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Take a Sunday-morning ride around Daytona International Speedway

Jay Busbee
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What's it like whipping around Daytona International Speedway at 200 mph with 42 other cars just inches from your door? We have no idea, and we're not exactly itching to find out. But we can tell you exactly what it's like doing a buck-fifty in a pace car driven by Brett Bodine. Here, check out a snippet of our ride:

That's taken through Turns 3 and 4, coming into the front stretch. It seems much slower than you'd expect, but trust us, it's plenty fast in the car, especially when you're up against the wall. The construction girders you see atop the grandstands are the start of "Daytona Rising," the $400 million project that will completely revamp and redevelop the face of Daytona.

The banking is 31 degrees, and at the turns' highest points, you're three stories above infield ground level. Although the recent repave smoothed out the most severe bumps in the track, it's still a rough ride ... even rougher, we assume, with cars on both sides of, and in some cases above, you.

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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter.

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