DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Tens of thousands of people are heading into Daytona Beach for this year’s sold-out Daytona 500.
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Local leaders and business owners are hoping the packed speedway is a sign of a big boost coming for the local economy.
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The race this Sunday is expected to bring more than 100,000 people to Volusia County.
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The Daytona International Speedway has also been hosting its Speedweeks events all week long in the lead-up to the “Great American Race.”
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Some local hotel owners said they have been sold out almost all week.
They are hoping that’s a sign that this year is going to be a busy year for those hotels and motels along the coast.
Daytona International Speedway president Frank Kelleher said the race sold out a month early for the first time in 14 years.
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And more people will be coming to Daytona Beach in the coming weeks as Bike Week, Spring Break, Rockville and summer vacations are all just around the corner.
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