NASCAR CUP SERIES: GOODYEAR 400 (293 laps, 391.4 miles around a 1.336-mile egg-shaped oval), Darlington Raceway; Darlington, S.C.
TV: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 3:50 p.m. ET) -- FS1 (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: It's off to the "Track Too Tough To Tame" for the 12th of 36 races on the season. ... This will be the 120th series race at the track, which played host to its first NASCAR race in 1950. ... Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick -- both winless this season -- won here last year. ... Kyle Busch won for the first time this season last week at Kansas. ... Hamlin leads the standings with 481 points, followed by *Martin Truex Jr. (394), *William Byron (385), *Joey Logano (373), *Ryan Blaney (370), *Brad Keselowski (366), Chase Elliott (349), Harvick (348), *Kyle Larson (337), *Busch (330), Austin Dillon (295), *Christopher Bell (292), *Michael McDowell (268), *Alex Bowman (260), Chris Buescher (258) and Matt DiBenedetto (250) making up the top 16 in points and into the playoffs.
BEST BETS: Kyle Larson is the favorite at 9/2 despite never winning at the track. Denny Hamlin is at 6/1, just ahead of Kevin Harvick at 7/1. Martin Truex Jr. at 15/2 leads Kyle Busch (8/1), Brad Keselowski (9/1) and Chase Elliott (10/1) of those drivers at 10/1 or better. Michael McDowell has been running strong all season and is worth a look at 150/1.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: STEAKHOUSE ELITE 200 (147 laps, 200.8 miles around a 1.336-mile egg-shaped oval), Darlington Raceway; Darlington, S.C.
TV: Saturday, 1 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 1:20 p.m. ET) -- FS1 (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: The series took a week off but gets back in action Saturday at Darlington. ... This will be the 62nd series race at the track and the ninth of 33 races this season. ... Chase Briscoe won the spring race here last year, with Brandon Jones winning in September. ... This is the third of the four Dash 4 Cash races this season, with Noah Gragson, Jeb Burton, Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger vying for the $100,000 bonus for being the top finisher among the four at Darlington. Gragson has taken home the bonus from the first two dash races at Martinsville and Talladega. ... *Cindric (367) leads the standings, followed by Daniel Hemric (308), Harrison Burton (275), *Jeb Burton (270), Justin Haley (269), *Allmendinger (257), *Myatt Snider (239), Jeremy Clements (221), *Justin Allgaier (217), Gragson (217), Jones (198) and Brandon Brown (191) making up the 12 drivers who would currently make the playoffs.
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES: LIFTKIT4LESS.COM 200 (147 laps, 200.8 miles around a 1.336-mile egg-shaped oval), Darlington Raceway; Darlington, S.C.
TV: Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 7:50 p.m. ET) -- FS1 (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: The Trucks are headed to Darlington after Kyle Busch dominated last week at Kansas. ... This will be the eighth race for the series at the track and is the eighth of 22 races this season. ... *John Hunter Nemechek leads the Truck standings (320), followed by *Ben Rhodes (287), Austin Hill (242), Sheldon Creed (237), Stewart Friesen (215), Matt Crafton (209), Zane Smith (201), Todd Gilliland (200), Grant Enfinger (199) and Johnny Sauter (169). 10 drivers will make the seven-race playoffs.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
THIS WEEK: The series takes a week off after the weekend doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway, where New Zealand's Scott Dixon won Saturday night and Mexico's Pato O'Ward on Sunday. ... Next up is the GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on May 15th. ... Dixon leads the standings in his Honda-powered Dallara (153 points), followed by O'Ward in a Chevrolet (131), Spain's Alex Palou (127) in his Honda, Josef Newgarden (116) in a Chevrolet and Graham Rahal in a Honda (107) rounding out the top five.
FORMULA ONE: SPANISH GRAND PRIX (66 laps, 190.872 miles around a 16-turn, 2.892-mile road circuit), Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya; Barcelona, Spain.
TV: Sunday, 9 a.m. ET (Green flag approx. 9:10 a.m. ET) -- ESPN (Radio: SiriusXM Radio Channel 132).
THIS WEEK: This is the fourth of 23 races this season. ... The Spanish GP dates back to 1913 in one form or another and will be run at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the 31st consecutive year since the track opened in 1991. Great Britain's Lewis Hamilton won this race last year. ... Belgium's Max Verstappen won three weeks ago in Rome. ... A Mercedes has won six of the last seven races at Catalunya, with Verstappen breaking up the string in his Red Bull in 2016. Hamilton has won the past four Spanish GP's and five of even. ... Hamilton leads the standings in his Mercedes with 69 points, ahead of Verstappen (61) in his Red Bull, with Britain's Lando Norris (37) in a McLaren Mercedes in third, Finland's Valtteri Bottas (32) in a Mercedes fourth and Monaco's Charles Leclerc (28) in a Ferrari fifth.
CAMPING WORLD NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
THIS WEEK: The straight-liners take a week off after having what was touted as the final event at Atlanta Dragway. ... Next up is the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C., next week. ... Winners at Atlanta were Antron Brown in Top Fuel, Bob Tasca III in Funny Car, Greg Anderson in Pro Stock and Scotty Pollacheck in Pro Stock Motorcycle. ... Steve Torrence leads the Top Fuel standings (286 points), followed by Brown (258) and Shawn Langdon (221). ... Tasca leads Funny Car (307), with J.R. Todd (247) and Matt Hagan (207) his nearest pursuers. ... Anderson leads Pro Stock (311), with Erica Enders (232) and Deric Kramer (229) behind him. ... Matt Smith (276) leads the Motorcycles, with Pollacheck (273) and Ryan Oehler (262) giving chase.
--By K. Lee Davis, Field Level Media