Starting Line / This week’s racing
Monster Energy Cup Event: Food City 500 (500 laps, 266.5 miles around a .533-mile oval), Bristol Motor Speedway; Bristol, Tenn. TV: Sunday, 2 p.m., FS1. This week: The eighth of 36 races on the season, the Cup series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway, the half-mile bullring legendary for rough racing and hurt feelings . ... Chevrolet still hasn’t won a race this season, but with horsepower less critical at Bristol than many tracks, this would be a likely time to start . ... Denny Hamlin got his second win of the season at Texas in a Toyota Supra, joining teammate Kyle Busch and Ford Mustang driver Brad Keselowski as two-time winners in the series this season . ... Three of the last four races have been won by a Toyota, and the Toyotas have a 4-3 lead overall . ... This will be the 117th race at Bristol, with Busch winning this race last spring and brother Kurt Busch last fall . ... Kyle Busch leads the Cup standings with 310 points, followed by Hamlin (302), Kevin Harvick (277), Joey Logano (275), Aric Almirola (245), Keselowski (237), Martin Truex Jr. (232), Ryan Blaney (219), Chase Elliott (218) and Kurt Busch (213) rounding out the top 10.
Alsco 300 (300 laps, 159.9 miles around a .533-mile oval), Bristol Motor Speedway; Bristol, Tenn. TV: Saturday, 1 p.m., FS1. This week: The eighth of 33 races on the season, tight and short Bristol will be a major contrast from last week at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway . ... This will be the 74th series race at Bristol . ... Ryan Preece won this race last year, with Kyle Larson winning in the fall, but Justin Allgaier is the only fulltime Xfinity driver with a win in the series at the track, and that was back in 2010 . ... Kyle Busch won last week at Texas . ... Tyler Reddick leads the Xfinity standings with 268 points, followed by Christopher Bell (256), Cole Custer (226), Michael Annett (209), Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup standings with 310 points.
Austin Cindric (209), Allgaier (204), Brandon Jones (194), Noah Gragson (191), Ryan Sieg (190) and John Hunter Nemechek (179). Event: Hondy Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (90 laps, 214.2 miles around a 16-turn 2.3-mile permanent road circuit), Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala. TV: Sunday, 4 p.m., NBCSN. This week: The series is back at Alabama for the third of 17 races this season following a week off after the inaugural series race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. ... Barber Motorsports Park is a tight and technical course that favors the pole-sitter and the leader because there are so few passing zones . ... This will be the 10th series race at the track, and Josef Newgarden won
it last year . ... Colton Herta was the surprise winner at Austin, and at 18 years, 359 days old, was the youngest winner ever in a series with more than 100 years of history. He is the son of team owner, former driver and fan favorite Bryan Herta . ... Newgarden leads the standings (93 points), followed by Herta (75), Scott Dixon (57), Alexander Rossi (53) and Graham Rahal (50). This week: The series is off after two of 21 races, with Lewis Hamilton winning at Bahrain in his Mercedes . ... The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai looms on April 14 . ... Finland’s Valtteri Bottas leads the standings in his Mercedes (44 points), followed by Great Britain’s Hamilton, Mercedes (43), Belgium’s Max Verstappen, Red Bull (27), Monaco’s
NHRA Drag Racing
Denso Spark Plug NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Friday-Sunday, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.
TV: Eliminations, Sunday, 5:30 p.m., FS1.
This week: The NHRA is back for the fourth of 24 events in 2019 with the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas . ... Winners two weeks ago at the Gatornationals were Richie Crampton in Top Fuel, Robert Hight in Funny Car, Bo Butner in Pro Stock and Andrew Hines in the season debut of Pro Stock Motorcycle . ... Winners in this event last year were Steve Torrence in Top Fuel, J.R. Todd in Funny Car and Vincent Nobile in Pro Stock. The motorcycles were off last year but are back in action this week. ... Doug Kalitta leads the Top Fuel standings (246 points), followed by Leah Pritchett (204), Torrence (197), Billy Torrence (178) and Crampton (178) rounding out the top five. ... Hight leads Funny Car (330), followed by Jack Beckman (225), Matt Hagan (215), John Force (200) and Tommy Johnson Jr. (191) . ... Butner is on top in Pro Stock (301), followed by Alex Laughlin (229), Jason Line (189), Erica Enders (186) and Matt Hartford (185). ... Hines leads Pro Stock Motorcycle (124), followed by Eddie Krawiec (106), Hector Arana Jr. (76) Joey Gladstone (72) and Matt Smith (63).