Auto Racing Glance

NASCAR CUP SERIES: FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO 301 (301 laps, 318.46 miles around a 1.058-mile oval), New Hampshire Motor Speedway; Loudon, N.H.

TV: Sunday, 3 p.m. ET (Green flag approximately 3:15 p.m. ET) — NBCSN (Radio: Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).

THIS WEEK: After the speed and high banking of Atlanta, the series heads to a lower and flatter track. … This will be the 50th race at NHMS, with the first held in 1993. The track hosted two races a season from 1997-2017. … This will be the 22nd of 36 races this season. … Brad Keselowski won here last year. … Kurt Busch held off little brother Kyle to win last week at Atlanta, securing a spot in the playoffs, but losing his ride home. “… Me and my little brother were supposed to share a ride home. It’s only about four hours back to Charlotte, so it’s not too big of a deal tonight. But I’m pretty sure Kyle has already taken off. But we’ve got the trophy; I ain’t worried about it.” … Denny Hamlin, still winless this season, leads the standings with 836 points, followed by *Kyle Larson (826), *Kyle Busch (739), *William Byron (733), *Chase Elliott (704), *Joey Logano (700), *Martin Truex Jr. (671), *Ryan Blaney (639), Kevin Harvick (626), *Brad Keselowski (623), *Alex Bowman (609), Austin Dillon (571), Tyler Reddick (563), *Kurt Busch (530), *Christopher Bell (492) and *Michael McDowell (436). The top 16 in points, and race wins, get into the playoffs. Winless Chris Buescher has 467 points, but is behind McDowell, who has a win.

BEST BETS: Kyle Larson is the favorite at 4/1, with Kyle Busch at 6/1, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. at 8/1 and Chase Elliott at 9/1 as the last driver under 10/1. Erik Jones doesn’t have much experience but has run well at Loudon (two top-10s in five races), so he’s a great long shot at 200/1.

*Denotes race winner and playoff berth. Standings per NASCAR.com.

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: AMBETTER GET VACCINATED 200 (200 laps, 211.6 miles around a 1.058-mile oval), New Hampshire Motor Speedway; Loudon, N.H.

TV: Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (Green flag approximately 3:15 p.m. ET) — NBCSN (Radio: Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).

THIS WEEK: The series is back in New Hampshire after skipping it last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. … This will be 19th of 33 races this season, and will be the 34th series race at the track. … Christopher Bell won the race in 2018 and ’19. … Kyle Busch won last week at Atlanta. … *Austin Cindric (748 points) leads the standings, followed by *AJ Allmendinger (674), Daniel Hemric (636), *Justin Allgaier (607), Harrison Burton (572), *Jeb Burton (559), Justin Haley (537), Noah Gragson (519), Brandon Jones (488), Jeremy Clements (445), *Myatt Snider (396) and Riley Herbst (391) making up the 12 drivers who would currently make the playoffs.

*Denotes race winner and playoff berth. Standings per NASCAR.com.

NASCAR GANDER OUTDOORS TRUCK SERIES

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

*Denotes race winner and playoff berth. Standings per NASCAR.com.

NTT DATA INDYCAR SERIES

THIS WEEK: The series is off the track to make way for the Olympics until returning for the Music City Grand Prix in Nashville, Tenn., on Aug. 8. … 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 (321) in a Chevy is in fourth, and Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson in a Honda (255) rounds out the top five.

Standings per INDYCAR.com.

FORMULA ONE: BRITISH GRAND PRIX (52 laps, 190.372 miles around a 3.661-mile 18-turn permanent road course), Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit; Silverstone, United Kingdom.

TV: Sunday, 10 a.m. ET (Green flag approximately 10:05 a.m. ET) — ESPN (Radio: SiriusXM Radio Channel 132).

THIS WEEK: Silverstone was built over a Royal Air Force airfield from World War II, with the signature triangular configuration of the runways being built into the circuit. … The race has been held since 1950, but the current configuration of the track debuted in 2011. … This will be the 10th of 23 races scheduled this season. … Max Verstappen has won three races in a row and four of the past five. … The series raced twice at Silverstone last season, with Lewis Hamilton winning the first event and Verstappen the second. Hamilton has to hope his Mercedes team has solved recent problems of the car ahead of his home race. … Belgium’s Verstappen (182 points) leads the standings in his Red Bull, followed by Great Britain’s Hamilton (150), Mexico’s Sergio Perez (104) in a Red Bull, Britain’s Lando Norris (101) in a McLaren Mercedes and Finland’s Valtteri Bottas (92) in a Mercedes rounding out the top five.

Standings per F1.com.

NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION: DODGE//SRT MILE-HIGH NHRA NATIONALS, Friday-Sunday, at Bandimere Speedway; Morrison, Colo.

TV: Eliminations, Sunday, 4 p.m. ET (live) FS1

THIS WEEK: The series starts its “Western Swing” in Colorado for the Mile-High Nationals outside Denver with three events in three weeks, heading next to Sonoma, Calif., and Pomona, Calif. … Winners at the most recent event in Ohio were Steve Torrence in Top Fuel, Cruz Pedregon in Funny Car, Erica Enders in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle. … Steve Torrence leads the Top Fuel standings (733 points), followed by Antron Brown (518) and Billy Torrence (448). … Bob Tasca III has the lead in Funny Car (590), with John Force (537) second followed by J.R. Todd (502). … Greg Anderson leads Pro Stock (648), with Enders (506) and Aaron Stanfield (479) behind him. … Smith (499) leads the Motorcycles, with Steve Johnson (406) and Scotty Pollacheck (348) giving chase.

Standings per NHRA.com.