Saturday, February 15, 2020

Daytona Sets Xfinity Stage For Season Opener

Daytona Sets Xfinity Stage For Season Opener
The 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series season is upon us and Daytona International Speedway is all set to host this weekend’s ‘NASCAR Racing Experience 300’ at 2:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Justin Haley, Driver of the #11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet,
leads AJ Allmendinger, Driver of the #16 Ellsworth Advisors Chevrolet, and
Ross Chastain, Driver of the #10 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet, during practice

Daytona International Speedway has hosted fifty-six (56) NASCAR Xfinity Series races (1982-2019) producing 41 different pole winners and 31 different race winners.

NASCAR Xfinity Series

  • Next Race: NASCAR Racing Experience 300
  • The Place: Daytona International Speedway
  • The Date: Saturday, February 15
  • The Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: FS1, 2 p.m. ET
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
  • Distance: 300 miles (120 Laps);
  • Stage 1: (Ends on Lap 30),
  • Stage 2: (Ends on Lap 60),
  • Final Stage: (Ends on Lap 120)

Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick won the pole for the NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona last season and JR Motorsport’s Michael Annett won the race.

Xfinity Party Part-Timers at Daytona

For some drivers, this weekend is the beginning of a 33-race championship, but for others it’s just about the checkered flag, the win and the celebration in Victory Lane. Which makes it no surprise several part-time Xfinity Series drivers are taking aim at Daytona this weekend.

One such driver specifically tapped to drive this weekend to challenge for the win is veteran AJ Allmendinger. The California wheelman will be jumping into the Kaulig Racing No. 16 Chevrolet this weekend with crew chief Lennie Chandler calling the shots from the pit box. Allmendinger was dominate in his lone Xfinity Series Daytona start last season leading 33 laps and crossing the start-finish line in the top five but was subsequently disqualified and dropped to 38th after failing post-race inspection. In total last season Allmendinger made five starts with Kaulig Racing, posting one win (Charlotte ROVAL), two top fives and a pole.

2018 Gander Trucks champ Brett Moffitt will help the newly formed Our Motorsports  make their NASCAR Xfinity Series debut this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Moffitt will pilot the No. 02 Chevrolet. Moffitt has only made three Xfinity Series starts in his career with a best finish of ninth at his home track Iowa Speedway. This will be Moffitt’s series track debut this weekend.

Hattori Racing Enterprises made their NASCAR Xfinity Series debut last season with driver Austin Hill and this weekend return to the series for a shot at Daytona. Hattori Racing Enterprises primarily races in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and the organization won the Gander Trucks season-opener last year. Hill made his Xfinity Series debut last season with owner Carl Long at Indianapolis – he started 17th and finished ninth.

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