Daytona officials can only hope to contain the pothole

Nick Bromberg

According to Fox Sports' Lee Spencer, the pothole that formed during February's Daytona 500 hasn't been completely fixed.

According to fans camped near the patch, workers appeared prior to the first Nationwide Series practice Thursday morning.

Johnny Grainger, 57, of Deltona said representatives from Daytona International Speedway explained the workers were covering the patch with concrete and then grinding the surface around a square area where the cars were bottoming out throughout the practice sessions. Grainger added that the workers returned shortly after Happy Hour ended around 8 p.m. By 10 p.m., 11 vehicles along with a trailer surrounded the area as workers continued to address it.

Although track officials denied there was any problem with the surface and NASCAR representatives were unaware of any issues, from the infield fence there was clearly visible a three- to four-foot hole near the patched area.

Ruh Roh.

The Speedway released a statement Friday morning, saying that the schedule hadn't been impacted and, yes, there was a hole.

"During an inspection by our team of engineers following yesterday’s track activity, an area of approximately one-foot tall by 4 1/2-feet long in Turn 2 was repaired as a precautionary measure. Our track inspections will continue throughout the weekend and we will make any other repairs deemed necessary. The event schedule was not impacted and the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series cars were on track this morning at 8 a.m. as scheduled."

I guess we'll just have to see what happens in Friday night's Nationwide race, but it's not a great sign when the repair after a day and a half of practice was for a hole a foot tall. And if the hole does return, why doesn't Daytona take a lesson from Pocono and put cones around it?*

* — That last sentence is sarcasm