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Famed Daytona has ‘moderate damage’ from Hurricane Matthew

Sprint Unlimited - Practice

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 14: Cars race past the grandstands during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

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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.