Fuel & Tires: Bristol and Pocono on tap for NASCAR, IndyCar

 

Coming off a weekend where only one series was on track, we've got the NASCAR folks at Bristol while IndyCar returns to the “tricky triangle” of Pocono Raceway.

NASCAR ACTION AT BRISTOL

The top three NASCAR series all hit Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee this weekend for what promises to be some wild races. Here's a quick rundown:

—The Camping World Truck Series held the UNOH 200 last night with Ben Kennedy winning his first career race. Kennedy passed points leader William Byron with 19 laps to go to win in his 63rd career start. Byron finished fourth.

—Points leader Matt Crafton's engine expired after only 70 laps, resulting in a last-place finish for Crafton, his worst finish of the year. Janesville native Travis Kvapil finished 25th.

—The Xfinity Series will hold the Food City 300 on Friday night with Cup regulars Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch in the field. Kvapil will also attempt to qualify in the No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Ford. Kvapil has started four races with that team this season with a best finish of 25th.

—Erik Jones won the spring race at Bristol and sits fourth in the drivers' standings, 52 points behind leader Elliot Sadler.

—The Sprint Cup Series will hold the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on Saturday with Jeff Gordon back in the No. 88, subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

—Joey Logano has won the last two August races at Bristol while Matt Kenseth has won this race three times, more than any other active driver.

—Coverage of the Food City 300 starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday on USA Network while coverage of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race starts at 7 p.m. Saturday on NBC Sports Network.

INDYCAR RETURNS TO POCONO

The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to Pocono Raceway for Sunday's ABC Supply 500. It's the first race back at the track since Justin Wilson was killed during last year's race when he was hit in the head with debris from another car. Needless to say, that will be on a lot of drivers' minds this weekend.

—Points leader Simon Pagenaud renewed his presence by winning the last race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, beating his Penske Racing teammate Will Power. Power, who is second in points, has two fourth-place finishes in three starts at Pocono while Pagenaud has a pair of sixth-place finishes in three starts.

—Defending race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay has had a season to forget, as has his Andretti Autosport team. Besides Alexander Rossi's Indianapolis 500 win with sister team Andretti Herta Autosport, the team has only four podium finishes among four drivers through twelve races. Marco Andretti has finished no better than ninth all season. Perhaps Hunter-Reay can repeat at Pocono to give the team a badly needed shot in the arm before the final three races of the season.

—Coverage of the ABC Supply 500 starts at 2 p.m. Sunday on NBC Sports Network.

LOCAL RACES

Madison International Speedway will hold 'The Howie 50' SLM Triple Crown Challenge Title Round, a 50-lap Super Late Model feature in addition to the Midwest Truck Series, Legend and 6Shooter features. Racing starts at 7 p.m. Friday.

Rockford Speedway will have Late Model, American Short Tracker, Original Sixers Hornets features as well as Spec Drags starting at 7 p.m. Saturday.

—The Badgerland Challenge Series Finale will start at 7 p.m. Saturday at Jefferson Speedway.

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