2020 NASCAR Truck Series preview: Daytona road course

After Saturday’s hectic Xfinity Series race on the Daytona road course, the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series will get their shot early Sunday afternoon.

The Daytona road course is half-infield track layout and half oval. The first turn was the problem in Saturday’s Xfinity race as drivers struggled to get the car tight and would slide off course. There was even a point on Saturday where drivers were seven-wide in the turn. The other Achilles’ heel comes in the form of the chicanes on the backstretch and off of turn four. If drivers overrun the chicane, they have to serve a stop-and-go penalty on the course.

With it being August in Florida, rain is always a threat but may not be with the race taking in the early portion of the afternoon. However, isolated thunderstorms are expected to approach the track at around 2:00 p.m. EST. Rain tires will be available for Sunday’s race.

Rookie Zane Smith scored his first career victory in the series last weekend at Michigan and will start Sunday’s race on the pole. He will be joined by Christian Eckes on the front row.

Points leader Austin Hill will roll off fourth for Sunday’s race.

Todd Gilliland currently holds a 29-point gap on the positive side of the playoff cutline ahead of Tyler Ankrum. Rookie Derek Kraus only holds a one-point gap ahead of Gilliland. All three drivers start inside the top 10 on Sunday and cannot afford to make a mistake.

It will be a war of attrition Sunday as most of these drivers do not see a road course often in the truck series. For the last decade, Canadian Tire was the only road-course race on the schedule.

Sunday will also mark the first race of the Triple Truck Challenge, which will take place over this weekend and the following two races at Dover and Gateway.

Stages will end on lap 12, lap 25 and the finish on lap 44.

TV coverage for the Sunoco 159 will begin at 12:00 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1. The Motor Racing Network will provide radio coverage.

Starting lineup:

Pit stall assignments:

Goodyear tire notes: https://www.jayski.com/2020/08/11/goodyear-fast-facts-daytona-road-course/

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