This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
This will be the third restrictor-plate race of the 2018 season, so we should now begin to see some trends forming on these larger ovals. With the same aero-rules package being used for the second time this season at Daytona, we hope to see some the same racing that made the Daytona 500 a competitive and exciting affair. If the drivers can duplicate the action we saw in May at Talladega, we should be in for a thrilling ride this Saturday night. The 500-mile race at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this season featured 25 lead changes and was one of the most competitive events since the season-opener at Daytona. The Daytona 500 also offered a similar 24 lead changes, so we should be in for a hotly-contested race this weekend. Despite the pack racing that super speedways create, we still have lots of lead changes and parity in these restrictor-plate events.
However, we also need to remember the 15 cars that DNF'd at Daytona is also a season high mark, and really illustrates the luck side of the equation in this style of racing too.