Crews work to fix Daytona Speedway track



DAYTONA, Fla. - Officials at the Daytona International Speedway released details on how they plan to fix part of the track.

Officials said Turn 3 was damaged in a fiery wreck at last month's Daytona 500, when a race car crashed into a jet fuel dryer.

Crews were working to repave the section on Thursday.

There was a lot of equipment and workers milling the surface, which was grinding a small layer of asphalt off the surface of the track.

Beforehand, crews did a core sample and found out only the few top layers of the track were damaged during the Daytona 500.

That's when race car driver Juan Pablo Montoya crashed into a jet dryer, during a caution lap, which caused it to burst into flames.

Speedway officials told WFTV that because they got the fire out quickly and because some of that fuel ran down the track and didn't pool up, the damage wasn't as bad.

Now, the concern is making the track as smooth as it was before the crash.

Officials said they have hired Lane Construction, which is the same company that did the repave project about a year ago.

"We're getting the same smooth finished surface that we got out of the original asphalt, so it should be indistinguishable," said a speedway official.

The speedway is also repairing the apron, the flat piece of track parallel to Turn 3.

Officials said they won't release how much that repair will cost.