Auto Racing Glance for the weekend of July 12-14.
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES: QUAKER STATE 400 (267 laps, 400.5 miles around a 1.5-mile D-shaped oval), Kentucky Speedway; Sparta, Ken.
TV: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 7:46 p.m. ET) - NBCSN (Radio: Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: After the rain-delayed and then rain-shortened race at Daytona, the series heads to Kentucky Speedway and a race that looks like a lot of others every season coming on 1.5-mile D-shaped oval. But there's been some good racing on the mile-and-a-halfs this season and Saturday night's race is important to the teams as they get settled into the stretch run of the regular season. ... This will be the ninth race at Kentucky with the track first hosting the big series in 2011. The track has never had more than one Cup race a season, and Martin Truex Jr. has won the last two. ... This will be the 19th of 36 races for the season. ... Justin Haley was the surprise winner last week at Daytona, notching his first career victory by taking the lead on strategy before lightning and storms called off the remainder of the event. Haley does not earn points in the Cup Series, he's a full-time Xfinity driver, so he will not make the Cup playoffs. ... *Joey Logano leads the Cup standings with 700 points, followed by *Kyle Busch (682), Kevin Harvick (625), *Brad Keselowski (613), *Truex (597), *Denny Hamlin (588), *Chase Elliott (585), Kurt Busch (564), *Alex Bowman (534) and Aric Almirola (512) rounding out the top 10.
BEST BETS: Martin Truex Jr. is the favorite at 7/2, followed by Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick at 5/1. Teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano come in at 8/1 with Chase Elliott at 10/1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is a solid long shot at 100/1.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: ALSCO 300 (200 laps, 300 miles around a 1.5-mile D-shaped oval), Kentucky Speedway; Sparta, Ken.
TV: Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 7:46 p.m. ET) - NBCSN (Radio: Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: Like in Cup. A driver from another series won last week at Daytona, with Truck Series driver Ross Chastain dominating. ... This will be the 25th race at Kentucky for the series, a track it has run on since 2001. ... Christopher Bell won this race last year. ... This is the 17th of 33 races on the season. ... *Tyler Reddick leads the Xfinity standings with 718 points, followed by *Bell (642), *Cole Custer (637), Austin Cindric (599), Justin Allgaier (573), Noah Gragson (526), John Hunter Nemechek (504), Justin Haley (501), *Michael Annett (500) and Chase Briscoe (498).
GANDER OUTDOORS TRUCK SERIES: BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK 225 (150 laps, 225 miles around a 1.5-mile D-shaped oval), Kentucky Speedway; Sparta, Ken.
TV: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 7:46 p.m. ET) - FS1 (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: After a week off, the 12th of 23 races on the season is on tap. ... The trucks have raced at Kentucky since 2000, and this will be the 22nd series race at the track. ... Ben Rhodes won this race last season. ... Brett Moffitt won two weeks ago at Chicagoland, holding off Ben Rhodes and Johnny Sauter down the stretch for his third victory of the season. ... *Sauter leads the Truck standings (508 points), followed by *Noah Gragson (443), *Moffitt (368), Stewart Friesen (368), Grant Enfinger (367), *Justin Haley (362), Matt Crafton (356), Rhodes (349), Myatt Snider (307) and Cody Coughlin (290). Only eight drivers make the playoffs in the series.
NTT DATA INDYCAR SERIES: HONDA INDY TORONTO (85 laps, 151.81 miles around an 11-turn 1.786-mile temporary street course), Streets of Toronto; Toronto, Ontario.
THIS WEEK: After two weeks off, the series is back in action in Canada for the 11th of 17 races on the season, and one of the most popular and longest-running stops on the schedule, with races going back to 1986. ... Scott Dixon won this race last season. ... There are seven races left on the schedule with three drivers within 61 points of each other. ... American Josef Newgarden leads the standings (402 points), followed by American Alexander Rossi (395), France's Simon Pagenaud (341), New Zealand's Dixon (308) and Australia's Will Power (294) rounding out the top five. (Standings according to INDYCAR.com).
FORMULA ONE: BRITISH GRAND PRIX (51 laps, 186.7 miles around a 3.661-mile 18-turn permanent road course), Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit; Silverstone, United Kingdom.
TV: Sunday, 9 a.m. ET (Green flag approx. 9:05 a.m. ET) - ESPN2 (Radio: SiriusXM Radio Channel 132).
THIS WEEK: Silverstone was originally built over a Royal Air Force airfield from World War II, with the signature triangular configuration of the runways being built into the circuit. ... The race has been held since 1950, but the current configuration of the track debuted in 2011. ... This will be the 10th of 21 races on the season and if anyone wants to catch Lewis Hamilton -- the defending and five-time world champion - they need to start soon. ... Max Verstappen won two weeks in the Austrian Grand Prix, while Sebastian Vettel won this race last year. ... Great Britain's Lewis Hamilton leads the standings with 197 points in his Mercedes, with Finland's Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, second (166), followed by Belgium's Verstappen, Red Bull (126), Germany's Vettel, Ferrari (123), and Monaco's Charles Leclerc, Ferrari (105). (Standings according to F1.com).
NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
THIS WEEK: The NHRA is taking a week off to go from the East Coast to the Western Swing, starting July 19 at Bandimere Speedway outside Denver, followed on consecutive weeks with a trip to Sonoma, Calif. and then Kent, Wash. ... Steve Torrence won in Top Fuel at the NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, New Hampshire, last weekend, with Matt Hagan taking Funny Car. Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycles were off but will return in Denver. ... Torrence leads the Top Fuel standings (1,278 points), followed by Doug Kalitta (799), Antron Brown (781), Brittany Force (777) and Mike Salinas (732) rounding out the top five. ... Robert Hight leads Funny Car (1,079), followed by John Force (903), Tommy Johnson Jr. (891), Ron Capps (870) and Jack Beckman (851). ... Bo Butner is on top in Pro Stock (671), followed by Alex Laughlin (523), Jason Line (448), Greg Anderson (445) and Matt Hartford (441). ... Andrew Hines leads Pro Stock Motorcycle (727), followed by Eddie Krawiec (641), Hector Arana Jr. (549), Matt Smith (527) and Karen Stoffer (381). (Standings according to NHRA.com).
--By K. Lee Davis, Field Level Media