Weather, Distance, and All You Should Know About the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Daytona Road Course

Published 02/20/2021, 7:45 AM EST
Daytona Beach, FL, USA; Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric (22) leads the field during the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Xfinity Series will return this weekend with an intriguing Daytona Road Course (RC) race lined up. As per the draws made, Brett Moffitt will start on pole with 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric joining him on the front row.

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From a weather perspective, everything looks set up for a perfect evening of racing with clear, sunny skies and a 1% chance of rain. Racing on the 3.61-mile-long track, the distance that the drivers will be racing accounts for a total of 187.72 miles.
A total of 52 laps have been assigned, of which Stages 1 and 2 will end on Laps 15 and 30, respectively. The Daytona RC clash will see cars start their engines at 5:02 PM Eastern Time (ET), with the green flag waving off at 5:14 PM ET.

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How do the frontrunners stack up ahead of the clash?

Cindric naturally leads the pack with his recent record at road courses, also lifting the Daytona RC crown last year. The Team Penske No.22 has collected wins at Watkins Glen and Road America, making him a lethal threat in this year’s clash as well.
Moffitt, in that regard, is a relative newcomer to road courses, although he notched up a brilliant second in the 2020 edition of the Truck Series race.

Xfinity lineup for Daytona road course. Moffitt on the pole Saturday. Cindric starting second. pic.twitter.com/P8hlxcdN7C

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) February 17, 2021

But most interestingly, fans will be keen to watch how seasoned NASCAR veteran AJ Allmendinger goes about his race. The 39-year-old has experience with both Cup and Xfinity cars, notably winning at Road America and securing top-five finishes at Daytona and Watkins Glen.

Looking back at the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ 2020 Daytona Road Course race

Dialing the timeline to just about 12 months back, Team Penske’s Cindric had started on pole. The No.22 followed it up with an impressive Stage 1 victory, while also leading the charge in Stage 2 before Chase Briscoe’s brief fightback.

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WATKINS GLEN, NEW YORK – AUGUST 03: Austin Cindric, driver of the #22 MoneyLion Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Zippo 200 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 03, 2019 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Drivers failed to get any solid grip, which saw them frequently skid across the track. It was ultimately Cindric, though, who won the race with a gap of slightly more than six seconds.
Therefore, the 2021 race promises to be equally exciting as Cindric eyes back-to-back win at Daytona RC. It will hence interest to see who can challenge and beat him to pick up a win in the early stages of the season.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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