NASCAR: 5 things for new fans to know for the Daytona 500

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If you among the group of NASCAR fans for 2022, here are five key things that will help you while watching the Daytona 500 this weekend.

As NASCAR welcomes the 2022 season, they also hope to welcome in new fans to the sport. Over the past couple years, many events have led to an increase in new fans for the sport.

If you are relatively new to NASCAR and struggle to keep up with the fast-paced sport, don’t fret. This guide will give you some background on what to expect on the track on Sunday in the season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway!

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New NASCAR fans Daytona 500 guide: No. 1 – Drafting

When it comes to the Daytona Beach, Florida track, drafting with other cars is the most important thing that the drivers need to do. Drafting occurs when two or more cars get in a straight line, inches away from each other during the race.

When the cars get in line, the air that usually puts force on the cars is relieved. Instead of the air bearing down on your spoiler, it simply goes over to the car behind you.

I like thinking about walking outside when it’s very windy. If you walk right behind somebody else, the wind has less effect on you. That’s essentially what’s happening here, just with cars traveling at speeds of around 200 miles per hour. When you watch the Daytona 500, you will see these big lines of cars form. Now you know why!