The NASCAR Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series both go road racing this weekend at Road America and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
Saturday afternoon the Xfinity Series makes its 10th appearance at Road America for CTECH Manufacturing 180 (MRN, 2:30 p.m. ET). It will be the third road course race in the month of August for NASCAR‘s number two division, which made its debut at the four-mile, 14-turn Wisconsin road circuit in 2009.
Austin Cindric has won the first two road course races on this year‘s schedule at Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio. The Team Penske driver will try to sweep the month and become the tenth different Road America winner in the 10 years.
“It’s really been a great three weeks for our Menards team, with even more momentum after a good run at Bristol,” Cindric said. “I think we have a great opportunity to keep that going in the right direction at Road America. It’s a big event for the fans in that area, and everyone at Menards.”
Justin Allgaier is the defending winner of the race and is still looking for his first victory of the season. He‘ll have his hands full with a deep field of competitors, including a JR Motorsports teammate in Regan Smith, who will pilot the team‘s No. 8 Camaro.
“I‘m really happy to get back behind the wheel again of this No. 8 Fire Alarm Services Chevy for JR Motorsports,” said Smith, who has made three prior starts in the NXS at Road America, earning a best finish of eighth in 2015.
“We had a fast Camaro at Mid-Ohio and I feel like we will have a shot again this weekend at Road America. I love racing on the road courses and hopefully we can have a solid weekend for everyone on this No. 8 team.”
Sunday afternoon the scene shifts to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Chevy Silverado 250 (MRN, 2 p.m. ET). It marks the seventh series race on the 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course. And it‘s seen six different winners since the series first started racing at the track in 2013 — none of whom are entered this weekend.
Brett Moffitt kicked off the playoffs last week in Bristol with a win and comes to CTMP without any pressure, knowing he‘s already moved on to the next round. He finished third in last year‘s race and has proved to be a solid road racer.
“I had a strong run there last year and I’ve been on the simulator a bit so hopefully that will help this weekend,” Moffitt said. “Being locked into the next round of the playoffs takes a lot of stress off these next couple of races. Winning would be great obviously, but we need to go out there and put together a solid finish and try to increase our lead in the championship.”
Austin Hill and Tyler Ankrum are currently the two drivers outside the cutline in the playoff picture with a pair of races remaining in the opening round. Neither want to drop any further behind and put themselves into a more pressure-filled situation when the round ends at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“I think we have a great shot to punch our ticket to the next round,” Hill said. “A lot of people look at the road course as a wild card, but I‘m really looking forward to it. Road course racing is something I‘ve always enjoyed, even going back to the days in the K&N Pro Series. I was never able to win, but we came close.”