This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
The first race in the Round of 12 of the Chase is on tap this weekend. The stars of NASCAR head to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the South Point 400, continuing the battle to whittle down the playoff field as we approach the championship round at Phoenix. NASCAR had recently used the date in Sin City to kick off the Chase for the Cup playoffs, but last season it moved it to the beginning of the second round.
This will be the second visit of 2021 to the Las Vegas oval. We will have good data from that event earlier in the season to look back on, and we'll take full advantage of it. We'll need to take into account several factors this weekend. Firstly, we'll need to examine the current hot streaks, as the trending drivers should carry their streaks of success or struggles into Las Vegas. Secondly, we'll need to take a look at how the drivers have performed on similar ovals this season. The intermediate oval is the most widely used track on the circuit, so we have plenty of data to examine. Lastly, we'll take an in-depth look at the race earlier this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. That data will have some relevance for this weekend, even though that event was held way back in early March. The crew chiefs' notes should be very helpful for the teams that finished well that weekend to repeat their success this weekend.
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