Best Bets in Autos this week


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DIGITAL ALLY 400 (267 laps, 400.5 miles around a 1.5-mile D-shaped oval), Kansas Speedway; Kansas City, Kan.
TV: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 7:46 p.m. ET) — FS1 (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: The 12th of 36 races this season, the Cup series heads to Kansas before going home to Charlotte for All-Star week and then the Memorial Day weekend 600-mile race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. … This will be the 27th series race at Kansas, opened in 2001. … Kevin Harvick won this race last year but is still winless in 2019. Chase Elliott won the fall race at Kansas. … Martin Truex Jr. won Monday’s race at Dover, which was delayed a day by rain. Truex swept the two Kansas races in 2017 on his way to the championship. … Chevrolet is now 1-for-11 on the season. … With Truex’s win, Toyota has now won seven races among three drivers. Ford has won three. … *Kyle Busch leads the Cup standings with 460 points, followed by *Joey Logano (455), Harvick (397), *Denny Hamlin (383), *Truex (378), *Brad Keselowski (377), *Chase Elliott (371), Kurt Busch (347), Ryan Blaney (335) and Clint Bowyer (319) rounding out the top 10.
BEST BETS: Kyle Busch is the heavy favorite at 7/2, followed by a power quartet in Truex, Logano, Keselowski and Harvick at 7/1. Youngsters Kyle Larson, Elliott and Blaney are 10/1. Hamlin has run up front a lot and is 20/1. Jimmie Johnson has won three times at Kansas and is 25/1. Alex Bowman at 60/1 and William Byron at 80/1 are nice longshots.
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THIS WEEK: The series is taking the first of two weeks off having run 10 of 33 races. They will be back in action at Charlotte the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. … Christopher Bell won at Dover, his third win of the season. … *Tyler Reddick leads the Xfinity standings with 462 points, followed by *Bell (439), *Cole Custer (391), Austin Cindric (381), Justin Allgaier (348), Chase Briscoe (335), John Hunter Nemechek (325), Ryan Sieg (315), Noah Gragson (304) and *Michael Annett (297).
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*Denotes race winner and playoff berth


DIGITAL ALLY 250 (167 laps, 250.5 miles around a 1.5-mile D-shaped oval), Kansas Speedway; Kansas City, Kan.
TV: Friday, 8:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 8:46 p.m. ET) — FS1 (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: The Trucks are running the sixth race of 23 on the season after getting back in action last week at Dover after a five-week layoff. … This will be the 19th Truck race at the venue and the only trip the series will make to Kansas this season. … Johnny Sauter won last week at Dover for his first of the season, and he won here in 2010. … Noah Gragson won this race last season. … Grant Enfinger leads the Truck standings (241 points), followed by *Sauter (237), Stewart Friesen (230), Brett Moffitt (227), Ben Rhodes (218), Matt Crafton (204), Harrison Burton (193), *Austin Hill (191), Todd Gilliland (171), and Sheldon Creed (160).
*Denotes race winner and playoff berth. Standings per


INDYCAR GRAND PRIX (85 laps, 207.315 miles around a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course), Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Indianapolis, Ind.
TV: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 3:40 p.m. ET) — NBC (Radio: Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 214, XM 209,, and on the INDYCAR Mobile app).
THIS WEEK: The series returns to Indianapolis for the remainder of the month of May, running the road course this weekend for the fifth of 17 races on the season before taking to the mammoth 2.5-mile quad-oval for the Indy 500 on Memorial Day weekend. … This will be the sixth race in series history on the road course. … The Indy road course is a technical one, but with front and back straightaways long enough to land a jumbo jet on. Turn 1 has been especially troublesome for the cars to navigate, particularly on the first lap. The pole-winner has gone on to win the last four races at Indy, with Australia’s Will Power winning the past two years. … American Alexander Rossi won the last race at Long Beach in California, and four different drivers have won in 2019. … American Josef Newgarden leads the standings with 166 points, followed by Rossi (138), New Zealand’s Scott Dixon (133), Japan’s Takuma Sato (116) and American Ryan Hunter-Reay (96) rounding out the top five.
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SPANISH GRAND PRIX (66 laps, 190.872 miles around a 16-turn, 2.892-mile road circuit), Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya; Barcelona, Spain.
TV: Sunday, 9 a.m. ET (Green flag approx. 9:10 a.m. ET) — ESPN2 (Radio: SiriusXM Radio Channel 132).
THIS WEEK: This is the fifth of 21 races this season. … The Spanish GP dates back to 1913 in one form or another and will be run at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the 29th consecutive year since the track opened in 1991. Great Britain’s Lewis Hamilton won this race last year. … Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas won two weeks ago at Azerbaijan. … A Mercedes has won four of the last five races at Catalunya, with Max Verstappen breaking up the string in his Red Bull in 2016. … Finland’s Bottas leads the points with 87 in his Mercedes, followed by Hamilton, Mercedes (86), Germany’s Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari (52), Belgium’s Verstappen, Red Bull (51) and Monaco’s Charles Leclerc, Ferrari (47).
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THIS WEEK: The NHRA is off after seven of 24 events in 2018. Drivers are coming off the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway and head to Virginia Motorsports Park next week for the Virginia NHRA Nationals. … In Atlanta, Steve Torrence won in Top Fuel, Ron Capps in Funny Car and Andrew Hines in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Pro stock had the week off. … Torrence leads the Top Fuel standings (579 points), followed by Brittany Force (483), Doug Kalitta (464), Leah Pritchett (433) and Clay Millican (427) rounding out the top five. … Robert Hight leads Funny Car (663), followed by Matt Hagan (472), John Force (470), J.R. Todd (456) and Tommy Johnson Jr. (445). … Bo Butner is on top in Pro Stock (425), followed by Alex Laughlin (285), Matt Hartford (284), Jason Line (261) and Erica Enders (239). … Hines leads Pro Stock Motorcycle (444), followed by Eddie Krawiec (366), Hector Arana Jr. (356), Matt Smith (237) and Jerry Savoie (233).
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–By K. Lee Davis (@KdotLeeDavis), Field Level Media

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