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[June 29, 2017]
The Sports Xchange
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES: COKE
ZERO 400 (160 laps, 400 miles on a 2.5-mile tri-oval), Daytona
International Speedway; Daytona Beach, Fla.
TV: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET -- NBC (Radio: Motor Racing
Network/SiriusXM Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: This will be the 141st NASCAR Cup race held at its most
famous race track. ... It will also be the final Cup race at Daytona
for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is retiring at the end of this season
... NBC Sports will televise the final 20 races of the season; FOX
completed its 16-race part of the broadcast schedule this past
Sunday at Sonoma. ... Kevin Harvick won at Sonoma for the first time
in his career and the first time in 2017 this past Sunday. ... Brad
Keselowski is the defending winner of last summer's Coke Zero 400.
Kurt Busch won this year's season-opening Daytona 500. ... Chase
Elliott announced earlier this week that he has signed a contract
extension through 2022 with Hendrick Motorsports. ... Kyle Larson
remains atop the NASCAR Cup standings (659 points). Martin Truex Jr.
is second (646 points), followed by Harvick (548), Kyle Busch (542),
Keselowski (519), Chase Elliott (509), Jimmie Johnson (483), Jamie
McMurray (477), Denny Hamlin (476) and Joey Logano (434).
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: COCA-COLA FIRECRACKER 250, (100 laps, 250
miles around a 2.5-mile tri-oval), Daytona International Speedway;
Daytona Beach, Fla.
TV: Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET -- NBCSN (Radio: Motor Racing
Network/SiriusXM Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: This will be the 52nd Xfinity Series race at Daytona. ...
Aric Almirola won this race last year. Ryan Reed won this year's
season-opening Xfinity race at Daytona. ... William Byron earned his
first career Xfinity Series win this past weekend at Iowa Speedway.
... Elliott Sadler (502 points) remains No. 1 in the Xfinity driver
rankings. Justin Allgaier is second (477 points), followed by Byron
(445), Daniel Hemric (356), Reed (347), Brennan Poole (336), Cole
Custer (322), Darrell Wallace Jr. (321) and Matt Tifft (310).
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES: The series is off this weekend.
The next race is July 6 at Kentucky Speedway.
THIS WEEK: This will be the 11th Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway.
... Byron won this race last year. ... John Hunter Nemechek won last
weekend at Iowa, making it two wins in a row for the son of veteran
NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek. The younger Nemechek is one of only two
drivers with multiple wins this season. Christopher Bell also has
two Truck Series wins in 2017. ... Johnny Sauter (433) remains No. 1
in the point standings, followed by Bell (391), Chase Briscoe (357),
Matt Crafton (338), Ben Rhodes (310), Grant Enfinger (300), Ryan
Truex (292), Nemechek (280), Noah Gragson (255) and Kaz Grala (247).
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VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES: The series is off this
weekend. The next race July 9, the Iowa Corn 300, at Iowa Speedway.
THIS WEEK: Scott Dixon won his first race of 2017 in this past
Sunday's Kohler Grand Prix at Road America. Josef Newgarden was
second, followed by Helio Castroneves. It was IndyCar's second race
at Road America, in Elkart Lake, Wis. ... Winners of the first 10
races have been Sebastien Bourdais (St. Petersburg), James
Hinchcliffe (Long Beach), Newgarden (Alabama) Simon Pagenaud
(Phoenix), Will Power (IndyCar Grand Prix), Takuma Sato (Indy 500),
Graham Rahal (both Belle Isle races), Power (Texas) and Dixon (Road
America). ... Dixon (379 points) remains No. 1 in the IndyCar
standings, followed by Pagenaud (345 points), Castroneves (342),
Sato (323), Newgarden (318), Power (316), Rahal (307), Tony Kanaan
(273), Alexander Rossi (271) and Ed Jones (254).
NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION, MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES: There
is no race this weekend. The next national event will be start of
the second half of the 2017 season with the NHRA Route 66 Nationals,
July 6-9, at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.
THIS WEEK: The NHRA reached the midpoint (12th race) of the 24-race
season at this past weekend's Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in
Norwalk, Ohio. ... Winners of the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals
were Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Bo Butner
(Pro Stock) and L.E. Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle). It was
Torrence's fourth win (a career-best single-season mark) in the
first 12 races, the third win of the season for both Butner and
Tonglet, and Beckman's second win of 2017. ... Points leaders: Top
Fuel -- Torrence (1,071), Leah Pritchett (1,021), Antron Brown
(990), Tony Schumacher (856) and Doug Kalitta (781); Funny Car --
Ron Capps (1,095), Matt Hagan (946), Jack Beckman (855), Robert
Hight (809) and Tommy Johnson Jr. (739); Pro Stock -- Bo Butner
(1,067), Greg Anderson (941), Tanner Gray (887), Jeg Coughlin (820),
Jason Line (781); Pro Stock Motorcycle -- L.E. Tonglet (480), Eddie
Krawiec (389), Scotty Pollacheck (325), Jerry Savoie (322) and
Andrew Hines (317).
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