Don't miss Daytona 500 traffic nightmare

Traffic for the Daytona 500 is a nightmare / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer Photo Illustration / The day of the Daytona 500, it's traffic galore on the roadways, in the infield and on the track.
 
David Beilstein, Lion's Den column / Headline SurferBy DAVID "DAN" J. BEILSTEIN
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Lion's Den

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- One thing I don't miss about Florida is all the darn traffic and headaches in Daytona when you had to go there for some reason during the Daytona 500.

Had or wanted to. What a mess!

I made the mistake one year of getting the bright idea of heading to Barnes and Noble on International Speedway Boulevard and I never did that again. It was about a 15-minute drive from Daytona to New Smyrna Beach. Not that year; took me an hour or more getting home because of all the one-way detours from Daytona 500 traffic after the race. 

I made the mistake one year of getting the bright idea of heading to Barnes and Noble on International Speedway Boulevard and I never did that again. It was about a 15-minute drive from Daytona to New Smyrna Beach. Not that year; took me an hour or more getting home because of all the one-way detours from Daytona 500 traffic after the race. 

Editor's Note: If you want to avoid traffic hassles, keep in mind, this year's Daytona 500 is Sunday, Feb. 26, from Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Florida. The race begins at noon and ends about 5 p.m. Traffic is snarled from 7 a.m. until jut before the race. And when the race is over, traffic is snarled again until about 9 p.m. for 101,000 race attendees, with major routes being ISB to I-95 and I-4.
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David "Daniel" Beilstein, spent the better part of a decade in Central Florida, in New Smyrna Beach in particular as a reporter for the former daily community newspaper, the New Smyrna Beach Observer, in 2008, and later attended Full Sail University. A kidney issue forced him to return to Essex, Vt., in November 2014, but he has agreed to continue writing his community column, the "Lion's Den" for HeadlineSurfer.com, owned and operated by award-winning journalist and Publisher Henry Frederick under NSB News LLC. Headline Surfer is a registered trademark.