Auto Racing Glance

A look at the upcoming week on the major auto racing circuits.


THIS WEEK: All of NASCAR takes another week off to make way for the Olympics, including the Cup Series, which returns at Watkins Glen, N.Y., on Aug. 8 for the 23rd of 36 races this season. … Denny Hamlin, still winless this season, leads the standings with 874 points, followed by *Kyle Larson (861), *William Byron (749), *Kyle Busch (740), *Chase Elliott (736), *Joey Logano (733), *Martin Truex Jr. (696), *Ryan Blaney (689), *Brad Keselowski (676), Kevin Harvick (673), *Alex Bowman (637), Tyler Reddick (596), *Kurt Busch (552), *Christopher Bell (532), *Michael McDowell (448) and *Aric Almirola (377). The top 16 in points, and race wins, get into the playoffs. Eight drivers are ahead of Almirola on points, but out of the playoffs because they don’t have a win. Next on the winless hit list is Harvick, Almirola’s teammate.

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THIS WEEK: The series is also off until coming back at Watkins Glen on Aug. 7 for the 20th of 33 races this season. … *Austin Cindric (797 points) leads the standings, followed by *AJ Allmendinger (715), Daniel Hemric (684), *Justin Allgaier (653), Harrison Burton (615), *Jeb Burton (589), Justin Haley (577), Noah Gragson (544), Brandon Jones (489), Jeremy Clements (468), *Myatt Snider (426) and Riley Herbst (418) making up the 12 drivers who currently would make the playoffs.

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THIS WEEK: The series is off. … The Trucks are back on the track at Watkins Glen on Aug. 7 for the 15th of 22 races on the season. … *John Hunter Nemechek leads the standings (605), followed by *Ben Rhodes (520), *Austin Hill (510), *Todd Gilliland (458), Zane Smith (451), Matt Crafton (430), *Sheldon Creed (413), Carson Hocevar (372), Stewart Friesen (364) and Chandler Smith (351) make up the 10 drivers currently in the seven-race playoffs.

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THIS WEEK: The series is off the track for the Olympics until returning for the Music City Grand Prix in Nashville, Tenn., on Aug. 8 for the 11th of 16 races on the season. … Spain’s Alex Palou has the points lead (384) in his Honda-powered Dallara, followed by Mexico’s Pato O’Ward (345) in a Chevrolet-powered Dallara, while New Zealander Scott Dixon (328) is in third in his Honda, Josef Newgarden (315) in a Chevy is in fourth and Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson in a Honda (280) round out the top five.

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FORMULA ONE: HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX (70 laps, 190.54 miles around a 2.722-mile 14-turn permanent road course), Hungaroring; Mogyorod, Hungary.

TV: Sunday, 9 a.m. ET (Green flag approximately 9:10 a.m. ET) — ESPN/WATCHESPN (Radio: SiriusXM Radio Channel 132).

THIS WEEK: The first race at the Hungaroring was run in 1986 and won by the legendary Nelson Piquet. … Lewis Hamilton won this race last year on his way to his seventh world title. … This will be the 11th of 24 races this season before the traditional three-week summer layoff. … Belgium’s Max Verstappen (185 points) leads the standings in his Red Bull, followed by Great Britain’s Hamilton (177) in a Mercedes, Britain’s Lando Norris (113) in a McLaren Mercedes, Finland’s Valtteri Bottas (108)in a Mercedes with Mexico’s Sergio Perez (104) in a Red Bull rounding out the top five.

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NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION: NHRA WINTERNATIONALS, Friday-Sunday, at Auto Club Raceway; Pomona, Calif.

TV: Eliminations, Sunday, 4 p.m. ET (live) Fox

THIS WEEK: The series concludes its annual “Western Swing” in California for the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona for the 10th of 20 events scheduled this season, a makeup weekend for the race postponed due to the pandemic in February. … After Pomona, the series heads to the Midwest for events in Kansas, Minnesota and Indiana. … Winners last week in Sonoma were Steve Torrence in Top Fuel, Robert Hight in Funny Car, Aaron Stanfield in Pro Stock and Karen Stoffer in Pro Stock Motorcycle. … Torrence leads the Top Fuel standings (978 points) and has clinched a playoff berth, followed by Antron Brown (629) and Brittany Force (564). … Bob Tasca III has the lead in Funny Car (676), with Matt Hagan (655) and Hight (636) second and third. … Greg Anderson leads Pro Stock (729), with Stanfield (594) and Erica Enders (566) behind him. … Matt Smith (686) leads the Motorcycles, with Steve Johnson (516) and Scotty Pollacheck (414) giving chase.

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