NASCAR Cup preview: World Wide Technology Raceway

Chase Briscoe will lead a field of 36 drivers to the green flag in the opening race of the NASCAR Cup Series at the World Wide Technology Raceway.

The track is not unknown to NASCAR – it once hosted the Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series. The NHRA is competing for a dragster on the same property, and inside the oval track is a road track.

WWTR is located just minutes from downtown St. Louis in Madison, Illinois, and brought a party feel to the track with a three-day music festival in connection with the action of the track. Rapper Nelly is due to appear on Saturday night.

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Admission: WWTR sold out for Sunday’s race, including 57,000 seats in the stands

Specificity of the track: 1.25 miles paved oval. Turns 1 and 3 have a smaller radius and are inclined at 11 degrees. Turns 3 and 4 are inclined at 9 degrees.

Length of the race: 300 miles, divided into stages, end in laps 45, 140 and 240.

Weather: Sunday is forecast to be 86 degrees and partly cloudy.

Coverage: 15:30 ET, Fox Sports, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Here’s what some of the drivers say:

Tyler Reddick: “The track has a lot of traction. This is the only place I’ve driven this car, apart from the roads, where you can put this thing completely sideways in the middle of the corner and not crash. You can really drive this car a lot. It’s kind of refreshing, because with this car, wherever we go, you get stuck, you crash. That was kind of cool. Yes, we have a lot of traction here and we can manage these things with great difficulty. ”

Ryan Blaney: “It’s a clean place. I competed here a long time ago, but the crossing will be very rare on Sunday. This is the best way I can say it. If you stand behind someone, you are stuck and you can’t go anywhere. I hope the track widens. I hope they do something about it. I thought they would do something before we came here. I thought our practice was decent, but it puts more emphasis on getting ahead tomorrow and then trying to stay ahead. ”

Denny Hamlin: “Turns 1 and 2,” it looked like [they were] begins to expand slightly. We hope we can have some tapes. [Turns] 3 and 4 will probably be a bit of a challenge to have a few tapes, but you never know. Our cars do not like single-lane tracks. They like ones that can be spread. We hope this is one of the best short songs we have. It rides like a short track. This is something we should definitely work on – short, flat tracks. Cars seem to be struggling, but you never know. This weekend may be different. “

Joey Logano: “I missed it. This is a fun track. It was already fun there and the memories come back from 2008, although it was repaired and the track is much smoother than it was before. Turns 1 and 2 are [some] from the best angles in our sport. You can move and try different things and change. It’s fun to be able to release the accelerator pedal and apply the brakes and operate both pedals again. I enjoyed it. [Turns] 3 and 4 are part of the track where really [have] to push and push him. This makes it quite a fun track that you can go around on your own. We will see what the competition will be. It appears that [Turns] 1 and 2 are already taking a tire and the cars are already moving up the race track. ”

Ross Chastain: “The track is different from what I remember from the truck races I did in 2018 and 2019. It was fun there in itself. The ends are so different and the fall of the tires is enough that I started to lose traction. I didn’t really slow down that much, but I was starting to loosen up and tighten up. This is like a new challenge; it’s like a new racetrack. “

Chase Elliott: “It’s almost like everything I’ve seen here before. Honestly, it’s kind of like big Martinsville. It reminds me a little bit of that, only on a larger scale. I think the race will be a lot like Martinsville this year, so it should be good. “

Beetle Wallace: “The position of the track will be key. This is probably the biggest thing. Still good. It’s fast. I didn’t understand how fast we are here – 160, 170 [mph]. Compared to Martinsville, where it is 120 [mph]it opens your eyes so much when you look at this data. ”

Daniel Suarez: “[It feels] good. I think the racetrack is great. I think it’s something like Pocono’s baby. At least that’s how it seems to me. It has a long angle [Turns] 1 and 2 and also very flat [Turns] 3 and 4. It reminds me a lot of corners 1 and 3 of Pocono. It’s good. It’s a good track. I’m happy to be here. “

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