Camping World Truck Series:
Wednesday 7/20, 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic, Eldora Speedway, 8pm, MRN
Saturday, 7/23, Lilly Diabetes 250, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 3pm, PRN
Sprint Cup Series:
Sunday, 7/24, Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 2:30pm, PRN
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NEXT STOP … INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY … for Sunday’s Crown Royal 400 at The Brickyard, the twentieth round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season. All eyes will be on the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 which will be driven by Jeff Gordon, who comes out of retirement to fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. who is still dealing with concussion symptoms that forced him to sit out last week at New Hampshire. Sunday will also mark the last start at the Indiana track for Columbus, Indiana native Tony Stewart, who will retire at the end of the season. Stewart is a two-time winner at the speedway and is coming off back to back top-five finishes the last two weeks. The new driver of the No. 24 car, rookie Chase Elliott will look to rebound after three finishes outside the top thirty at a track that saw the No. 24 go to victory lane five times.
THE NASCAR X-FINITY SERIES … also visits the famed Indy oval this weekend for Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250. Saturday’s race will be the final Dash 4 Cash race of the season offering four drivers the opportunity to win a one-hundred-thousand dollar bonus. For Ty Dillon it also is an opportunity to lock himself into the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase should he win the Dash 4 Cash by virtue of winning the bonus at Richmond. Winning the race would also snap a sixty-four race winless streak stringing back to his first series victory at Indianapolis in 2014. He will be up against tough competition, not only from the series regulars but also six Sprint Cup Series drivers who will be pulling double duty. Those drivers are Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, Matt DiBenedetto and Kyle Busch, who was able to sweep the weekend last year.
THE CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES … has the weekend off after running two nights ago at Eldora Speedway. Next stop will be Long Pond, Pennsylvania, for the July 30th Pocono Mountains 150. Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” – will have live coverage, beginning at 12:30 p.m. (ET).
► Despite finishing only thirty-fourth last weekend in New Hampshire, Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports holds a forty-eight-point lead over Ryan Blaney in the Sunoco Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year standings. Brian Scott remains third in the rookie standings, a single point ahead of fourth-place Chris Buescher. Jeffrey Earnhardt completes the top five.
► In the X-FINITY Series rookie chase, Erik Jones of Joe Gibbs Racing holds a commanding sixty-six-point lead over Brennan Poole with the 2016 season at its mid-point. Brandon Jones, Ryan Preece and Garrett Smithley make up the rest of the top five.
► With the Camping World Truck Series schedule nearing its halfway mark, William Byron of Kyle Busch Motorsports enjoyed a twenty-point lead over Christopher Bell in the rookie standings. Ben Rhodes held third place, thirty-three points off the pace, with Cole Custer and Rico Abreu (A-brew) completing the top five.
HEAT TO PLAY A FACTOR Extreme heat is expected this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with temperatures running in the nineties and high humidity. If the temps do reach above ninety, it will be just the third time in fifteen years. In preparation, the speedway has installed eighty five fan misters and increased the number of ambulances and first aid stations around the property. 2015 saw heat play a factor with the NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers as high drag package prevented heat from escaping the car. Although the package is no longer used, the heat could still play a factor this weekend benefiting drivers like Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards who are among the fittest in the garage.
XFINITY CHASE BUBBLE The points between 12th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings and 15th have closed from 44 points after Kentucky to 29 following New Hampshire, raising the intensity around the Chase bubble. Blake Koch currently holds the final spot in the XFINITY Series Chase, 12th place in points, just ahead of 13th-place Ross Chastain (-13), 14th-place Jeremy Clements (-18) and 15th-place Dakoda Armstrong (-29).
TRACK INFORMATION: Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Central Indiana is a two-point-five-mile oval with nine degrees of banking in the turns and flat straightaways. The length of both the frontstretch and backstretch is thirty-three hundred feet. Grandstand seating capacity is 250,000-plus.
5th RUNNING OF THE LILLY DIABETES 250 X-FINITY SERIES RACE
AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY … Saturday, 3:45 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: Kyle Busch stalked race leader Ryan Blaney on the final lap and when Blaney wiggled coming off Turn-2, Busch took advantage of the opening and drove away to his second win of the season. The margin of victory over Blaney was nearly a half-second as Busch notched his seventy-second career win, extending the series record he already owned. Rookie Daniel Suarez finished third with Paul Menard and Elliott Sadler completing the top five. With Busch’s victory, Sprint Cup Series regulars had won four straight and thirteen of the eighteen X-FINITY Series races contested to that point of the season. Busch started from the pole and led a race-high fifty-three laps. It was his second win in three years on the famed two-point-five-mile Indy oval … The race kicked off the second half of the 2015 schedule and was the second round of the “Dash for Cash” promotion. Eighth-place Regan Smith was the highest-finishing eligible driver, collecting a one hundred thousand-dollar bonus and qualifying for the next round the following month at Bristol – along with Blaney, Suarez and Sadler.
Friday’s Practice Schedule: From 12 to 1:25 p.m. and 3 to 3:55 p.m. (ET) … Qualifying: Saturday at 11:40 a.m. (ET).
23rd RUNNING OF THE CROWN ROYAL 400 SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE
AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY … Sunday, 3:15 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: Kyle Busch drove away from Joey Logano on the final restart and was not seriously challenged over the final two laps, extending his winning streak to three races and snapping Chevrolet’s twelve-year string of victories at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Busch started ninth in the Number-18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and led three times for nineteen laps. His margin of victory over Logano was three-tenths of a second with Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Junior and Denny Hamlin … one of Busch’s J-G-R teammates … completing the top five. The win helped Busch sustain his rapid mid-season march toward a post-season berth. After missing eleven races while recovering from injuries suffered during Speedweeks in February and then struggling with inconsistency in the first month back, Busch won four of five starts and climbed to thirty-second place in the standings … Pole sitter Carl Edwards, another one of Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, led only twenty laps and finished thirteenth … Busch’s victory was Toyota’s first Cup Series win at Indianapolis and gave the driver a weekend sweep at “The Brickyard.” He also won the X-FINITY Series race the day before.
Track Position at Indy: Thirteen of the twenty-two Sprint Cup Series races run have been won from a starting position of seventh or better. Three winners have come from a starting position of twentieth or worse … Winning From the Pole in Indy: Just three of twenty-two Cup Series races have been won from the pole position – by Harvick in 2003, Jimmie Johnson in 2008 and Ryan Newman in 2013 … Track Qualifying Record: Harvick (Chevrolet) … 188.889 miles per hour … 47.647 seconds … July 2014 … Track Record, Race Speed: Bobby Labonte (Pontiac) … 155.912 mph … 2 hours, 33 minutes, 56 seconds … August 2000 … Friday’s Practice Schedule: From 1:30 to 2:55 p.m. and 4 to 5:25 p.m. (ET) … Qualifying: Saturday at 1:45 p.m. (ET).
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Sunday, 7/31, Pennsylvania 400, Pocono Raceway, 12:30pm, MRN
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, 7/30, US Cellular 250, Iowa Speedway, 7:30pm, MRN
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
Saturday, 7/30, Pocono Mountains 150, Pocono Raceway, 12:30pm, MRN
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