NASCAR Sprint Cup
Event: Sprint All-Star Race (113 laps over three segments of 50, 50 and 13 laps, 169.5 miles), Charlotte Motor Speedway; Concord, North Carolina.
TV: Saturday, 9 p.m., Fox Sports 1.
Then and now: NASCAR’s annual all-star event, a non-points paying exhibition race that includes a $1 million prize to the winning driver/team, returns for its yearly competition at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This will be the 32nd annual renewal of the All-Star race, with all but one edition having been hosted by CMS. ... Denny Hamlin won last year’s All-Star Race for Joe Gibbs Racing. ... Jimmie Johnson is the winningest driver in All-Star history with four wins, followed by three each from the late Dale Earnhardt and recently retired Jeff Gordon, and two wins each by the late Davey Allison, Terry Labonte and Mark Martin. All other winners have won the race just once in their career. ... Hendrick Motorsports leads all teams with eight All-Star wins, followed by four each from Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Childress Racing, and two wins each by Junior Johnson & Associates, Robert Yates Racing and Penske Racing. ... Chevrolet has won the most All-Star Races (17), followed by Ford (10), Dodge (1), Pontiac (1) and Toyota (1). ... Prior to Saturday’s main event, the Sprint Showdown will be held on Friday, with the top two finishers earning transfers into the All-Star Race. One other driver will also “transfer” into the All-Star event, that coming via the top vote-getter in the Sprint Fan Vote.
Next event: Hisense 4K TV 300 on Saturday, May 28, at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Then and now: Erik Jones captured last Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway. Darrell Wallace Jr. finished second, followed by Alex Bowman, Justin Allgaier and Ty Dillon.
Camping World Truck
Event: North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (134 laps, 201 miles), Charlotte Motor Speedway; Concord, N.C.
TV: Friday, May 20, 8:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1.
Then and now: The Truck Series returns to Charlotte for just the 14th time. Kasey Kahne, in a one-off start, won last year’s Truck race at CMS. Kyle Busch has won six of the first 13 Truck races there, including four of the last six starts. ... Two-time series champ Matt Crafton earned his first win of the season this past weekend at Dover. ... Winners thus far this season have been Johnny Sauter (Daytona), John Hunter Nemechek (Atlanta), Kyle Busch (Martinsville), William Byron (Kansas) and Matt Crafton (Dover). ... With his win at Dover, Crafton vaulted five spots in the standings to take over the Truck Series points lead (124 points). Timothy Peters is a close second at 122.
Event: Indianapolis 500 qualifying, Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Indianapolis, Indiana. TV: Saturday, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., ABC. Sunday, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., ABC. Then and now: Qualifying for the 100th running goes from 11 a.m.-5:50 p.m. Saturday. That session will lock in the first 10 starting drivers for the 500. On Sunday, drivers will qualify - or in some cases, have to qualify again if they are bumped out of the top 33 cars for the 33-car field on race day. In addition, there will be three practice sessions on each day. ... Juan Pablo Montoya is the defending winner of last year’s Indianapolis 500. ... Simon Pagenaud won this past Saturday’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis road course race at IMS. It was Pagenaud’s third consecutive win this season, following victories at Long Beach and Birmingham. ... Pagenaud (242 points) has jumped out to a commanding lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings. Defending series champion Scott Dixon is second at 166.
Next Event: Grand Prix of Monaco, Circuit de Monaco, Sunday, May 29.
Then and now: Max Verstappen stopped Nico Rosberg’s four-race winning streak by taking the Spanish Grand Prix this past Sunday.
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing
Event: NHRA Kansas Nationals, Heartland Park Topeka; Topeka, Kansas. TV: Final eliminations Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Fox Sports 1.
Then and now: Last year’s winners at Topeka were Richie Crampton (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock). ... Winners of the most recent race, last weekend at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, were Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle). Of note in last weekend’s race, Kalitta and teammate J.R. Todd raced to the closest Top Fuel finish in NHRA history, with a .0000 margin of victory for Kalitta. Also, Line continued his torrid streak in Pro Stock. He has now won four of the first six races and finished runner-up in the other two thus far. ... In the NHRA point standings, Doug Kalitta leads Top Fuel (586 points), followed by defending series champ Antron Brown (522). ... In Funny Car, Courtney Force remains No. 1 (522 points), followed by Jack Beckman (482). In Pro Stock, Jason Line continues to lead the standings (812 points), followed by teammate Greg Anderson (716). ... In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Eddie Krawiec leads the standings with 353 points, followed by defending series champ Andrew Hines (233).
Western New York
Lancaster National: IHRA Drag Racing/Quick 16, Friday, 7 p.m.; ROC Modified Queen City Clash 75, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Holland Speedway: Open Practice, Saturday, 11am-4 p.m.
Ramsomville Speedway: Street Stock Mechanics Race, Friday, 7:15 p.m.
Freedom Raceway Park: NY6A Micro Sprint Tour, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Genesee Speedway: 360 Late Model Special, Saturday, 6 p.m.
Empire Dragway: IHRA Drag Racing/4.70 Thunder, Saturday, 3 p.m.
Merrittville Speedway: Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series, Saturday, 7 p.m., Super DIRT.car Series 358 Modified Brian Stevens Memorial 100, Monday, 7 p.m.
Humberstone Speedway: RUSH Crate Late Model Tour John Puhl Memorial, Sunday, 6:30 p.m.
New Stateline Speedway: Super Sportsman 20, Saturday, 7 p.m.
Wyoming County: “Meet the Drivers” Opening Night, Saturday, 7 p.m.