NASCAR CUP SERIES
THIS WEEK: Joey Logano won the rain-delayed dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday, not a shock, but at 30/1 odds, he was far from a favorite. "To be the first team to be able to win on dirt in the Cup Series, in 50 years or so, that's something that I'm very proud of," he said. "Very proud of this team." ... Now the series takes a week off for its traditional Easter break, getting back on the track Saturday, April 10, at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. ... Denny Hamlin leads the standings with 327 points, followed by *Logano (269), *Martin Truex Jr. (247), *Kyle Larson (242), Brad Keselowski (232), *William Byron (228), *Ryan Blaney (226), Kevin Harvick (225), Chase Elliott (211), *Christopher Bell (186), Austin Dillon (186), *Michael McDowell (183), Kyle Busch (183), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (180), Kurt Busch (173) and Alex Bowman (172) making up the 16 drivers who would currently make the 10-race playoffs.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
THIS WEEK: The series takes the second of two weeks off after running the first six races of the 33-race season consecutively to open the year. ... Justin Allgaier won two weeks ago at Atlanta, his first victory of the season. ... *Austin Cindric (277) leads the standings, followed by Daniel Hemric (231), Harrison Burton (212), *AJ Allmendinger (194), Justin Haley (193), Jeb Burton (187), *Myatt Snider (179), *Allgaier (171), Jeremy Clements (165), Brandon Jones (155), Brandon Brown (142) and Riley Herbst (135) making up the current 12 drivers who would make the seven-race playoffs.
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
THIS WEEK: Cup star and former champion Martin Truex Jr. dominated the Truck race on dirt at Bristol, which was delayed by rain from Saturday to Monday. ... After five races of the 22-race schedule, the Trucks take two weeks off. ... *John Hunter Nemechek leads the Truck standings (211), followed by *Ben Rhodes (205), Sheldon Creed (190), Matt Crafton (171), Stewart Friesen (158), Austin Hill (156), Zane Smith (137), Grant Enfinger (131), Todd Gilliland (127) and Austin Wayne Self (111). 10 drivers will make the seven-race playoffs.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
THIS WEEK: The 2021 season starts April 18 in Birmingham, Alabama, at Barber Motorsports Park. There are 17 races on the schedule.
THIS WEEK: The 2021 season kicked off in style last week at Bahrain, with defending and seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes holding off Red Bull's Max Verstappen in a wheel-to-wheel battle to the finish line, the winning margin just 0.745 seconds. ... With the Chinese Grand Prix canceled, the series heads next to Rome, Italy, on April 18 for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit. ... Great Britain's Hamilton leads the standings with 25 points, followed by Belgium's Verstappen (18), Finland's Valtteri Bottas (16) in a Mercedes, Britain's Lando Norris (12) in a McLaren and Mexico's Sergio Perez (10) in a Red Bull rounding out the top five.
NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
THIS WEEK: The NHRA kicked off the season at the Gatornationals in Florida from March 11-14, with Josh Hart winning in Top Fuel, JR Todd in Funny Car, Greg Anderson in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle. ... With the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., currently on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic, next up is the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, scheduled from April 16-18. ... The NHRA has 21 events on this year's schedule. ... Hart leads the Top Fuel standings (113 points), followed by Shawn Langdon (94), with Antron Brown and Justin Ashley tied for third (72). ... Todd leads Funny Car (114), with Robert Hight (95) and Cruz Pedregon (73) his nearest pursuers. ... Greg Anderson leads Pro Stock (123), with Troy Coughlin Jr. (93) and Deric Kramer (77) behind him. ... Smith leads the Motorcycles (119), with Ryan Oehler (96) and Steve Johnson (74) giving chase.
--By K. Lee Davis, Field Level Media