Pre-Weekend Quick Takes

Spencer Neff


Thank You for reading. Here are the top stories for the weekend in racing.

  1. Friday’s NASCAR action from Dover was wiped out due to rain and the field was set by points. This will make it even tougher on defending Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick. After finishing 42nd at Chicagoland and running out of fuel late at New Hampshire, Harvick is 23 points away from transferring to the next round and will likely have to win in order to advance.

Also worth noting is the expanded restart zone, which will now be 140 feet rather than 70. The expanded area will be worth watching as it will impact not only the race, but potentially the championship.

2. NHRA has their third race in as many weeks at Maple Grove on Sunday. As with NASCAR, today’s qualifying was rained, moving things to Saturday. If the weather clears up, look for drivers like Tony Schumacher and Jack Beckman to aim for national records as they look to reclaim the points lead in Top Fuel and Funny Car.

3. The NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series will be in Dover and Las Vegas this weekend. Chris Buescher will be looking for the season sweep and to extend his points lead. In Las Vegas, Erik Jones will be looking to extend his seven-point lead over Matt Crafton. With no Cup drivers in the field, do not be surprised if the race comes down to Jones and Crafton, especially considering how well the two have run on the intermediate tracks this year.

Have a great weekend and see you soon.


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