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Posted: 2014 Feb 07 - 06:17

Jimmie Johnson to lead Team JJF at Daytona Beach half marathon

Jimmie Johnson, six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, will lead TeamJJF at the Daytona Beach Half Marathon on Feb. 16. Mr. Johnson finished the 2013 Daytona Beach Half Marathon in 1:29:49 and won the DAYTONA 500 the following Sunday.

"Last year I ran in the Daytona Beach Half Marathon and had an absolute blast," Mr. Johnson said. "I am going to be there this year representing Team JJF and would love to have others join and participate with me."

The sixth annual Daytona Beach Half Marathon, hosted by Volusia County, Daytona International Speedway and the Central Florida Sports Commission, is an official part of Budweiser Speedweeks, taking place one week before the Daytona 500. In addition to the half marathon, organizers will also stage a Lap the Track fun run and Kids Race on Feb. 16.

For information, visit daytonabeachhalf.com.

Race fans can get really close to the action for Sprint Unlimited

Race fans attending The Spring Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway will have a chance at some unique prizes this year.

Among the experiences fans can win:

Presenting the winning driver with the Sprint Unlimited trophy

Riding in a grand marshal car during the pace laps of the Sprint Unlimited

Attending the driver's meeting

Honorary pit crew member

Photo with the winning Sprint Unlimited driver in Gatorade Victory Lane

Race fans who already purchased tickets may pre-register for the special prizes online at DISrewards.com. Fans also can register on-site at Daytona Reward Stations powered by Windows in Sprint FANZONE, the Midway outside Turn 4 and in front of the DIS Ticket and Tours Building.

There will be hundreds of other opportunities for race fans to win prizes, such as Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400 race tickets, Sprint FANZONE passes, Gatorade Victory Lane access, team hauler and garage tours and VIP viewing of driver introductions.

The Daytona Reward Stations also will be open the following week on Saturday, Feb. 22, for the DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and Sunday, Feb. 23, for the 56th annual Daytona 500 with more opportunities for fans to win prizes.

For the second straight year, the Sprint Unlimited will feature 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole winners and past champions of the race.

Twenty drivers are eligible for the 75-lap race including six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart, who is scheduled to make his return to competition for the first time since suffering injuries the summer of 2013.

For tickets and more information, visit daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call (800) PITSHOP.

Park will host softball leagues

Robert L. Strickland Park in Daytona Beach will host co-ed and men's softball leagues beginning March 10.

Co-ed leagues will play Monday and Wednesday nights, while the men's league will play Tuesday and Thursday nights.

The team fee is $650 and teams can expect to play 22 to 24 games.

Team managers will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.

For more information, contact Martin Ballou at (386) 265-2298 or David Hinson at (386) 527-5213 or dhinson@volusia.org.

Spring softball leagues on tap

Volusia County Parks, Recreation and Culture Division is recruiting teams for four adult softball leagues.

Men's and co-ed leagues will play slow-pitch ISA softball at Pfc. Emory L. Bennett Veterans Memorial Park in Orange City.

The co-ed league, which starts March 3, will play Monday nights.

Men will play Tuesday and Thursday nights beginning March 4.

The fee is $275 per team.

For more information, contact Joe Zarbo at (386) 736-5953, Ext. 16702, or jzarbo@volusia.org.

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