First-time winners dominate start of NASCAR season

NASCAR’s revamped schedule was considered as providing the sport a fresh appearance this season, however it is the motorists winning who have actually done that.

Myatt Snider’s triumph in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race continued a run of novice winners in Xfinity and Cup in February.

The streak began with Michael McDowell winning the Daytona 500 for his very first Cup win. The following week, Ty Gibbs won the Xfinity race on the Daytona roadway course in his very first series start. The next day, Christopher Bell won his very first Cup race on that course. Then came Snider’s win.

So what are the possibilities the streak continues in Sunday’s Cup race? Well, the track has never ever had a chauffeur score their very first Cup win at the 1.5-mile speedway. However the method this season has actually gone, history matters little bit.

Among the Cup drivers who could score their first series win Sunday is Tyler Reddick, who finished fourth in last year’s Cup race and has actually two Xfinity wins. Few run Miami’s high line near the wall as well.

Another driver seeking their first Cup win is Bubba Wallace. His 23XI Racing team is aligned with Joe Gibbs Racing. JGR’s Denny Hamlin won at Miami last year. Kyle Busch was sixth for JGR last year. Bell was eighth for Leavine Family Racing, which was aligned with JGR last season. Wallace was 13th for Richard Petty Motorsports in that race.

Also, Matt DiBenedetto is searching for his first career Cup win. Should he win, he will give Wood Brothers Racing its 100th career victory and become the 19th different driver to win for the organization. Amongst those who have won for the Wood Brothers are NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Glen Wood and Dale Jarrett.

Saturday belonged to Snider, who took the lead on the second overtime restart and won his very first career Xfinity race. Reaching Victory Lane was a long journey for Snider that included part-time rides and a season in the NASCAR Euro Series.

“The stuff that I think back to Is just all the previous experiences that I’ve had with different race teams coming up with in the sport,” Snider said after his win. “I started out in the Truck Series with (Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2017). That was an eye-opening experience because I really learned a lot that year and learned how much I didn’t know about NASCAR racing. … I went to ThorSport full-time (in 2018) and that was a great experience and we didn’t have any sponsorship for 2019.”

That led to him racing in the Euro Series in 2019. He returned to run the full Xfinity season in 2015, splitting his time with Richard Childress Racing and RSS Racing. He turned that into a full-time ride with RCR this season and his very first trip to Victory Lane.

Now the question becomes who will be the next very first-time winner?

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