Pre-Weekend Quick Takes

Spencer Neff

Hope everyone had a great. Here are some things to watch for in motorsports this weekend.

1. NASCAR returns to the road course in upstate New York at Watkins Glen. For some drivers, this may be there best and final chance left to win a race and secure a spot in the Chase. Drivers like Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and defending race winner AJ Allmendinger are looking for their first win of 2015. Gordon was fastest in Friday Morning’s practice and Allmendinger won pole at Sonoma in June, so a 12th different winner may emerge on Sunday.

2. The third and final leg of the NHRA’s Western Swing takes place in Seattle this weekend. Funny Car driver Jack Beckman is the lone driver with a chance to sweep the swing (Eddie Kraweic won at Denver and Sonoma, but Pro Stock Motorcycle has the weekend off). Beckman has taken out more than 100 points of teammate Matt Hagan’s lead and is just 57 back. Beckman has a shot at history and if he can keep it up past the countdown, a shot at another title.

3. Before last week’s race in Mid-Ohio IndyCar President Derrick Walker announced he would leave his position at the end of the season. Walker’s announcement comes just about a month before the August 30 finale in Sonoma. Walker is the latest of a number executives in the sport to leave over the past handful of years.

Despite the stellar on-track racing, IndyCar has been severely hampered by a revolving door at the top. Those who seem to be doing good for the series have left with great frequency and some have even cited frustrations with IndyCar ownership. With great racing and a loyal following, IndyCar’s biggest obstacle has been its management. Many around the sport hope that those issues can be quelled fast.

Have a great weekend and see you soon.


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