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Auto Racing Glance

Field Level Media
14 Apr 2021, 10:40 GMT+10

NASCAR CUP SERIES: TOYOTA OWNERS 400 (400 laps, 300 miles around a .75-mile D-shaped oval), Richmond Raceway; Richmond, Va.

TV: Sunday, 3 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 3:13 p.m. ET) - FOX (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).

THIS WEEK: Martin Truex Jr. won the rain-delayed race at Martinsville. Richmond is on tap for the 129th series race in its storied history. This will be the ninth of 36 series races this season. ... Brad Keselowski won this race last year, but Truex swept the two in 2019. ... Denny Hamlin leads the standings with 379 points, followed by Truex (303), Joey Logano (302), Kyle Larson (280), Ryan Blaney (272), William Byron (270), Chase Elliott (260), Kevin Harvick (253), Keselowski (244), Christopher Bell (217), Kyle Busch (212), Austin Dillon (209), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (202), Chris Buescher (192), Kurt Busch (190) and Michael McDowell (189) making up the 16 drivers who would currently make the 10-race playoffs.

Denotes race winner and playoff berth. Standings per NASCAR.com.

BEST BETS: Martin Truex Jr. is the favorite at 4/1 coming off his win at Martinsville, followed by Brad Keselowski at 6/1. Denny Hamlin is 13/2 with Joey Logano at 15/2. Chase Elliott is at 17/2, with Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson at 10/1. Austin Dillon has a shot at 35/1, and if you just have to have a long shot, keep an eye on Ryan Preece at 350/1.

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

THIS WEEK: Josh Berry won his first career race last week at Martinsville and Noah Gragson finished second to grab the top prize in the Dash 4 Cash race against his fellow qualifiers Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger and Harrison Burton. That added $100,000 to Gragson's haul for the day. ... Now the series takes a week off before the second Dash 4 Cash races next week at Talladega, the eighth of 33 races scheduled this season. Darlington follows on May 8, with the Dash 4 Cash portion of the season concluding May 15 at Dover. ... Austin Cindric (317) leads the standings, followed by Daniel Hemric (275), Burton (242), Justin Haley (230), Jeb Burton (221), Allmendinger (218), Myatt Snider (206), Allgaier (199), Jeremy Clements (198), Brandon Jones (187), Gragson (168) and Michael Annett (168) making up the current 12 drivers who would make the seven-race playoffs.

Denotes race winner and playoff berth. Standings per NASCAR.com.

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES: TOYOTA CARE 250 (250 laps, 187.5 miles around a .75-mile D-shaped oval), Richmond Raceway; Richmond, Va.

TV: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 1:43 p.m. ET) - FS1 (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).

THIS WEEK: The Trucks are back for the sixth race on the 22-race schedule. ... This will be the 13th series race at the track after a return last year, a race won by Grant Enfinger. ... 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), Enfinger (131), Todd Gilliland (127) and Austin Wayne Self (111). 10 drivers will make the seven-race playoffs.

Denotes race winner and playoff berth. Standings per NASCAR.com.

NTT INDYCAR SERIES: HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA (90 laps, 214.2 miles around a 16-turn 2.3-mile permanent road circuit), Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala.

TV: Sunday, 3 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 3:10 p.m. ET) - NBC (Radio: Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 214, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR Mobile app).

THIS WEEK: The series is back at Alabama for the first of 17 races this season. ... The race was last run in 2019 as last year's edition was canceled due to COVID-19. ... Barber Motorsports Park is a tight and technical course which favors the pole-sitter and the leader because there are so few passing zones. ... This will be the 11th series race at the track, and Josef Newgarden won it last.

FORMULA ONE: EMILIA ROMAGNA GRAND PRIX (63 laps, 192.15 miles around a 3.05-mile 19-turn permanent road course), Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari; Imola, Italy.

TV: Sunday, 8:55 a.m. ET (Green flag approx. 9:10 a.m. ET) - ESPN/WatchESPN (Radio: SiriusXM Radio Channel 132).

THIS WEEK: The series is back in action after a two-week layoff for the second race at Imola since 2006. ... Defending and seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes beat Red Bull's Max Verstappen in the season opening Bahrain GP. ... The Ferrari circuit is a long and fast one and it runs counter-clockwise, an unusual sight in all of racing. ... It is also the site of one of the darkest weekends in racing history, when driver Roland Ratzenberger was killed in Saturday qualifying and Ayrton Senna - considered an all-time great - was killed in the race Sunday in 1994. ... This is the second of 24 scheduled races on the season. ... 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: DENSO SPARK PLUGS NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS, Friday-Sunday, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; Las Vegas, Nev.

TV: Eliminations, Sunday, 12-3 p.m. ET FOX (live)

THIS WEEK: The series is back in action after a five-week layoff for the second of 21 events on this year's schedule. ... Josh Hart leads the Top Fuel standings (113 points), followed by Shawn Langdon (94), with Antron Brown and Justin Ashley tied for third (72). ... J.R. 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. ... Matt Smith leads the Motorcycles (119), with Ryan Oehler (96) and Steve Johnson (74) giving chase.

--By K. Lee Davis, Field Level Media

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