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NASCAR takes a break from oval racing for its first road course of the season when the Cup Series 

hits the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for just the second time.

Last season, NASCAR held its inaugural race at COTA — the same facility that has hosted Formula One's lone race in the United States since 2012

but the debut was hampered by weather. Drivers were slip-sliding around most of the day,

leading to chaos and crashes before the race was finally called with 14 laps remaining.

The Series and its drivers are hoping for a better racing experience this weekend,

and they appear to be in luck with weather forecasts calling for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-80s.