Fans pack Speedway for Coke Zero 400 race


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR fans from all over central Florida have packed the Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 race Saturday evening.

The race officially begins at 7:30 p.m., but fans have been making their way over to the Speedway all day Saturday.

There were no major traffic issues on I-4 eastbound in Volusia County during the day Saturday. The Florida Highway Patrol has encouraged drivers to avoid I-4 in the Daytona Beach area before and after the race.

Heavy traffic and delays are expected on the local roads and the higways following the 400-mile race.

On Friday, NASCAR officials and drivers held a groundbreaking ceremony for the track's $400 million redevelopment project, called "Daytona Rising." The project, slated to be finished in January of 2016, includes a makeover of the grandstands that features a new layout for fans to be more social and comfortable.

The Coke Zero 400 qualifying race was held Friday afternoon at the Speedway. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth will start from the front row for tonight's race. Kenseth is seeking his circuit-leading fifth victory after winning in Kentucky last week.