Famed Daytona has ‘moderate damage’ from Hurricane Matthew

Brian Johns is hit by a wave as he tries to video the effects of Hurricane Matthew, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Brian Johns is hit by a wave as he tries to video the effects of Hurricane Matthew, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Daytona International Speedway officials say the famed track has “moderate damage” from Hurricane Matthew.

Officials say lights, speakers, signage, fences, gates, awnings and palm trees were damaged from the powerful storm, which made its way up Florida’s coastline Friday. They say there was no flooding at the facility, adding that pictures circulating on social media are from a 2009 storm that caused damage to the speedway.

The ticket office and the Richard Petty Driving Experience will be closed Saturday and Sunday during cleanup. The track’s next event is the Fall Cycle Scene, a racing and demonstration show that begins Thursday and runs through the weekend.

In the meantime, the track is serving as a staging area for Florida Power & Light crews dispatched to repair outages.

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