For the second week in a row, the NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to a road course as last week, they raced at Road America in Wisconsin. This week, all of NASCAR enters uncharted territory as the Daytona International Speedway road course debuts, replacing the annual race at Watkins Glen. This will be the first time ever a race will be run at the Daytona Road Course in NASCAR’s three national series.
The 3.61-mile course has 14 turns. The race will be 52 laps with the stages ending on lap 15, lap 30 and the finish on lap 52, stretching 182 miles. Also, all races will have rain tires available. Without any practices or qualifying, it will be a challenge to navigate this race for each team and figure out the track.
Last week at Road America, two successful drivers in the Xfinity Series, Austin Cindric and A.J. Allmendinger, went head-to-head. Allmendinger would pick up the stage two win with his blazing speed on the track. Cindric and Allmendinger would make the top two during a caution-filled final stage. Allmendinger was fast but not fast enough as Cindric held off Allmendinger to pick up the victory. For Allmendinger, it was his ninth career finish in the top 10 with six of them coming on road courses.
It was Cindric’s fourth victory in the last five races as he swept both races at Kentucky, won at Texas as the runner-up after Kyle Busch failed post-race inspection, and won last week. In the one race he did not win, he won the first two stages at Kansas and finished second behind Brandon Jones. Cindric is the overall points leader in the Xfinity Series with four wins on the season and 12 top-five finishes. He is the pole starter, lining up beside the runner-up in the points, Chase Briscoe.
Noah Gragson will start third, Ross Chastain fourth and Justin Haley, the winner of stage one last week at Road America, rounds out the top five.
The driver to watch outside of Cindric and Allmendinger is Justin Allgaier, the winner of the 2018 race at Road America. He was running in the top-five last week before crashing out of the race. Allgaier, the driver of the No. 7 car, is seventh in the playoff standings (the top driver without a win this season). He will look to rebound from last week’s disappointment and pick up his first win of 2020.
Coverage for the UNOH 188 at the Daytona Road Course will begin at 3:00 p.m. EST. You can catch the race on NBC Sports Network and the Motor Racing Network.
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