Auto Racing Glance

NASCAR CUP SERIES: QUAKER STATE 400 (260 laps, 400.4 miles around a 1.54-mile D-shaped oval), Atlanta Motor Speedway; Hampton, Ga.

TV: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approximately 3:46 p.m. ET) — NBCSN (Radio: Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).

THIS WEEK: The series is back at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second time this season, this time to run a little over 400 miles, down from 500 in March. … This will be the 21st of 36 races this season and the 115th race at the venerable track, which held its first race in 1960. … Ryan Blaney won here in March, with Kevin Harvick winning the only race at Atlanta last year. … Chase Elliott rolled to his second points-race victory of the season at Road America in Wisconsin on Sunday, his seventh career victory on a road course, which puts him third all-time behind Jeff Gordon (nine) and Tony Stewart (eight). “Yeah, it’s super cool — an honor — to even be in at least like four lines below them, much less a couple,” Elliott said. … When fans refer to a 1.5-mile D-shaped oval track as a cookie-cutter, this is the track that was first made in that mold. But each is unique and Atlanta became the model for others because the racing was so good. … Denny Hamlin, still winless this season, leads the standings with 798 points, followed by *Kyle Larson (795), *William Byron (713), *Kyle Busch (685), *Joey Logano (678), *Elliott (674), *Martin Truex Jr. (634), *Ryan Blaney (603), Harvick (599), *Brad Keselowski (593), *Alex Bowman (561), Austin Dillon (544), Tyler Reddick (521), Kurt Busch (471), *Christopher Bell (463) and *Michael McDowell (426). The top 16 in points, and race wins, get into the playoffs. Winless Chris Buescher has 446 points, but is behind McDowell, who has a win.

BEST BETS: Kyle Larson is the favorite at 11/4, with Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch at 8/1. Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. are the last of the drivers at 10/1 or better. Aric Almirola has shown speed at Atlanta before (one pole, two top 10s) and comes in at 100/1.

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NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: CREDIT KARMA MONEY 250 (163 laps, 251.02 miles around a 1.54-mile oval), Atlanta Motor Speedway; Hampton, Ga.

TV: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approximately 3:46 p.m. ET) — NBCSN (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).

THIS WEEK: The series is also back for more at Atlanta for the second time this season and the 18th of 33 races this season. … This will be the 31st series race at the track, with Justin Allgaier winning in March and AJ Allmendinger winning last year. … Kyle Busch won Saturday at Road America. … *Austin Cindric (721 points) leads the standings, followed by *Allmendinger (632), Daniel Hemric (616), *Allgaier (570), Harrison Burton (546), *Jeb Burton (524), Justin Haley (499), Brandon Jones (485), Noah Gragson (471), Michael Annett (450), Jeremy Clements (416) and *Myatt Snider (380) making up the 12 drivers who would currently make the playoffs. Winless Brandon Brown (383) is the first driver out.

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NASCAR GANDER OUTDOORS TRUCK SERIES: CORN BELT 150 (150 laps, 75 miles around a .5-mile dirt oval), Knoxville Raceway; Knoxville, Iowa.

TV: Friday, 9 p.m. ET (Green flag approximately 9:16 p.m. ET) — FS1.

THIS WEEK: The Trucks are racing on dirt after a week off, heading to Knoxville Raceway in Iowa to run under the lights. … This is the 14th of 22 races on the season and the last before a three-week hiatus. … John Hunter Nemechek won two weeks ago at Pocono for his fifth victory of the season. … Knoxville will be a challenge, with a shallow eight degrees of banking and a legendary status for bumping and sliding. It has a well-earned reputation as the “Sprint Car Capital of the World,” but the Trucks are much larger, heavier and less responsive than sprint cars. … *Nemechek leads the standings (575), followed by *Ben Rhodes (489), Austin Hill (469), Zane Smith (428), *Todd Gilliland (408), *Sheldon Creed (406), Matt Crafton (392), Stewart Friesen (350), Carson Hocevar (335) and Chandler Smith (314) make up the 10 drivers currently in the seven-race playoffs. Winless Grant Enfinger (373) is the first driver out.

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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. … Josef Newgarden won at Mid-Ohio last weekend to become a potential title contender through 10 of 16 races. … 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, Newgarden (321) in a Chevy is in fourth and Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson in a Honda (255) rounds out the top five.

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THIS WEEK: The series gets a week off after two races in Austria in two weeks where Belgium’s Max Verstappen swept to further stake his claim to the top spot through nine of 23 races this season. … Next up will be the British Grand Prix at Silverstone next week, where Lewis Hamilton has to hope his Mercedes team can solve its issues ahead of his home race. … Verstappen (182 points) leads the standings in his Red Bull, followed by 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.

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THIS WEEK: This is the second of two weeks off before the series heads west to Colorado for the Mile-High Nationals outside Denver. … Winners at the last 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.

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