Auto Racing Glance

By The Sports Xchange  |  Nov. 1, 2017 at 3:25 PM
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MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES: AAA TEXAS 500 (334 laps, 501 miles around a 1.50-mile oval), Texas Motor Speedway; Fort Worth, Texas.

TV: Sunday, 2 p.m. ET -- NBCSN (Radio: Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).

THIS WEEK: This will be the eighth of the 10-race NASCAR Cup playoffs, as well as the middle race of the three-race Round of 8 semifinal round. ... This will be the 34th Cup race held at Texas. ... Carl Edwards won this race last fall, while Jimmie Johnson won this April's race there. ... Kyle Busch won this past Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway, earning him the first of four finalist spots in the season-ending championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 19. ... Of his series-leading seven wins this season, six of Martin Truex Jr.'s wins have come on 1.5-mile tracks, including three in the first seven playoff races (Chicago, Charlotte and Kansas). ... Here's the Cup point standings after Kansas: Martin Truex Jr. (4,117 points), Kyle Busch (4,100 points), Brad Keselowski (4,079), Kevin Harvick (4,053), Jimmie Johnson (4,050), Ryan Blaney (4,047), Denny Hamlin (4,045), and Chase Elliott (4,027).

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: O'REILLY AUTO PARTS 300 (200 laps, 300 miles around a 1.50-mile oval), Texas Motor Speedway; Fort Worth, Texas.

TV: Saturday, 8:30 p.m. ET -- NBCSN (Radio: Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).

THIS WEEK: The series returns to action after having two of the prior three weekends off. ... This is the 34th Xfinity race at TMS. ... Kyle Larson won this race last fall, while Erik Jones won this April. ... Christopher Bell won the most recent Xfinity race, two weeks ago at Kansas, followed by Tyler Reddick and Blaney. ... Justin Allgaier (3,066 points) leads the Xfinity point standings, followed by William Byron (3,064 points), Elliott Sadler (3,055), Brennan Poole (3,038), Matt Tifft (3,033), Ryan Reed (3,032), Daniel Hemric (3,032 and Cole Custer (3,030).

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES: JAG METALS 350 (147 laps, 220.5 miles around a 1.50-mile oval), Texas Motor Speedway; Fort Worth, Texas.

TV: Friday, 8 p.m. ET -- Fox Sports 1 (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).

THIS WEEK: This is the 40th time the Trucks will race at Texas. It also marks the second of the three-race Round of 6 semifinals. The four highest-ranked drivers after the race at Phoenix in two weeks will advance to race for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, Nov. 17. ... Johnny Sauter won this race last year en route to his first career Truck Series championship, while Bell won at Texas this past June. ... After a weekend off, the Truck Series returned to action at Martinsville Speedway last weekend. On Saturday, Oct. 28, Noah Gragson won his first career Truck Series race in his 22nd career start. ... Bell remains No. 1 in the point standings (3,083 points), followed by defending series champ Sauter (3,080), two-time former Truck champ Matt Crafton (3,068), Ben Rhodes (3,049), Austin Cindric (3,028) and John Hunter Nemechek (3,021).

NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION: The series is off this weekend. The series returns to action for the season-ending AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS, Nov. 9-12, at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona (Calif.).

THIS WEEK: The penultimate race of the season, the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was held last weekend (Oct. 26-29). ... Winners of the Las Vegas event were: Terry McMillen (first career NHRA Top Fuel win), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle). ... Here are the updated point standings: Top Fuel -- Steve Torrence (2,527 points), Brittany Force (2,507), Doug Kalitta (2,443), Antron Brown (2,392), Leah Pritchett (2,361), Tony Schumacher (2,340), Clay Millican (2,326), Shawn Langdon (2,267), Terry McMillen (2,261) and Scott Palmer (2,169); Funny Car -- Robert Hight (2,548 points), Ron Capps (2,533 points), Courtney Force (2,423), Jack Beckman (2,396), Matt Hagan (2,387), John Force (2,306), Tommy Johnson Jr. (2,276), Tim Wilkerson (2,237), J.R. Todd (2,233) and Cruz Pedregon (2,163); Pro Stock -- Greg Anderson (2,597 points), Bo Butner (2,557), Jason Line (2,521), Tanner Gray (2,413), Drew Skillman (2,384), Erica Enders (2,286), Allen Johnson (2,235), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (2,234), Chris McGaha (2,207) and Vincent Nobile (2,052); Pro Stock Motorcycle -- Eddie Krawiec (2,628 points), L.E. Tonglet (2,478), Andrew Hines (2,427), Scotty Pollacheck (2,406), Hector Arana Jr. (2,400), Jerry Savoie (2,393), Matt Smith (2,345), Karen Stoffer (2,252), Angie Smith (2,209) and Joey Gladstone (2,200).

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