Auto Racing Glance

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES: DRYDENE 400 (400 laps, 400 miles around a 1-mile D-shaped oval), Dover International Speedway; Dover, Del.

TV: Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 2:46 p.m. ET) — NBCSN (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).

THIS WEEK: The series goes to back to left turns only this week after Chase Elliott won last week on the Charlotte “roval,” advancing to the Round of 12 as the first round of the playoffs came to an end. … Aric Almirola, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and Erik Jones were eliminated, so they’re only racing for pride the rest of the way. … This will be the 100th race at Dover since the first one in 1969. The concrete track — aka “The Monster Mile” — is hard on drivers and cars that make a mistake and those around them, often collecting them in huge pileups at the bottom of the steeply-banked track. … This is the 30th of 36 races on the season. … Elliott won this race last year, with Martin Truex Jr. winning in the spring. … This is the first of three races in the Round of 12, with the series heading to Talladega next week and Kansas the following one, where four more drivers will be eliminated from playoff contention. … The only sure way to advance to the Round of 8 is a win in the next three races. … Kyle Busch (3,046 points) leads the standings, followed by Truex (3,041), Denny Hamlin (3,030), Joey Logano (3,029), Kevin Harvick (3,028), Chase Elliott (3,024), Brad Keselowski (3,024), Kyle Larson (3,006), Alex Bowman (3,005), Ryan Blaney (3,004), William Byron (3,001) and Clint Bowyer (3,000) comprising the playoff field.

BEST BETS: Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. are the favorites at 4/1, followed by Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson at 6/1. Chase Elliott is alone at 7/1 with Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin at 12/1 and Joey Logano at 14/1. Clint Bowyer is a good value at 30/1 and Aric Almirola a worthy longshot at 100/1.

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NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: DRIVE SOBER 200 (200 laps, 200 miles around a 1-mile D-shaped oval), Dover International Speedway; Dover, Del.

TV: Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 3:15 p.m. ET) — NBCSN (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).

THIS WEEK: It’s the final race of the first round of the playoffs, and Dover is not an easy trip for the series, making inexperienced drivers look just that at times. … This will be the 72nd race at Dover, with Christopher Bell winning this race last year and then winning the spring race this season. … After Dover, the series resets for its Round of 8, starting in two weeks at Kansas. … This is the 29th of 33 races on the season. … Former full-time Cup driver AJ Allmendinger won last week at the Charlotte “roval,” but he is not in the playoffs. … *Bell leads the standings (2,143), followed by Cole Custer (2,133), Tyler Reddick (2,114), Austin Cindric (2,112), Justin Allgaier (2,102), Chase Briscoe (2,097), Noah Gragson (2,088), Michael Annett (2,073), Brandon Jones (2,062), John Hunter Nemechek (2,062), Ryan Sieg (2,036) and Justin Haley (2,034) filling up the 12 playoff spots.

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THIS WEEK: It’s the last of three weeks off for the Trucks after 19 of 23 races, with Austin Hill winning two weeks ago at Las Vegas. The Round of 6 kicks off Oct. 12 at Talladega, then heads to Martinsville and finally Phoenix to set the final four for Homestead-Miami. … Brett Moffitt leads the standings (3,034 points), followed by Hill (3,017), Ross Chastain (3,016), Stewart Friesen (3,014), Matt Crafton (3,011) and Tyler Ankrum (3,005).

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THIS WEEK: The 2020 season kicks off March 15 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida, for the first of 17 races.


THIS WEEK: The series comes off the Russian Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton tightening his grip on an almost-guaranteed sixth world title with his ninth victory of the season, this one by nearly four seconds. … Great Britain’s Hamilton leads the standings with 322 points in his Mercedes, with Finland’s Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, second (249), followed by Monaco’s Charles Leclerc, Ferrari (215), Belgium’s Max Verstappen, Red Bull (212) and Germany’s Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari (194).


THIS WEEK: The hot rods to take a week off after competing in the Midwest Nationals in Madison, Ill., last week. … Winners at Madison were Steve Torrence in Top Fuel, Robert Hight in Funny Car, Tanner Gray in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle. … Doug Kalitta leads the Top Fuel standings (2,232 points), followed by Torrence (2,230), Mike Salinas (2,191), Brittany Force (2,184), Leah Pritchett (2,170), Antron Brown (2,159), Richie Crampton (2,159), Austin Prock (2,153), Billy Torrence (2,152) and Clay Millican (2,125). … Hight leads Funny Car (2,235), followed by John Force (2,222), Jack Beckman (2,211), Ron Capps (2,191), J.R. Todd (2,182), Bob Tasca III (2,156), Shawn Langdon (2,155), Tommy Johnson Jr. (2,138), Matt Hagan (2,132) and Tim Wilkerson (2,109). … Jason Line is on top in Pro Stock (2,254), followed by Erica Enders (2,243), Bo Butner (2,232), Matt Hartford (2,197), Alex Laughlin (2,171), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (2,160), Greg Anderson (2,147), Deric Kramer (2,132), Chris McGaha (2,113) and Val Smeland (2,062). … Hines lead Pro Stock Motorcycle (2,266), followed by Karen Stoffer (2,232), Eddie Krawiec (2,215), Matt Smith (2,205), Jerry Savoie (2,200), Hector Arana Jr. (2,169), Angelle Sampey (2,136), Angie Smith (2,116), Ryan Oehler (2,075) and Hector Arana (2,064).

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