The NASCAR Xfinity Series will kick off a weekend of racing at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night for the Wawa 250 powered by Coca-Cola (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
The series competed at Daytona two weekends ago, but on the road course rather than the oval that they will compete on this weekend.
Noah Gragson won the season-opening race at Daytona in February for JR Motorsports in the No. 9 Chevrolet. It was Gragson’s first career Xfinity Series win at the track.
Xfinity will get things started on Friday night while the Cup Series will compete on Saturday night.
With Gragson winning the first race of the season at Daytona, a return to the track is sure to bring a lot of momentum to the No. 9 team. Harrison Burton finished second in his first Xfinity Series start at Daytona. Timmy Hill got a career-best finish of third while Brandon Jones finished fourth. Chase Briscoe, the season points leader, rounded out the top five.
Coming off a doubleheader weekend at Dover International Speedway, Justin Allgaier got his first win of the 2020 season in Saturday’s race, securing his spot in the Playoffs. Chase Briscoe was victorious on Sunday for the sixth time this season.
Friday night’s race will be 250 miles and 100 laps with Stage 1 ending on Lap 30 and Stage 2 ending on Lap 60. Briscoe will lead the field to green as the No. 98 will start from the pole.
Ross Chastain, who is still looking for his first win of 2020, won this race last season after starting fourth and leading 49 laps.
His Kaulig Racing teammate, Justin Haley, finished behind him in second while Christopher Bell finished third for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Austin Cindric, the second part of the dominating Ford group this year with Briscoe, finished fourth. Stephen Leicht finished fifth for JD Motorsports.
Daytona International Speedway tends to produce new winners as well as exciting and crazy races and with the Playoffs on the line, we could see a surprise winner on Friday night in the Sunshine State.