Tickets go on sale Friday for the 53rd annual Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH - The race to purchase coveted tickets for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20 is about to begin.

Tickets for the 2011 edition of "The Great American Race" - NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race - will go on sale 9 a.m. Friday.

Prior to Friday, June 18, only renewals for seat assignments for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race were taken by the ticket office at Daytona International Speedway.

For the third straight year, tickets for the 2011 Daytona 500 - which will be the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on the new asphalt at Daytona International Speedway - will start at $55.

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