NASCAR Truck Driver Austin Hill Open Up on Grid’s Lack of Experience on Road Courses

Published 08/15/2020, 10:41 AM EDT


This weekend, NASCAR has touched down at the Daytona International Speedway, but is using the road course layout. Now, very few NASCAR Truck series drivers have experience on road courses, and Brett Moffitt and Austin Hill are two of them.

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NASCAR is a racing series that primarily races on oval layouts and speedways. However, there are occasions where the stock car racing series, visits proper circuit layouts.

Recently, the two NASCAR Truck Series drivers spoke to FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass about racing at Daytona. Moffitt said, “Everyone talks about driving it in too hard in the first corner, backing it up and cause the same accordion effect. You will end up in a mess, I think we need to try to play the track position game.”

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Moffitt noted that most teams generally opt for a one-stop strategy at road course races. However, he does not believe that they will follow the same tactic at the Daytona road course. According to his observation, if a driver pits early, he runs the risk of running into traffic in the later stages.

What else did NASCAR Truck drivers say?

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Brett Moffitt is also aware that the majority of the drivers have little to no experience on circuit layouts. He also noted that it makes little sense in mingling in traffic, so drivers and teams will opt for a more ‘traditional’ race strategy. In other words, the focus will be on earning stage points and seeing where they end up in the final stage.

Brett Moffitt

Meanwhile, Austin Hill hopes that everyone chooses to take things easy in the first few laps and get a feel for the track. Unfortunately, he noted that past history suggests that drivers tend to get very aggressive. This means that they will try anything and everything to sneak into a good slot in the pack.

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In fact, Hill isn’t sure if early race antics will bring out the caution flags. However, he does know that this race will be a massive step into the unknown for every driver.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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