NASCAR Sprint Cup
Event: Federated Auto Parts 400 (400 laps, 300 miles), Richmond International Raceway; Richmond, Va.
TV: Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. − NBC (Radio: Motor Racing Network/SiriusXM Channel 90).
Then and now: This will be the 121st Sprint Cup race held at Richmond. Matt Kenseth won this race last year, while Carl Edwards won this year’s spring race there. ... This is the final race before the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Thirteen drivers have qualified with wins and being in the top 30 in points, leaving three open spots remaining to fill out the 16-driver Chase field. Entering Richmond, Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon and Jamie McMurray are in the Chase. However, Ryan Newman still has a chance to knock one of those three out and make the Chase. If a winless driver wins at Richmond, that would also put him or her into the Chase. ... Martin Truex Jr. won last Sunday’s throwback-themed Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. It was Truex’s second win of the season. ... Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced last week that he will not return to racing this season due concussion-like symptoms, but plans to be back in his No. 88 Chevrolet for the 2017 season-opening Daytona 500. ... Drivers who have won at least once in the first 22 races: Brad Keselowski (4 wins), Kyle Busch (4), Carl Edwards (2), Jimmie Johnson (2), Matt Kenseth (2), Denny Hamlin (2), Kevin Harvick (2) and one win each by Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Tony Stewart, Chris Buescher and Kyle Larson. ... Kevin Harvick (840 points) remains atop the Sprint Cup points standings. Brad Keselowski is second (797), followed by Joey Logano (752), Carl Edwards (746), Denny Hamlin (729), Kurt Busch (728), Kyle Busch (727), Martin Truex Jr. (696), Matt Kenseth (669) and Chase Elliott (659).
Event: Virginia529 College Savings 250 (250 laps, 187.5 miles), Richmond International Raceway; Richmond, Va.
TV: Friday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. − NBC (Radio: Motor Racing Network/SiriusXM Channel 90).
Then and now: Saturday will mark the 66th time the Xfinity Series has raced at Richmond. Chase Elliott won this race last year, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. won this year’s spring race in April. ... Elliott Sadler won last Saturday’s race at Darlington and dedicated the victory to his boss, sidelined Sprint Cup driver and co-team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. ... ... Elliott Sadler (815 points) remains No. 1 in the Xfinity Series points standings. Daniel Suarez (761) is second, followed by Justin Allgaier (750), Ty Dillon (742), Brendan Gaughan (732), Erik Jones (713), Brennan Poole (705), Brandon Jones (684), Darrell Wallace Jr. (630) and Ryan Reed (596).
Camping World Truck
Event: The series is off this weekend. It resumes on Sept. 16 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Then and now: John Hunter Nemechek won last Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park outside Toronto in a wild finish. Nemechek forced leader Cole Custer off the track and into the grass and continued on for his second win of the season. Custer was incensed at the move and tackled Nemechek, who was waiting for the checkered flag at the finish line. Custer led 39 laps and finished second. ... William Byron remains in the Truck Series points lead (402), followed by Daniel Hemric (374) and Johnny Sauter (356).
Event: The series is off this weekend. It resumes for the final race of the season at Sonoma, Calif., on Sept. 18.
Then and now: Last Sunday marked the return of Indy cars to the Watkins Glen International road course for the first time since 2010. Scott Dixon won the race in dominating fashion, his fourth win in the seven times the series has visited WGI (he also won from 2005-2007). ... It’s all but a two-driver battle for the championship with Sonoma looming. Simon Pagenaud continues to lead (555) with a 43-point edge over Team Penske teammate Will Power (512).
Next Event: Singapore Grand Prix, Singapore, Sept. 18.
Last Event: Nico Rosberg won the Italian Grand Prix in Monza Sunday. He is two points behind Lewis Hamilton, 250-248, in the driver standings.
Event: The series is off this weekend. Action resumes with the start of the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs on Sept. 16-18 at zMAX Dragway in suburban Charlotte.
Then and now: Last week’s biggest race of the season, the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, t was also the last chance for drivers to qualify for the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs that begin Sept. 16 in Charlotte. ... Tony Schumacher won the Traxxas Shootout for Top Fuel racers, while Courtney Force won the Traxxas Shootout for Funny Cars. Both drivers earned $100,000 for their victories. ... Schumacher also won the U.S. Nationals’ Top Fuel class for a record 10th time in 21 years. Other winners of the sport’s most prestigious race were Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Chris McGaha (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle). ... Aaron Strong pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Pro Stock history when he defeated Victor Nobile in the delayed final round of Pro Stock from the Seattle race. The round was moved to Indianapolis for completion. It was Strong’s first career Pro Stock win in only his ninth race in the class. ... Points - Top Fuel: 1. Antron Brown 2,110; 2. Doug Kalitta 2,080; 3. Steve Torrence 2,070.; Funny Car: 1. Ron Capps 2,110; 2. Del Worsham 2,080; 3. Matt Hagan 2,070.; Pro Stock: 1. Jason Line 2,110; 2. Greg Anderson 2,080; 3. Bo Butner 2,070. Pro Stock Motorcycle: 1. Andrew Hines 2,110 points; 2. Eddie Krawiec 2,080; 3. Angelle Sampey 2,070.
Lancaster National: Drag Racing, Off Week; Stock Car Championship Night, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Holland Speedway: Crash-A-Rama, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Ransomville Speedway: Super DIRT.car Sportsman Series, Friday, 7:15 p.m.
Freedom Motorsports Park: Championship Night, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; 600 Micro Sprint For A Cure, Saturday, 5 p.m.
Genesee Speedway: Off-Week.
Empire Dragway: Off Week.
Merrittville Speedway: SOS Sprints, Friday, 7 p.m.; Super DIRT.car Sportsman Series, Saturday, 7 p.m.; Enduro 100, Sunday, 12:30 p.m.
Humberstone Speedway: Super DIRT.car Series Trevor Wilkens Memorial, Sunday, 6:30 p.m.
Wyoming County: Off Week.