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[October 13, 2016]
By Jerry Bonkowski, The Sports Xchange
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES: HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400 (267 laps, 400.5
miles), Kansas Speedway; Kansas City, Kansas.
TV: Sunday, Oct. 16, 2:15 p.m. ET - NBC (Radio: Motor Racing
Network/SiriusXM Channel 90).
THEN AND NOW: This will be the 22nd Sprint Cup race held at the
1.5-mile Kansas Speedway. It will also be the fifth race of the
10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship playoffs, in addition
to being the second race of the second round of the Chase (known
this year as the Round of 12). ... Joey Logano is the defending
winner of this race, while Kyle Busch won this year's spring race at
Kansas. ... The first four race winners thus far in the Chase have
been Martin Truex Jr. (Chicagoland), Kevin Harvick (New Hampshire),
Martin Truex Jr. (Dover) and Jimmie Johnson (Charlotte). Johnson's
win this past Sunday at Charlotte was his eighth career win there
and his third win of the 2016 season, snapping a 24-race winless
drought. ... A total of 13 different drivers have won at least one
race thus far in the first 29 races this season: Brad Keselowski (4
wins), Kyle Busch (4), Martin Truex Jr. (4), Denny Hamlin (3), Kevin
Harvick (3), Jimmie Johnson (3), Carl Edwards (2), Matt Kenseth (2)
and one win each by Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Tony Stewart, Chris
Buescher and Kyle Larson. ... Ryan Newman has re-signed to remain
with Richard Childress Racing through at least 2017. Ty Dillon, who
was expected to take Newman's seat for his grandfather's team, will
likely remain in the Xfinity Series - or could potentially still
race full-time in the Cup Series for another team in 2017. ... With
his win at Charlotte, Johnson has assumed the points lead in the
standings. Matt Kenseth is second (-5), followed by Kyle Busch (-9),
Brad Keselowski (-11), Kurt Busch (-12), Carl Edwards (-16), Martin
Truex Jr. (-17), Denny Hamlin (-33), Austin Dillon (-36), Chase
Elliott (-36), Joey Logano (-39) and Kevin Harvick (-41). It is
imperative for the last five drivers in the standings to have a
strong bounce-back finish at Kansas, lest they could potentially be
eliminated from advancing to the third round of the Chase after next
week's unpredictable wildcard race at Talladega.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: KANSAS LOTTERY 300 (200 laps, 300 miles),
Kansas Speedway; Kansas City, Kansas.
TV: Saturday, Oct. 15, 3 p.m. ET - NBC (Radio: Motor Racing
Network/SiriusXM Channel 90).
THEN AND NOW: Saturday will mark the 16th time the Xfinity Series
has raced at Kansas. Kyle Busch is the defending winner of this
race, having actually won the last two Xfinity events at Kansas. ...
The race will mark the first race of the second round - known as the
"Round of 8" - of the inaugural Xfinity Chase for the Championship.
Four drivers of the original field of 12 were eliminated after last
Sunday's race at Charlotte: Ty Dillon, Brennan Poole, Ryan Sieg and
Brandon Jones. ... Winners in the Chase thus far have been Elliott
Sadler (Kentucky), Daniel Suarez (Dover) and Joey Logano
(Charlotte). ... Because this is the first race of the second round
of the Chase, the points have been reset so that all eight remaining
drivers are tied at 3,000 points each: Daniel Suarez, Elliott
Sadler, Justin Allgaier, Erik Jones, Brendan Gaughan, Ryan Reed,
Darrell Wallace Jr. and Blake Koch. ... Winners of the first 29
Xfinity Series races this season have been Chase Elliott (Daytona),
Kyle Busch (Atlanta, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Texas, Kentucky, New
Hampshire, Indianapolis and Richmond), Austin Dillon (Fontana,
Bristol), Erik Jones (Bristol, Dover, Iowa and Chicago), Dale
Earnhardt Jr. (Richmond), Elliott Sadler (Talladega, Darlington and
Kentucky), Denny Hamlin (Charlotte), Kyle Larson (Pocono), Daniel
Suarez (Michigan and Dover), Sam Hornish Jr. (Iowa), Aric Almirola
(Daytona), Joey Logano (Watkins Glen and Charlotte), Justin Marks
(Mid-Ohio) and Michael McDowell (Road America).
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NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES: The series is off this weekend.
It resumes racing Oct. 22 at Talladega Superspeedway.
THEN AND NOW: Tyler Reddick, who did not qualify for the inaugural
Camping World Truck Series Chase, won the most recent Truck Series
race, the DC Solar 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 1. ...
Reddick joined rookie William Byron (New Hampshire) as the first two
race winners of the Truck Series' first-ever Chase (although Reddick
is not eligible to win the championship). ... Byron has dominated
this season with six wins in 18 races. ... Byron maintained the
series lead in the point standings after Las Vegas. Christopher Bell
is second (-18), followed by two-time series champion Matt Crafton
(-19), Ben Kennedy (-25), Timothy Peters (-27), Johnny Sauter (-28),
Daniel Hemric (-43) and John Hunter Nemechek (-43). ... There have
been 10 winners thus far this season: Johnny Sauter (Daytona), John
Hunter Nemechek (Atlanta, Canada), Kyle Busch (Martinsville,
Chicagoland), William Byron (Kansas, Michigan, Iowa, Kentucky,
Pocono and New Hampshire), Matt Crafton (Dover, Charlotte),
Christopher Bell (Gateway), Kyle Larson (Eldora), Ben Kennedy
(Bristol), Brett Moffitt (Michigan) and Tyler Reddick (Las Vegas).
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES: 2016 season has concluded.
THEN AND NOW: Josef Newgarden made his official Team Penske debut
this week, practicing with the team this past Monday at Road America
in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Newgarden will also take part in a
Firestone tire test this Thursday at Gateway Motorsports Park
outside St. Louis. The test will be to work with different rubber
compounds to determine the best to be used when the IndyCar Series
returns to GMP next August for the first time since 2003. ...
Veteran Indianapolis Star motorsports writer Curt Cavin has been
named Vice President of Public Relations for the Verizon IndyCar
Series. He starts Oct. 24.
NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION, MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES: AAA
TEXAS FALLNATIONALS, Texas Motorplex; Ennis, Texas (south of
TV: Sunday, Oct. 16, 2-5 p.m. ET - Fox Sports 1.
THEN AND NOW: The NHRA's six-race Countdown to the Championship
begins the homestretch this weekend. Three races are completed
(Charlotte, St. Louis and Maple Grove), and races remaining are
Dallas, Las Vegas and the season finale in Pomona, California. ...
Winners of the most recent race at Maple Grove near were Antron
Brown (Top Fuel), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Vincent Nobile (Pro
Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle). ... Here are the
updated standings after the first two Countdown races -- TOP FUEL:
1. Antron Brown; 2. Doug Kalitta (-77); 3. Brittany Force (-118); 4.
Shawn Langdon (-119); 5. Tony Schumacher (-141); 6. Steve Torrence
(-163); 7. Leah Pritchett (-189); 8. J.R. Todd (-194); 9. Richie
Crampton (-218); 10. Clay Millican (-241). FUNNY CAR: 1. Ron Capps;
2. Tommy Johnson Jr. (-24); 3. Jack Beckman (-93); 4. Matt Hagan
(-110); 5. Del Worsham (-122); 6. John Force (-138); 7. Tim
Wilkerson (-172); 8. Robert Hight (-175); 9. Courtney Force (-186);
10. Alexis DeJoria (-269). PRO STOCK: 1. Jason Line; 2. Greg
Anderson (-45); 3. Vincent Nobile (-83); 4. Bo Butner (-87); 5.
Shane Gray (-147); 6. Chris McGaha (-200); 7. Allen Johnson (-29);
8. Drew Skillman (-232); 9. Jeg Coughlin (-274); 10. Erica Enders
(-285). PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: 1. Andrew Hines; 2. Eddie Krawiec
(-38); 3. Angelle Sampey (-52); 4. Chip Ellis (--67); 5. Jerry
Savoie (-70); 6. LE Tonglet IV (-126); 7. Cory Reed (-145); 8.
Hector Arana (-182); 9. Matt Smith (-191); 10. Hector Arana Jr.
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