The biggest race of the year is the opening race for the NASCAR season. It seems a little backwards, but it definitely leads to the immediate attention ramp for the season as a whole. That being said, the track drivers the same as usual, the cars are the same as they always are on this track and there are no special rules in place this week, outside of the restrictor plates on the engines that is.

Daytona International Speedway is the host for the race, the most famous track on the NASCAR schedule. It’s a 2.5-mile Tri-Oval circuit per lap with banking in the turns at 31 degrees and then middle of the Tri-Oval is banked at 18 degrees. It’s the second-longest and second-steepest banked track on the schedule only behind Talladega which also means it’s one of the fastest tracks out there with speeds easily cracking 200 mph throughout the race. It might look like a smooth ride around the large oval, but that doesn’t mean that the race goes smoothly…ever.

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