The long wait is finally over, racing fans. NASCAR is back racing at Daytona International Speedway this weekend, with all three national touring series together at the renovated motorsports stadium. And with many changes happening over the offseason, it should be a weekend full of great racing in Florida.
Here are four of the big stories to follow for NASCAR at Daytona this weekend.
One of the most common changes in the offseason was the moving of drivers and crew chiefs among teams. More than a dozen teams in each of the three top series will see a new driver-crew chief combo at Daytona. Even championship-winning teams like Joe Gibbs Racing are shifting their talent around, all in the hopes of continuing success or creating some of their own.
Lots of rules changes were announced by NASCAR in the offseason too, with many of them changing how the races may pan out particularly in the Xfinity and Truck series. Both of them will adopt adjusted versions of the Chase, while the trucks will also have a caution clock to help change up the flow of the race. Only time will tell if these changes will excite fans, or send them into uproar.
While the drivers and the rules take center stage on the track, the track itself went through a major facelift in the offseason. The Daytona Rising project helped to change the face of Daytona International Speedway, making it the first true motorsports stadium in the country. And while you may not experience many of the changes at home watching on TV, those attending the race certainly will.
New Race Picks
Normally reserved for our team’s picks in various races this weekend, the LWOS Racing team encourages you to join our Fantasy NASCAR league and make your picks alongside our writers. You can click here and join the league now, before the green flag drops on the Great American Race.
Be sure to tune in to all the NASCAR racing action at Daytona all weekend long. FS1 will bring you the Truck Series on Friday night, and the Xfinity Series on Saturday afternoon. Then tune into your local FOX station for the 58th running of the Daytona 500, live on Sunday at noon local time.