This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
This weekend the NASCAR Cup Series visits the Daytona International Speedway road course for the first time. This course is a 14-turn, 3.57-mile circuit that is intertwined with most of the Daytona oval. The event is 65 laps, divided into three stages of 15 laps, 15 laps and 35 laps. Top speeds are higher than a normal road course due to most of the 2.5-mile oval being incorporated, but two "bus stop" style chicanes will keep the oval from being completely wide open racing.
The circuit is reminiscent of the Roval course at Charlotte that NASCAR has raced the last two seasons. That experience and familiarity should translate well to the Daytona road circuit. The teams that can navigate the challenging chicanes and stay on the infield portion of the course will collect a good finish this Sunday at Daytona. This event was created to replace the road course at Watkins Glen due to the COVID-19 interrupted schedule of this year. The road course in New York is challenging in other respects, but this first time NASCAR race on the Daytona circuit will be a worthy challenge for these talented stock car drivers.
Since this is a completely new race, at a completely new course, we have no historical loop stats to examine this weekend. That does put us at a bit of a disadvantage. However, we're not completely without some numbers. For much of our analysis this week, we're going to rely on the statistics that our NASCAR Cup