need a take home box for when you’re done. If you want seafood, places like Deck Down Under and Aunt Catfishes are located on either side of the Dunlawton Bridge. Deck is on the A1A side, Catfishes on the Halifax Riverside.

Deck has one of the best fish spreads and oysters in town. Also, you can spot a NASCAR driver and team members in their nightly. Not sure how it will go this year with the Big Track schedules running so late on garage times.

If you go over Dunlawton to A1A, turn right and go down about three miles to the famous North Turn restaurant. Located on the water, right where the beach racers made the turn from pavement to the beach back in the day, it has racing history galore.

Chart House is an upscale restaurant located in downtown Daytona right at a marina. Great views, some mega yachts and incredible food awaits you there.

If you love sushi then Ronin’s on Speedway Blvd close to the intercoastal is for you. There’s a good chance you’ll run into plenty of NASCAR, drivers, team members, PR and Marketing folks in there.

Food, Drink and Fun

This next category is for the folks who like the food, fun and adult beverages. Again, in no particular order, here are some suggestions.

Biker heaven is located on Main St. with several biker-themed bars for you to choose from such as Froggy’s, Main Sreet Station and Dirty Harry’s.

The must see for me is the historic Boot Hill Saloon. Their motto is, “Come on in and have a seat, you’re better off here than across the street” which refers to the cemetery. Bikers, visitors, racers and race fans can be found there listening to music almost every day and definitely every night.

On the beach you have Oasis Tiki Bar, Landsharks Bar & Grill and Crabby Joe’s on the pier, name a few.

I Want the Nightlife

If you are looking for the fun scene with music to get your groove on, then check out below.

If you don’t make a visit to the Ocean Deck, then just sit in your room and watch Netflix. Located right on the beach, music can be enjoyed day and night. Every level of racer can be found in there from the NASCAR drivers and crews, PR and Marketing, short track aces and fans alike stop in.

It gets active during the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and picks up once the sun goes down with bands every night of the week. When you stop in, check the band schedule on the wall. Hint, if you get there by 9 p.m. you can beat the cover charge, which is about $5.

Want to hang with the cool kids of racing, both the NASCAR and short track crowd can be found at the Oyster Pub located on Seabreeze and N. Grandview Ave. There’s enough bench racing going on in there to last you a season.

If you want to hang out with the kids, then head to Razzles across the street from the Oyster Pub. If you’re 35 and older, you might want to pass. But, if you want to take selfies, Snapchat, Instagram and make TikToks, this place is for you.

For some other nightlife, stop at Yai’s at the Dunlawton Bridge and A1A. They usually have Karoake nightly and the place comes with plenty of free second-hand smoke. In addition to NASCAR folks kicking back, there is enough locals sprinkled in to keep it interesting.

Feeling Charitable

When getting your funds together for Daytona, if you have some extra $1 and $5 dollar bills, then Grandview Ave near Seabreeze is for you. There are several places where you can help young females get through college – one song at a time, for their time – and make this world a better place.

No selfies, photography, FB Live, Instagramming or TikToking allowed while in these places – just so you know ahead of time. Enjoy, word it’s always a… Grand View.

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