It’s September and that means many racing teams are clearly focused on their championship offerings in all forms of motorsports. The pressure is on and you won’t want to miss any of the action.
The first major racing championship will be decided this weekend and IndyCar is bringing all its star power to the table, seeing if Will Power will take his second title or Josef Newgarden will get his third, or Scott Dixon will take his record seventh. There are only 20 points that separate the three.
Power has amassed 523 points while Newgarden and Dixon are tied, 20 points behind with 503 points each. Mathematically, still in contention are Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson, with 484 points (39 points behind Power), and Portland winner Scott McLaughlin, who now has 482 (41 points behind Power). to complete the top five.
The challenge is to take on the 2.23-mile WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca road course. What makes it especially difficult is tearing through the notorious Turn 8, also known as “the corkscrew,” for 95 laps on Sunday afternoon. Just to give you some perspective, the corkscrew is the equivalent of a 5 ½-story drop in just 450 feet of track, and the many dramatic moments that have happened there over the years.
Peacock airs at the preliminary events, including qualifying and practice. NBC has you there Sunday at 3:00 pm EDT for the pre-race show followed at 3:30 pm EDT for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.
NASCAR comes to the Midwest for the Hollywood Casino 400 celebration and it’s a triple weekend at Kansas Speedway, with Camping World Trucks, Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
NASCAR’s points system was shaken to the core at Darlington with then-leader Chase Elliott reduced to now 9the place after sustaining rear control rod damage that put him in last place at the end of the night, but he wasn’t alone.
Defending series champion Kyle Larson also struggled but came from behind two laps to finish eighth. Other notables the ‘Lady in Black’ victimized included Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Chase Briscoe and Ross Chastain to push up the standings heading into the second playoff race this Sunday.
The only bright spot was Christopher Bell, who jumped from 10the Fourth Joey Logano now takes the lead followed by William Byron, Denny Hamlin, Bell and Tyler Reddick as the championship moves to Kansas.
Kansas TV coverage kicks off Friday with Truck and Xfinity qualifying with the Kansas Lottery 200 Truck event Friday on FS1 beginning at 6:30 pm EDT. The Xfinity Series begins Saturday for the Kansas Lottery 300 at 2:30 pm EDT. The ARCA series caps off the day with their attempt at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway oval for the Kansas Lottery 150 on MAVTV at 7:00 pm EDT.
On Sunday, the NASCAR Cup Series begins at 2:00 pm EDT with USA Network’s Countdown to Green with the Hollywood Casino 400 at 3:00 pm EDT.
Formula 1 wraps up its European campaign by racing at Monza for the Pirelli Gran Premio D’Italia on Sunday morning on ESPN2 at 8:55am EDT. It looks like Max Verstappen and the Oracle/Red Bull team are taking over F1, holding off Scuderia Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz with just seven races remaining.
Another notable event this weekend is the Fuji 6 Hour World Endurance Championship which will air on the Motor Trend channel beginning at 9:30pm EDT on Saturday.
NHRA is off this weekend and returns next weekend to Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pennsylvania to kick off its six-race countdown to the Championship playoff.
Be sure to check Auto Racing Digest’s motorsports TV schedule for exact times and locations. We don’t want you to miss any event.
Be safe and wishing everyone a great weekend of racing!
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