Camping World Truck Series:
Saturday 7/30, Pocono Mountains 150, Pocono Raceway, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 7/30, U.S. Cellular 250, Iowa Speedway, 7:30pm, MRN
Sprint Cup Series:
Sunday, 7/31, Pennsylvania 400, Pocono Raceway, 12:30pm, MRN
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NASCAR News (courtesy of John Singlar, MRN Radio)
X-FINITY SERIES RACE TO THE CHASE ROLLS ON
The 2016 season marks the first time the elimination-style “Chase” format that’s been used by the Sprint Cup Series the past two seasons will also be implemented in the NASCAR X-FINITY Series. Twelve drivers will qualify and if the post-season began today, the field would consist of rookies Erik Jones, Brandon Jones (no relation) and Brennan Poole … Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suarez, Ty Dillon, Justin Allgaier, Brendan Gaughan, Darrell Wallace Junior, Ryan Reed, Ryan Sieg and Blake Koch … who leads Ross Chastain by nineteen points in the fight for the final “playoff” spot with eight races remaining in the regular season. The post-season Chase will begin September 24th in Sparta, Kentucky … Next stop for the X-FINITY Series will be Saturday night’s U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. Suarez leads the standings by fourteen points over second-place Sadler with Dillon, Allgaier and Erik Jones completing the top five … Ryan Blaney won last year’s race in Iowa but is not entered this time around. Brad Keselowski is scheduled to drive the Number-22 Team Penske Ford.
SPRINT CUP SERIES POWER RANKINGS
Kyle Busch has climbed back to the top of the Motor Racing Network Power Rankings following his fourth victory of the season, last weekend at Indianapolis. Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Junior and Brad Keselowski make up the rest of this week’s top five. (For a complete list, visit http://bit.ly/2afrw6y).
► Kyle Busch drives the Number-18 Skittles Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. His crew chief at Joe Gibbs Racing is Adam Stevens.
► Busch (Las Vegas, Nevada) is coming off an amazing weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during which he led 231 of the 253 laps possible in winning both the Sprint Cup and X-FINITY Series races.
► He had a notable month of May this year, making his four hundredth Sprint Cup Series start – at Talladega Superspeedway – and the next day celebrating his 31st birthday.
► Busch was named Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year in 2005, when he posted two wins and finished twentieth in the championship standings.
► This is now his thirteenth season in the Sprint Cup Series and his ninth with Joe Gibbs Racing. Sunday’s win at “The Brickyard” was Busch’s thirty-eighth. His eighty-four victories in the X-FINITY Series are a NASCAR record.
► Busch entered the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as the Number-2 seed behind Jimmie Johnson and claimed his first championship with a victory in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Brad Keselowski crashed during Sprint Cup testing Tuesday at Watkins Glen International, with Team Penske suffering extensive damage to its No. 2 Ford. The incident took place going into Turn-1 of the two-and-a-half-mile road course. Keselowski, who was not injured, said he lost his brakes entering the corner coming off the long downhill frontstretch. He's among sixteen drivers testing the track's new pavement before the August 7th Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. Keselowski will run a backup car today as the test concludes … The list of participating drivers includes Indy winner Kyle Busch, Matt DiBenedetto (celebrating his 25th birthday today) and Rookie of the Year front-runner Chase Elliott.
ON THIS DATE … 30 YEARS AGO
July 27th, 1986: The fastest field in NASCAR history ran the five hundred-mile race at Talladega Superspeedway. The entire forty-car field qualified at more than two hundred miles per hour. Bobby Hillin Junior won the race, scoring his first – and only – career victory. He finished three car lengths ahead of runner-up Tim Richmond. Ricky Rudd came in third followed by Sterling Marlin and Benny Parsons. Hillin, at age 22, became the third-youngest driver ever to win a Cup Series race.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Sunday, 8/7, Cheeze-It 355 at the Glen, Watkins Glen International, 1pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/20, Irwin Tools Night Race 500, Bristol Motor Speedway, 6:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 8/28, Pure Michigan 400, Michigan International Speedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/4, Bojangles Southern 500, Darlington Raceway, 6pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/10, Federated Auto Parts 400, Richmond International Raceway, 6:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/18, myAFibRisk.com 400, Chicagoland Speedway, 4:15pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/25, Sylvania 300, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1pm, PRN
Sunday, 10/2, AAA 400, Dover International Speedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/8, Bank of America 500, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 6pm, PRN
Sunday, 10/16, Hollywood Casino 400, Kansas Speedway, 1pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/23, Alabama 500, Talladega Superspeedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/30, Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, Martinsville Speedway, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 11/6, AAA Texas 500, Texas Motor Speedway, 1pm, PRN
Sunday, 11/13, Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500, Phoenix International Raceway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 11/20, Ford EcoBoost 400, Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2pm, MRN
NASCAR X-Finity Series
Saturday, 8/6, Zippo 200 at the Glen, Watkins-Glen International, 2:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/13, Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/27, Road America 180 fired up by Johnsonville, Road America, 2:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/3, VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200, Darlington Raceway, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/17, Furious 7 300, Chicagoland Speedway, 5:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/24, Visit Myrtle Beach.com 300 Nationwide, Kentucky Speedway, 7:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 10/1, Hisense 200, Dover International Speedway, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/15, Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, 3:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 11/5, O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Texas Motor Speedway, 3pm, PRN
Saturday, 11/12, Phoenix 200, Phoenix International Raceway, 3:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 11/19, Ford EcoBoost 300, Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2:15pm, MRN
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Wednesday, 8/17, UNOH 200 presented by Zloop, Bristol Motor Speedway, 8pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/4, Chevrolet Silverado 250, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, 1pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/24, UNOH 175, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/1, Rhino Linings 350, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 9:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/22, Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola, Talladega Superspeedway, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/29, Kroger 200, Martinsville Speedway, 1pm, MRN
Indy Car Series
Sunday, 8/21, Pocono, Pocono Raceway, 3pm IMS