Pre-Weekend Quick Takes

Spencer Neff

Hope everyone had a great week. Here are the weekend’s top racing headlines.

1. The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Truck Series return to Michigan this weekend. One element of Sunday’s Cup Series race worth noting is the aero package. Like Indianapolis, Michigan will feature a high-drag package. At Indianapolis, several drivers voiced frustration with their inability to pass. Although Michigan does feature a different layout, the concern over a lack of passing throughout Sunday’s race does remain. Whether those concerns will be validated, we will not find out until this weekend.

2. The NASCAR Xfinity Series will be in Mid-Ohio. This is the second of three races in four weeks on road courses. The race presents an opportunity for last year’s Mid-Ohio winner Chris Buescher to extend his points lead, particularly without any Cup drivers to compete against. Buescher will however have to contend with road course aces like Boris Said and Alex Tagliani, and Xfinity Series regulars like Ty Dillon and Brian Scott.

3. The NASCAR world lost a legend earlier this week. Buddy Baker passed away after a battle with lung cancer. Baker won 19 races, including the 1980 Daytona 500. He was also the first person to go over 200 MPH on a closed course. Younger fans like me will remember Baker as a broadcaster with CBS and TNN. Baker’s legacy will be that of a great driver and an even greater person off the track.

Have a great weekend and see you soon.


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