Daytona Truck Meet opens three-day event in Daytona Beach

DAYTONA BEACH — It was high noon on opening day of the Daytona Truck Meet and the pageantry of the main event was unfolding on Friday at Daytona International Speedway.

“Are you ready for some burn-outs?” an announcer in a golf cart shouted into his bullhorn. “Who wants to burn those rubbers?”

A roar erupted from the sweaty monster truck fans that packed aluminum bleachers and lined chain link fences under a broiling 90-plus-degree sun next to a paved parking area on the Speedway’s infield.

A line of Daytona Truck Meet enthusiast leads a long line of trucks cruising the beach on Friday in Daytona Beach. The three-day event officially opened on Friday, with activities at Daytona International Speedway and plenty of traffic congestion on State Road A1A.

There, within a rectangular space enclosed by concrete highway barriers, the first truck put pedal to metal in a two-hour competition to burn rubber on asphalt.

The contest is among the daily activities at the Speedway, the official hub of the three-day Truck Meet that will draw some 5,000 oversized vehicles and nearly 40,000 spectators through Sunday in Daytona Beach.

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