This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
This weekend the NASCAR Cup Series visits Nashville Superspeedway for the first time ever. This oval is a moderately-banked 1.33-mile track that is concrete paved and features 14-degree banking in the turns. The event is 300 laps, divided into three stages of 90 laps, 95 laps and 115 laps. Top speeds are likely to be around 160 mph as the concrete surface provides high grip and a lot of potential for side-by-side racing. The oval is somewhat reminiscent of the lower banked intermediate ovals on the circuit like Kansas Speedway and Kentucky Speedway, although modestly smaller in size than most NASCAR intermediate ovals. From its opening in 2001 Nashville Superspeedway hosted Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series events until the track's closure in 2011. The facility has not been a part of the NASCAR schedule for close to a decade and has never hosted a Cup Series event in its history until now. There will be a lot of unknowns as we venture this weekend into the uncharted waters of Nashville Superspeedway.
Since this is a completely new race, at a completely new track, 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 Series drivers have accumulated this season on the intermediate ovals. It's the only real measure of which drivers tend to