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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).


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