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[August 24, 2017]
The Sports Xchange
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES: The series is off this weekend. It
returns to action Sept. 1-3 at Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles'
THIS WEEK: This will be the final weekend off of the season for the
NASCAR Cup Series. Two races (Darlington and Richmond) remain in the
26-race regular season, followed by the 10-race NASCAR Cup playoffs.
... Kyle Busch swept all three races in this past week's racing
action at Bristol Motor Speedway, earning wins in the Camping World
Truck Series, Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series events there. ...
Martin Truex Jr. (951 points) continues to lead the NASCAR Cup
standings after Bristol. Busch moved into second (850), followed by
Kyle Larson (845), Kevin Harvick (824), Denny Hamlin (753), Brad
Keselowski (728), Chase Elliott (711), Matt Kenseth (703), Jamie
McMurray (700) and Clint Bowyer (642). ... As far as the playoff
standings, 13 drivers have qualified for the 16-driver NASCAR Cup
playoffs with three drivers above the current qualifying cut-off
line: Elliott (69 points above), Kenseth (61) and McMurray (58).
Below the cut-off line, Bowyer took a big hit, dropping from 31
points back to 58 back. Joey Logano dropped to 117 points below the
line, while Erik Jones climbed slightly to -126.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: JOHNSONVILLE 180 (45 laps, 182.16 miles
around a 4.048-mile road course), Road America; Elkhart Lake, Wis.
TV: Sunday, 3 p.m. ET -- NBC (Radio: Performance Racing Network
/SiriusXM Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: This will be the eighth Xfinity Series race at Road
America. ... There have been no repeat winners in the first seven
races: Carl Edwards (2010), Reed Sorenson (2011), Nelson Piquet Jr.
(2012), A.J. Allmendinger (2013), Brendan Gaughan (2014), Paul
Menard (2015) and Michael McDowell (2016). ... Busch won this past
weekend's race at Bristol, one of three races he won there last
week. ... Elliott Sadler (807 points) can clinch a playoff berth
this weekend. He continues to lead the Xfinity standings, followed
by William Byron (697), Justin Allgaier (671), Brennan Poole (621),
Daniel Hemric (601), Cole Custer (533), Matt Tifft (514), Ryan Reed
(458), Blake Koch (454) and Dakoda Armstrong (444).
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES: The series is off this weekend.
The next race is the Chevrolet Silverado 250, Sept. 3, at Canadian
Tire Motorsport Park.
THIS WEEK: Busch won the most recent Truck race, at Bristol Motor
Speedway, on Aug. 17. He would go on to sweep the entire three races
at BMS, including Xfinity and NASCAR Cup. ... Christopher Bell leads
the point standings (615 points), followed by Johnny Sauter (573),
Matt Crafton (562), Chase Briscoe (534), Ben Rhodes (469), Ryan
Truex (452), Grant Enfinger (443), John Hunter Nemechek (439), Noah
Gragson (418) and Austin Cindric (397).
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VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES: BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP
500, (ABC SUPPLY 500 (248 laps, 310, 500 kilometers on a 1.25-mile
oval), Gateway Motorsports Park; Madison, Ill.
TV: Saturday, 8:30 p.m. ET -- NBC (Radio: IndyCar Radio Network).
THIS WEEK: This will mark the return of IndyCar
racing to Gateway. There were three prior races there from
2001-2003. ... Will Power won this past weekend's race at Pocono,
followed by Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi. It was Power's
second win of the season. ... After the race at Gateway, only two
races remain on the schedule: Watkins Glen (Sept. 3) and the likely
championship-deciding event at Sonoma (Sept. 17). ... Winners of the
first 14 races have been Sebastien Bourdais (St. Petersburg), James
Hinchcliffe (Long Beach), Newgarden (Alabama, Toronto, Mid-Ohio)
Simon Pagenaud (Phoenix), Power (IndyCar Grand Prix), Takuma Sato
(Indy 500), Graham Rahal (both Belle Isle races), Power (Texas,
Pocono), Scott Dixon (Road America) and Helio Castroneves (Iowa).
... Newgarden (494 points) is No. 1 in the IndyCar standings,
followed by Scott Dixon (476), Helio Castroneves (472 points),
Pagenaud (468), Power (452), Rahal (418), Sato (399), Alexander
Rossi (394), Tony Kanaan (351) and Hinchcliffe (327).
NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION, MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES: The
series is off this weekend. The next race is the Chevrolet
Performance U.S. Nationals, Aug. 30-Sept. 4, at Lucas Oil Raceway;
THIS WEEK: At this past weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at
Brainerd (Minnesota) International Raceway, the winners were Leah
Pritchett (fourth Top Fuel win of the year), Alexis DeJoria (first
Funny Car win of the year), Tanner Gray (fourth Pro Stock win of
2017) and Jerry Savoie (first Pro Stock Motorcycle triumph of 2017).
... Points leaders after Brainerd: Top Fuel -- Antron Brown (1,513),
Steve Torrence (1,482), Pritchett (1,453), Tony Schumacher (1,121)
and Brittany Force (1,052); Funny Car -- Ron Capps (1,383), Robert
Hight (1,247), Matt Hagan (1,214), Tommy Johnson Jr. (1,180) and
Jack Beckman (1,160); Pro Stock -- Bo Butner (1,526), Tanner Gray
(1,300), Greg Anderson (1,263), Jason Line (1,123) and Drew Skillman
(1,089); Pro Stock Motorcycle -- L.E. Tonglet (874), Eddie Krawiec
(690), Jerry Savoie (655), Hector Arana Jr. (632) and Matt Smith
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