Auto Racing Glance

10/6/2021 12:20:44 PM EST

NASCAR CUP SERIES: BANK OF AMERICA ROVAL 400 (109 laps, 248.54 miles (399.99 kilometers) around a 2.4-mile, 17-turn infield road course), Charlotte Motor Speedway; Concord, N.C.
TV: Sunday, 2 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 2:16 p.m. ET) -- NBC (Radio: Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: Bubba Wallace got an emotional win in the rain-shortened race at Talladega on Monday -- just the second for a Black driver in series history -- but that did little to straighten out the playoff picture. ... The win was Wallace's first in the series and the first for 23XI Racing, the team started by friends Michael Jordan (yes, that Michael Jordan) and Cup racer Denny Hamlin. "I know a lot of history was made today, I believe, which is really cool." Wallace said "But it's about my guys, about our team, what we've done. Appreciate Michael Jordan, appreciate Denny for believing in me, giving me an opportunity." ... With one race to go before the 12 drivers still alive in the playoffs get cut down to eight after Sunday's race at the Charlotte Roval, the pressure is on. ... The track takes a circuitous line through the Charlotte infield on the road course and uses part of the D-shaped oval to make it a "roval." ... This is the 32nd of 36 races on the season, and the fourth ever on the Roval. The series heads to Texas next week. ... Chase Elliott won this race the past two seasons. ... A win at Charlotte gets a driver already in the playoffs into the next round. ... *Hamlin leads the points with 3,116, followed by Kyle Larson (3,097), Joey Logano (3,096), Brad Keselowski (3,095), Martin Truex Jr. (3,095), Ryan Blaney (3,090), Elliott (3,084), Kyle Busch (3,084), Kevin Harvick (3,075), Christopher Bell (3,056), William Byron (3,040) and Alex Bowman (3,032).
BEST BETS: Elliott won the past two races on the Roval, and he's the heavy favorite to do it again at 11/5. Larson is also popular at 9/2. Truex is at 7/1 and Kyle Busch wraps up the group at 10/1 or better, coming in at 10/1. 2018 winner Blaney is a bargain at 22/1. Daniel Suarez at 100/1 is worth a flyer.

*Denotes race win and place in the next round of the playoffs. Standings per NASCAR.com.

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: DRIVE FOR THE CURE 250 (67 laps, 160.8 miles (258.78 kilometers) around a 2.4-mile, 17-turn infield road course), Charlotte Motor Speedway; Concord, N.C.
TV: Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 3:16 p.m. ET) -- NBC (Radio: Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: Brandon Brown spoiled the show for the playoff drivers at Talladega, but it was a great day for he and his team to earn the first career win for Brandonbilt Motorsports. ... With the playoff drivers 0-for-2 in the Round of 12, three drivers will qualify for the Round of 8 next week based on points, not a race win. ... Any current playoff driver with a win at Texas next week makes the next round. ... This will be the 29th of 33 races on the season and the fourth held at the Charlotte Roval, the first coming in 2018. ... A.J. Allmendinger won this race the past two seasons. ... Austin Cindric leads the points (2,131), followed by Justin Allgaier (2,109), Daniel Hemric (2,095), Allmendinger (2,087), Justin Haley (2,078), Brandon Jones (2,075), Noah Gragson (2,072), Harrison Burton (2,062), Jeb Burton (2,054), Myatt Snider (2,038), Riley Herbst (2,030) and Jeremy Clements (2,014) making the 12 drivers in the playoffs.

*Standings per NASCAR.com.

NASCAR GANDER OUTDOORS TRUCK SERIES
THIS WEEK: Drivers still in the playoffs get one more chance to make the Championship Race, but not until Oct. 30 at Martinsville. ... Tate Fogleman led one lap at Talladega on Saturday, but it was the right one, and he won his first series race. ... That means the eight drivers still alive in the playoffs head to Martinsville 0-for-2 in the Round of 8, so three drivers will qualify for the title race based on points, not a race win. ... Any current playoff driver with a win at Martinsville makes the Championship 4. ... John Hunter Nemechek (3,105) leads the standings, followed by Ben Rhodes (3,104 points), Matt Crafton (3,079), Sheldon Creed (3,074), Stewart Friesen (3,069), Chandler Smith (3,040), Carson Hocevar (3,037) and Zane Smith (3,034).

*Standings per NASCAR.com.

NTT DATA INDYCAR SERIES
THIS WEEK: The season ended two weeks ago at Long Beach, Calif., and Spain's Alex Palou was crowned champion. ... The series returns on Feb. 27, 2022 at St. Petersburg, Fla., to kick off a 17-event season.

FORMULA ONE: TURKISH GRAND PRIX (59 laps, 192.250 miles around a 3.317-mile, 14-turn permanent road course), Istanbul Park Circuit; Istanbul, Turkey.
TV: Sunday, 8 a.m. ET (Green flag approx. 8:10 a.m. ET) -- ESPN2 (Radio: SiriusXM Radio Channel 132).
THIS WEEK: Lewis Hamilton dominated in Sochi, Russia, two weeks ago, beating Max Verstappen by 52.271 seconds in the 15th event of the season. ... The Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul is up this weekend, leaving seven events to decide the championship between the rivals. ... The Istanbul Park Circuit is a Hermann Tilke design, and considered to be one of his best. Turn 8 in particular is a challenging, fast, bumpy, downhill left-hand traverse that is one of the most challenging in the sport. ... This will be the ninth Turkish Grand Prix, with races held from 2005-11, and then again last year and this year. Hamilton won here last year, earning his seventh world title with the win. ... Great Britain's Hamilton (246.5) is in the series lead for Mercedes, with Belgium's Verstappen second (244.5 points) for Red Bull. Finland's Valtteri Bottas (151) in a Mercedes is third, followed by Britain's Lando Norris (139) in a McLaren with Mexico's Sergio Perez (120) in a Red Bull rounding out the top five.

*Standings per F1.com.

NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION: TEXAS NHRA FALLNATIONALS, Friday-Sunday, at Texas Motorplex; Ennis, Texas.
TV: Eliminations, Sunday, 4:30-7:30 p.m. ET FS1
THIS WEEK: Three rounds of the playoffs are in the books and four remain, with the Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex outside Dallas on tap. ... Winners at Madison, Ill., two weeks ago were Steve Torrence in Top Fuel, Matt Hagan in Funny Car and Erica Enders in Pro Stock. Pro Stock Motorcycle had the weekend off. ... Torrence leads Top Fuel (2,373 points), followed by Brittany Force (2,337) and Billy Torrence (2,247). ... Hagan took over the Funny Car lead (2,354), followed by Ron Capps (2,295) and John Force (2,282). ... Greg Anderson (2,394) leads Pro Stock, followed by Enders (2,377) and Kyle Koretsky (2,297). ... Steve Johnson (2,272) leads Pro Stock Motorcycle, followed by Angelle Sampey (2,255) and Matt Smith (2,242).

*Standings per NHRA.com.

--By K. Lee Davis, Field Level Media

NFL

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 19:50:21 EST Report: Cowboys S Damontae Kazee arrested for drunk driving
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 18:46:10 EST Giants place LT Andrew Thomas (ankle) on IR
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 16:58:44 EST Colts waive backup QB Jacob Eason
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 17:21:44 EST Broncos' Teddy Bridgewater (foot) expected to play vs. Browns
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 14:45:18 EST Texans release DE Whitney Mercilus
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 13:49:47 EST Ravens OT Ronnie Stanley needs season-ending surgery
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 17:18:07 EST Browns QB Baker Mayfield determined to play despite injury
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 12:33:56 EST Report: Bills TE Dawson Knox broke hand against Titans
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 11:31:31 EST Report: Titans rookie CB Caleb Farley (ACL) out for season
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 10:57:21 EST Jaguars cut veteran K Josh Lambo

MLB

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 14:29:17 EST Braves' new world? Atlanta enters NLCS Game 3 as World Series favorite
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 12:46:28 EST Yankees’ DJ Lemahieu has surgery to repair sports hernia
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 09:53:38 EST Yankees bring back manager Aaron Boone on a new contract
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 02:18:37 EST Astros search for answers to Red Sox's ALCS onslaught
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 00:40:52 EST Red Sox slam Astros again, grab 2-1 ALCS lead
Mon, 18 Oct 2021 20:21:31 EST Braves' 2-0 lead vs. Dodgers is hardly comfortable
Mon, 18 Oct 2021 19:21:52 EST Shoulder surgery not expected for Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr.
Mon, 18 Oct 2021 15:35:50 EST Mets' GM search goes on without Billy Beane, David Stearns
Mon, 18 Oct 2021 13:12:00 EST More fireworks expected as Astros visit Red Sox for Game 3
Mon, 18 Oct 2021 13:09:20 EST Darnell Coles joins Nationals as hitting coach

NBA

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 19:56:14 EST Evan Mobley to debut when Cavs face up-and-coming Grizzlies
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 18:55:32 EST No Ben Simmons, no Zion Williamson as Sixers and Pelicans meet
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 17:54:21 EST Serge Ibaka (back) to miss Clippers' opener on Thursday
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 15:31:58 EST Ime Udoka, Celtics begin new era against Knicks
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 15:48:00 EST Raptors start post-Kyle Lowry era vs. revamped Wizards
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 15:14:28 EST Pistons hope to have Cade Cunningham when they run with Bulls
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 15:06:52 EST Sixers suspend Ben Simmons for one game
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 14:07:22 EST Books like Michael Porter Jr. as Most Improved, Rudy Gobert DPOY
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 11:43:31 EST NBA bets pile up on Lakers' title, Luka for MVP
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 13:16:01 EST Rick Carlisle tips off second stint with Pacers in opener vs. Hornets

NHL

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 16:53:38 EST Devils activate Damon Severson, put Mackenzie Blackwood on IR
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 15:24:00 EST Avs' Nathan MacKinnon out of COVID protocol, to face Caps
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 15:10:16 EST Blues' Pavel Buchnevich to have hearing with NHL
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 13:25:35 EST Flyers hope to have Rasmus Ristolainen back against Bruins
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 01:58:52 EST Oilers rolling on both ends of ice entering matchup with Ducks
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 01:27:59 EST NHL roundup: 5-goal period carries Blues past Coyotes
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 01:33:44 EST Kraken conclude back-to-back against rested Devils
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 01:15:03 EST Jordan Kyrou, Klim Kostin put on show as Blues outscore Coyotes
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 01:11:50 EST Jamie Drysdale's OT goal caps Ducks' rally past Flames
Mon, 18 Oct 2021 22:19:13 EST Flyers manhandle Kraken in first get-together