Pre-Weekend Quick Takes

Spencer Neff

Twitter: @NeffOnSports11

Here’s a look at some of your headlines for this weekend in motorsports.

1. NASCAR returns to Pocono with the Cup and Truck Series. One thing to keep an eye on is turn two, known as the tunnel turn. In June, many drivers lamented the bumps in the turn. Now the area has been paved and should be smoother. As far as drivers to watch, Kyle Busch tops the list. Busch has won three straight races and is close to breaking into the top 30 in points. Although Busch has not won at Pocono, he did win at Indianapolis last week, a track that shares some traits with Pocono in regard to length and banking.

2. IndyCar storms into its last month this weekend as they head to Mid-Ohio. Points leader Juan Pablo Montoya’s early exit and Graham Rahal’s top five has shrunk the former’s lead to 42, with three-time champion Scott Dixon not far behind. Dixon has been dominant at Mid-Ohio, so the points race could get even closer heading into the final two races.

3. The second leg of the NHRA’s Western Swing is this weekend, with the series in Sonoma. Several drivers are looking to break in and score a Wally, like Steve Torrence did in Top Fuel at Denver last week. Others like Denver Funny Car winner Jack Beckman are trying to close in on the points leader. The fight leading up to Labor Day in Indianapolis and the end of the regular season will be worth watching in all classes.

Have a great weekend and see you soon.


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