This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
The first race in the 2018 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 on 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 this season, and moved the Chase opener from Chicago to Las Vegas, as well as some other noteworthy changes to spice up the competition. To this point in the track's history, LVMS has never hosted two events in the same season. This will be the first time ever that the top division of NASCAR will get a second look for the year at the Vegas oval. That produces a new wrinkle in not on the real competition, but the fantasy racing competition as well.
We need to look closely at several factors this weekend. First, we need to examine the current hot streaks, as the trending drivers should carry their streaks of success or struggle into Las Vegas. Second, we need to 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. Last, we'll take an in-depth look at the race earlier this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. That data will have some