MotorRacingNetwork.com Weekend Preview
By: John Singler - @JohnSingler2
Martinsville Speedway hosts the seventh race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. (Photo: Getty Images)
NASCAR moves from its biggest superspeedway to its smallest track this weekend, with the Chase shifting from Talladega’s mammoth oval to Martinsville Speedway’s half-mile for Sunday’s TUMS Fast Relief 500.
The seventh round of this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup tops the weekend schedule that includes the Camping World Truck Series, also in Martinsville; the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas and Formula One competition in New Delhi, India.
With top-10 finishes in five of this year’s six Chase races, Carl Edwards has climbed to the top of the standings after entering the post-season as the No. 5 seed. He leads Roush Fenway Racing teammate Matt Kenseth by 14 points, with Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart lurking less than 20 points off the pace with four races left.
Denny Hamlin is the defending race winner at Martinsville. He and Jimmie Johnson have combined to win nine of the last 10 races on the Virginia half-mile. Kevin Harvick, fifth in the Chase, was victorious in this year’s first stop there back in April.
Sprint Cup Series qualifying at Martinsville will be held Saturday afternoon, with the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race to follow. Austin Dillon and James Buescher are locked in a tight championship battle there, with Dillon leading by three points heading into the final three races of the year. Ron Hornaday is the defending race winner while Johnny Sauter won this year’s first stop.
Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” – will have live coverage of Saturday’s Kroger 200 beginning at 1:45 p.m. (ET). Air time for Sunday’s TUMS Fast Relief 500 is 12:30 p.m.
MotorRacingNetwork.com will be trackside in Martinsville to bring you comprehensive coverage including breaking news, results, statistics, photos, audio, video and post-race analysis.
In NHRA action at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Jack Beckman will try to increase his narrow lead in the Funny Car standings as the series heads into its final two events of the season. Matt Hagan trails Beckman by just five points and regular-season leader Mike Neff is third, 22 points back.
In Top Fuel, Antron Brown is atop the standings by 20 points over defending world champion Larry Dixon. Jason Line holds a commanding lead in Pro Stock.
Defending event winners in Las Vegas are Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle).
The Formula One World Driving Championship is in action at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix on the Buddh International Circuit outside New Delhi. The race will be contested at a distance of 60 laps around the three-mile circuit, with start time Sunday at 5:30 a.m. (ET).