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NextEra Energy 250
Location: Daytona Beach, Fla.
Course: Daytona International Speedway
Format: 2.5-mile tri-oval
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series hits the track this week in the season opening NextEra Energy 250. Ben Rhodes won the race last season, as well as the following race on Daytona's infield road course. Those wins were enough to put him into the season finale with a shot at a first series championship, which clinched with a third-place finish. He'll hope to replicate that success this year. Rivals like 2021 regular-series champion John Hunter Nemechek will be tough to overcome, though. Everyone will be working hard to get their season started in the best possible way this week by making the turn into Daytona International Speedway's Victory Lane.
Key Stats at Daytona International Speedway
- Number of races: 22
- Winners from pole: 4
- Winners from top-5 starters: 9
- Winners from top-10 starters: 13
- Winners from 21st or lower starters: 5
- Fastest race: 146.622 mph
Previous 10 Daytona Winners
Rhodes led seven laps, including the final overtime lap, in his Daytona win last season. The race featured 10 cautions for nearly half of the total laps run. Spencer Boyd and Chase Purdy took the two stage wins. Only three drivers led more than 10 laps each, too. Strategy and drafting is the way to come out on top at Daytona for the trucks. Teams will find partners to work with, including trips to pit road, to ensure they stay within the draft. Success this week will also require a healthy dose of luck, too. With 10 caution periods last year, fans and drivers alike can be assured of an eventful season-opening race for the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Trucks.
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John Hunter Nemechek was one of the stars of the 2021 season. He came up short of the championship and will be anxious to get back on track this week to start working toward claiming the title in 2022. He finished seventh in this race last season and has a best Daytona finish in the Trucks of fourth. Matt DiBenedetto will continue his NASCAR career this season with a full-time ride in this series after moving out of the No. 21 NASCAR Cup Series car. He will be one to watch this year and will be hoping to find Victory Lane early and often in the Trucks. Johnny Sauter is the driver with the most previous Daytona wins in this race. He last won this race in 2018. He started this race last year from pole but was unable to finish after suffering damage. Derek Kraus has two Daytona starts under his belt with a best finish of fourth, while Hailie Deegan embarks on her second season. She finished 24th in this race last year after starting ninth. Blaine Perkins will be challenging for rookie of the year honors in 2022 and was 31st in practice.