MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES: FEDERATED AUTO PARTS 400 (400 laps, 300 miles around a .75-mile D-shaped oval), Richmond Raceway; Richmond, Va.
TV: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 7:43 p.m. ET) -- NBCSN (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: Martin Truex Jr. knows he's safely in the Round of 12 with his win last week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but it's the 15 other playoff drivers who take center stage in the next two weeks, starting Saturday night at Richmond. ... For Truex, it was his fifth victory this season, but first since June. ... This is the 28th race of 36 on the season and the second of the three-race Round of 16, where the bottom four drivers in the standings after the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway's road-course on Sept. 29 will be eliminated from contention. A win automatically propels the victor into the next round of the playoffs. ... This will be the 126th race at Richmond, a track first opened in 1948 and run on under NASCAR sanction since 1953. ... Truex won at Richmond in April and Kyle Busch won the Fall race in 2018. ... *Truex leads the standings (2,082 points), followed by Kevin Harvick (2,079), Joey Logano (2,075), Kyle Busch (2,063), Brad Keselowski (2,058), Chase Elliott (2,057), Denny Hamlin (2,056), Kyle Larson (2,044), William Byron (2,040), Ryan Blaney (2,039), Alex Bowman (2,037), Aric Almirola (2,033), Ryan Newman (2,027), Kurt Busch (2,019), Clint Bowyer (2,012) and Erik Jones (2,007) comprising the playoff field.
BEST BETS: Kyle Busch is the favorite at 3/1, followed by Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin at 6/1. Joey Logano is 7/1 and teammate Brad Keselowski is 8/1. Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman and William Byron are all good values at 40/1. Ryan Newman is worth a flyer at 100/1.
*Victory and advancement to the next round. Stats and standings per NASCAR.com.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: GO BOWLING 250 (250 laps, 187.5 miles around a .75-mile D-shaped oval), Richmond Raceway; Richmond, Va.
TV: Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 7:43 p.m. ET) -- NBCSN (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: With the playoff field being set after Las Vegas, the series embarks on its postseason with 12 drivers eligible to claim the title. ... Tyler Reddick got his fifth win of the season Saturday night at Vegas. ... This is the 27th of 33 races on the season, and the 72nd all-time at Richmond, a tricky track that lends itself to good racing in the series. ... Christopher Bell won this race last season, with Cole Custer coming away the winner in April. ... Bell leads the standings (2,055), followed by Custer (2,044), Reddick (2,044), Austin Cindric (2,017), Chase Briscoe (2,012), Justin Allgaier (2,012), Michael Annett (2,009), Noah Gragson (2,005), Brandon Jones (2,004), Justin Haley (2,003), Ryan Sieg (2,001) and John Hunter Nemechek (2,000) filling up the 12 playoff spots.
Stats and standings per NASCAR.com.
NASCAR GANDER OUTDOORS TRUCK SERIES
THIS WEEK: It's on to three weeks off for the Trucks, with Austin Hill winning Friday at Las Vegas in the 19th of 23 races on the season. ... Next up for the six drivers still in the playoffs is Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 12, the first race of the Round of 6 as the series narrows things down to the final four drivers who will run for the championship at Homestead in November. ... Brett Moffitt leads the standings (3,034), followed by Hill (3,017), Ross Chastain (3,016), Stewart Friesen (3,014), Matt Crafton (3,011) and Tyler Ankrum.
Stats and standings per NASCAR.com.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES: FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY (87 laps, 194.7 miles around a 2.238-mile 11-turn permanent road course), WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway; Monterey, California.
THIS WEEK: The season concludes Sunday at Laguna Seca, with a double-points race and the title on the line for the 14th consecutive season. ... Will Power won three weeks ago in Portland but is out of the championship picture. ... This is the final race of 17 on the season. ... The track has never been raced under IndyCar sanction, but was a stalwart on the rival CART tour 1983-2004. ... No current IndyCar driver won there under CART sanction, but several took home trophies in Indy Lights. ... The track, first opened in 1957, is an undulating technical challenge, with 11 turns, including the famed "Corkscrew," Turn 8. ... American Josef Newgarden leads the standings (593 points), followed by American Alexander Rossi (552), France's Simon Pagenaud (551), New Zealand's Scott Dixon (508) and Australia's Power (469) rounding out the top five. A maximum of 108 points is on the line at Laguna Seca.
Standings per INDYCAR.com.
FORMULA ONE: SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX (61 laps, 191.967 miles around a 3.147-mile 23-turn temporary street course), Marina Bay Street Circuit; Singapore, Singapore.
TV: Sunday, 8 a.m. ET (Green flag approx. 8:10 a.m. ET) -- ESPN2 (Radio: SiriusXM Radio Channel 132).
THIS WEEK: It's off to Singapore and Asia for a Hermann Tilke-designed street circuit that is technical and challenging, the Marina Bay Street Circuit. ... This will be the 15th of 21 races this season. ... This will be the 12th Singapore Grand Prix, the first being held in 2008 and then every year since. With no real elevation changes, the difficulty lies in negotiating the 23 turns, Particularly Turn 10, named "The Singapore Sling," a flowing left-hander that leads to a right-hand kink at Turn 11. ... Lewis Hamilton won this race last season. ... Charles Leclerc won at Monza two weeks ago. ... Great Britain's Hamilton leads the standings with 284 points in his Mercedes, with Finland's Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, second (221), followed by Belgium's Max Verstappen, Red Bull, (185), Monaco's Leclerc, Ferrari, (182) and Germany's Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari (169).
Standings per F1.com.
NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
THIS WEEK: The Countdown to the Championship started at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa., last week, but there's no time to rest, as the hot-rod set rolls into the outskirts of St. Louis this weekend for the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals. ... Winners at Maple Grove were Richie Crampton in Top Fuel, Jack Beckman in Funny Car, Jason Line in Pro Stock and Jerry Savoie in Pro Stock Motorcycle. ... Doug Kalitta leads the Top Fuel standings (2,180 points), followed by Brittany Force (2,147), Steve Torrence (2,133), Antron Brown (2,127), Crampton (2,126), Mike Salinas (2,104), Austin Prock (2,094), Leah Pritchett (2,093), Clay Millican (2,092) and Billy Torrence (2,032). ... Beckman leads Funny Car (2,179), followed by John Force (2,160), Robert Hight (2,155), Ron Capps (2,036), Tommy Johnson Jr. (2,105), Matt Hagan (2,092), J.R. Todd (2,089), Bob Tasca III (2,072), Tim Wilkerson (2,057) and Shawn Langdon (2,043). ... Line is on top in Pro Stock (2,194), followed by Bo Butner (2,155), Alex Laughlin (2,139), Erica Enders (2,116), Matt Hartford (2,103), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (2,099), Deric Kramer (2,095), Greg Anderson (2,092), Chris McGaha (2,041) and Val Smeland (2,031). ... Savoie leads Pro Stock Motorcycle (2,166), followed by Andrew Hines (2,160), Matt Smith (2,143), Eddie Krawiec (2,134), Karen Stoffer (2,120), Hector Arana Jr. (2,117), Angelle Sampey (2,083), Angie Smith (2,062), Ryan Oehler (2,042) and Hector Arana (2,032).
Standings per NHRA.com.
--K. Lee Davis, Field Level Media