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[August 03, 2017]
The Sports Xchange
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES: I
LOVE NEW YORK 355 (90 laps, 220.5 miles on a 2.450-mile road
course), Watkins Glen International; Watkins Glen, N.Y.
TV: Sunday, 3 p.m. ET -- NBCSN (Radio: Motor Racing Network/SiriusXM
THIS WEEK: This will be the 35th NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen.
The first race was in 1957 and was won by Buck Baker. ... Denny
Hamlin won this race last year. ... Kyle Busch broke a 36-race
winless streak that dated back to the 2016 Brickyard 400 when he won
this past Sunday's Overton's 400 at Pocono Raceway. Busch is now one
of 13 drivers qualified for the upcoming 16-driver NASCAR Cup
playoffs. ... Martin Truex Jr. (823 points) continues to lead the
NASCAR Cup standings after Pocono. Kyle Larson is second (738),
followed by Kevin Harvick (726), Busch (723), Brad Keselowski (649),
Hamlin (649), Chase Elliott (616), Jamie McMurray (615), Matt
Kenseth (594) and Clint Bowyer (577).
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: ZIPPO 200 AT THE GLEN (82 laps, 200.9 miles
around a 2.450-mile road course), Watkins Glen International;
Watkins Glen, N.Y.
TV: Saturday, 2 p.m. ET -- NBCSN (Radio: Motor Racing Network
/SiriusXM Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: This will be the 24th Xfinity Series race at Watkins
Glen. ... Joey Logano has won the last two Xfinity races there. ...
Ryan Preece dominated last Saturday's race at Iowa Speedway to earn
his first career Xfinity Series win. ... Elliott Sadler (707 points)
remains No. 1 in the Xfinity driver rankings. William Byron remains
second (653), followed by Justin Allgaier (564), Brennan Poole
(518), Daniel Hemric (488), Cole Custer (474), Matt Tifft (436),
Ryan Reed (424), Dakoda Armstrong (388) and Blake Koch (374).
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES: The series is off this weekend.
It resumes on Aug. 12, with the LTI Printing 200 at Michigan
THIS WEEK: Christopher Bell won the most recent Truck Series race,
held last Saturday at Pocono Raceway. It was Bell's fourth win,
eighth top-5 and 11th top-10 finish in 12 Truck Series starts this
season. ... With his win at Pocono, Bell took over the points lead
(528 points) in the Truck Series, overtaking previous points leader
Johnny Sauter (510). Third through 10th are Chase Briscoe (470),
Matt Crafton (464), John Hunter Nemechek (396), Ben Rhodes (387),
Ryan Truex (386), Grant Enfinger (382), Noah Gragson (345) and
Austin Cindric (324).
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES: The series is off this weekend and next
weekend. The next race is the ABC Supply 500, Aug. 20, at Pocono
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THIS WEEK: Josef Newgarden won this past Sunday's Honda Indy 200 at
Mid-Ohio Sports Car course. It was Newgarden's second win in a row
(he also won two weeks earlier at Toronto) and his third overall win
in his first season with Team Penske, which has now won seven of the
first 13 IndyCar races, with four races remaining on the schedule.
... Rumors began over the weekend at Mid-Ohio that Helio Castroneves
may not be back in an IndyCar for Team Penske next season, even if
he were to win this season's championship. However, even if
Castroneves does not race for Penske in IndyCar next season, he'll
likely remain with the team and shift over to sports car racing for
the team with Juan Pablo Montoya. ... Winners of the first 13 races
have been Sebastien Bourdais (St. Petersburg), James Hinchcliffe
(Long Beach), Newgarden (Alabama, Toronto, Mid-Ohio) Simon Pagenaud
(Phoenix), Will Power (IndyCar Grand Prix), Takuma Sato (Indy 500),
Graham Rahal (both Belle Isle races), Power (Texas), Scott Dixon
(Road America) and Castroneves (Iowa). ... Dixon (423 points)
remains No. 1 in the IndyCar standings, followed by Castroneves (420
points), Pagenaud (404), Newgarden (400), Power (359), Rahal (359),
Takuma Sato (351), Alexander Rossi (330), Tony Kanaan (306) and
Hinchcliffe (297). ... With his win at Mid-Ohio, Newgarden jumped
into the lead in the IndyCar points standings. He has 453 points,
seven points ahead of Castroneves (446 points). Third through 10th
are Dixon (445 points), Pagenaud (436), Power (401), Rahal (395),
TSato (381), Rossi (358), Kanaan (320) and Hinchcliffe (316).
NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION, MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING
SERIES: NORTHWEST NATIONALS, Pacific Raceways; Kent, Wash.
TV: Sunday, Fox Sports, live from 4 to 7 pm ET.
THIS WEEK: This is the final round of the three-week "West Coast
Swing" for the NHRA. ... Winners at last weekend's Toyota NHRA
Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., were Steve
Torrence (Top Fuel), J.R. Todd (Funny Car), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock)
and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle). ... Points leaders: Top Fuel
-- S Torrence (1,369), Antron Brown (1,294) Leah Pritchett (1,250),
Tony Schumacher (1,008) and Brittany Force (935); Funny Car -- Ron
Capps (1,276), Matt Hagan (1,093), Jack Beckman (1,049), Robert
Hight (1,035) and Tommy Johnson Jr. (982); Pro Stock -- Bo Butner
(1,341), Greg Anderson (1,150), Gray (1,091), Jason Line (988) and
Jeg Coughlin Jr. (940); Pro Stock Motorcycle -- L.E. Tonglet (780),
Eddie Krawiec (636), Hector Arana Jr. (567), Jerry Savoie (535) and
Matt Smith (499).
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