Daytona NXS Preview

Noah Gragson

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola

The Place: Daytona International Speedway

The Date: Friday, August 28

The Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV: NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 250 miles (100 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 30),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 60), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 100)

What To Watch For:

The Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida has hosted 57 NASCAR Xfinity Series races, one race per season from 1982 to 2001, then two races per year 2002 to Present.

The first NASCAR Xfinity Series race held at Daytona was on February 13, 1982 and won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt driving a Pontiac for car owner Robert Gee.

The first summer race held at Daytona in the Xfinity Series was on July 5, 2002 and the event was won by Florida native Joe Nemechek driving his own Pontiac.

The 57 Xfinity Series races at Daytona have produced 42 different pole winners and 32 different race winners.

Nine of the 32 Xfinity Series Daytona winners have multiple wins, led by NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt (1982, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994) and Tony Stewart (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013) with seven wins each. Three former series Daytona winners are entered this weekend – Noah Gragson (2020), Ross Chastain (July 2019), Michael Annett (Feb. 2019).

The last 10 NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Daytona have produced as many different winners.

The youngest NASCAR Xfinity Series winner at Daytona is William Byron (06/30/2017) at the age of 19 years, 6 months, 1 day and the oldest is NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison (02/13/1988) at the age of 50 years, 2 months, 10 days.

Six different drivers have won their first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona – Dale Earnhardt (1982), Chad Little (1995), Tony Stewart (2005), James Buescher (2012), Ryan Reed (2015) and Michael Annett (2019).

NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the NASCAR Xfinity Series in laps led at Daytona with 560 laps led in 24 starts.

Ross Chastain leads all active drivers this weekend in laps led at Daytona in the Xfinity Series with 75. … Jeremy Clements leads all active drivers in starts at Daytona this weekend with 20; his best finish at the 2.5-mile track was eighth in 2014.

Four of the 57 NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Daytona have been won from the pole or first starting position – Joe Nemechek (2002), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003), Tony Stewart (2008) and Clint Bowyer (2009).

… The deepest an Xfinity race winner has started at Daytona was 42nd by Chad Little in 1995. Last season’s summer race winner, Ross Chastain, started fourth.

The 2018 season-opener at Daytona set the NASCAR national series record for the closest finish all-time with Tyler Reddick winning over Elliott Sadler with a margin of victory 0.0004 second.


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