This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
The first race in the 2019 Chase for the Cup is on tap this weekend. NASCAR has chosen to start the Chase at one of the many Monster Energy Cup Series' intermediate ovals this Sunday afternoon. The stars of NASCAR will head to Sin City and Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the South Point 400. The intermediate oval in the Nevada desert hosts the opening race of the Chase. NASCAR shook up the schedule last season, and moved the Chase opener from Chicago to Las Vegas, as well as some other noteworthy changes to spice up the competition. This will be the second season that we race twice on the LVMS 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. First, we'll need to examine the current hot streaks, as the trending drivers should carry their streaks of success or struggles into Las Vegas. Second, 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 March. The crew chiefs' notes should be very