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PREVIEW: October 26-27, 2019: Mexican Grand Prix + NASCAR at Martinsville

PREVIEW: October 26-27, 2019: Mexican Grand Prix + NASCAR at Martinsville

Saturday, October 26

1. NASCAR Gander Outdoors Trucks NASCAR Hall of Fame 200, Martinsville
• TV: FSR at 1:30P
• 0.526 mi oval; 200 laps = 105.2 mi; Stages: 45/45/110 laps

• Johnny Sauter was the winner of the NGOTS race here a year ago. Brett Moffitt finished second with part-time driver Myatt Snider third.
• The previous NGOTS race was run at Talladega two weeks ago. Spencer Boyd (a part-time truck series driver who is not one of the playoff-eligible drivers) won the race over Todd Gilliland and Riley Herbst (two more non-playoff-eligible drivers). Among the playoff drivers, Moffitt was fourth, Stewart Friesen fifth and Austin Hill sixth.
• The Martinsville NGOTS race is the second in the final three-race elimination round. After the next race (Phoenix), the top four playoff drivers will transfer to the Homestead finale and the best finisher there among those four will be declared the champion.
• Click here for the Entry List for the NGOTS race at Martinsville.

Sunday, October 27

2. FIA Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City
• TV: TSN5 at 2:05P
• 4.304 km road course (includes stadium section); 71 laps/305.354 km
• Max Verstappen won last year’s race here by a margin of 17 seconds over the two Ferrari drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen. The Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas finished fourth and fifth.
• Two weeks ago in Japan, Bottas emerged as the race winner over Vettel and Hamilton. Verstappen retired early from the race after sustaining damage in a collision with Charles Leclerc at the start. After he received two penalties as a result of that incident, Leclerc was classified in seventh place.
• The 2019 season’s points battle had been more-or-less settled by now. Mercedes Benz already has enough points to be assured of the manufacturer’s title. As for the driver’s title, only Hamilton and Bottas have a mathematical chance of winning – but, of course, Hamilton, with his 64 point lead over Bottas, looks like being the champion once again this year.
• Click here for the Entry List for the Mexican Grand Prix

3. NASCAR MENCS, First Data 500, Martinsville
• TV: TSN1/5 at 3:00P
• 0.526 mi oval; 500 laps = 263 mi; Stages: 130/130/240 laps
• Last year’s MENCS winner here was Joey Logano. Denny Hamlin was second and Martin Truex was third.
• Hamlin won last week’s MENCS race at the Kansas Speedway. Chase Elliott was second and Kyle Busch finished in third place.
• This week’s MENCS race at Martinsville is the first race in the three-race ‘Round of Eight’. The eight drivers still in contention for the season-end title are: Kyle Busch, Truex, Hamlin, Logano, Kevin Harvick, Elliott, Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney. After the third race in this round (Phoenix), the top four in points will advance to the finale at Homestead.
• Click here for the Entry List for the MENCS race at Martinsville.

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