DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – “It’s going to be wild.”
Those were the words uttered by Austin Hill, driver of the No. 16 Toyota Tundra for Hattori Racing Enterprises, when asked to describe what to expect when the green flag drops at the Daytona International Speedway road course on Sunday. This is the first time any NASCAR Series have raced on the 14-turn circuit, normally used for IMSA events like the Rolex 24 in February.
Making it even more interesting is the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Series drivers will be making their first ever lap on the track when the green drops. With no practice and no qualifying still the norm, the challenges are sure to show up quickly.
“I’m very excited to get out there and hit the race track,” Hill added. “It’s going to be interesting with really nobody ever being around that place and having no practice. I think in the Truck race, hopefully, the first lap or two, everyone takes it easy.
“If you look at year’s past at just road course races in general, a lot of people are really aggressive just trying to get to a good spot. I wouldn’t be so sure that we won’t have a caution on the first lap.
“It’s going to be a big unknown.”
What is known there will be 39 Truck drivers heading into Turn 1 at DIS on Sunday at Noon (FS1-TV, MRN Radio and Sirius/XM Radio)
The race will cover 158.85 mile, doing so in 44 laps. Zane Smith, coming off his first-career victory with a last-lap pass last weekend at Michigan, will lead the field to green.