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PREVIEW: November 2-3, 2019: F1 at COTA and NASCAR at Texas

PREVIEW: November 2-3, 2019: F1 at COTA and NASCAR at Texas

Saturday, November 2

1. NASCAR Xfinity O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, Texas Motor Speedway
• TV: TSN2 at 8:30P
• 1.5 mi banked oval; 150 laps = 200 laps = 300 mi; Stages: 45/45/110 laps
• Last year, here at Texas in November, Cole Custer was the race winner. Tyler Reddick was second and Austin Cindric was third
• The most recent NXS race was run at Kansas two weeks ago. Brandon Jones, a non-playoff driver, emerged as the race winner. Tyler Reddick and Chase Briscoe, both playoff-eligible drivers were second and third.
• The Texas race is the second race in the Round of Eight for the Xfinity playoff drivers. After this race and next week’s race at Phoenix, the bottom four playoff drivers will be dropped and the top four will transfer to the Homelands finale. Currently, the top four drivers are Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick and Justin Allgaier.
• Click HERE for the entry list for Saturday’s NXS race.

Sunday, November 3

2. FIA Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Circuit of the Americas
• TV: ABC/TSN5 at 2:05P
• 5.513 km road course; 56 laps = 308.405 km
• The USGP at COTA was run on October 21 in 2018. Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen was the race winner by a margin of 1.3 seconds over Max Verstappen while Lewis Hamilton was third.
• Last week at Mexico City, the two Ferraris started on the front row but Hamilton, starting on the second row, turned one less tire stop into the race win. Sebastian Vettel was second and Valtteri Bottas was third.
• Click HERE for the entry list for Sunday’s U.S. Grand Prix

3. NASCAR MENCS, AAA Texas 500, Texas Motor Speedway
• TV: TSN1/4 at 3:00P
• 1.5 mi banked oval: 334 laps = 501 mi; Stages: 85/85/164 laps
• Kevin Harvick was the winner here last November. Ryan Blaney was second and Joey Logano third – all in Fords
• Last week at Martinsville, Martin Truex won the race in dominant fashion, leading 464 of the race’s 500 laps. William Byron was a close second, finishing just 0.4 seconds behind Truex while Brad Keselowski was third, having started in 15th place.
• The Texas race is the second race in the three-race Round of Eight. After this race and the race at Phoenix next week, the bottom four drivers of the current cohort of eight playoff drivers will be dropped and the top four will go on to fight it out for the title at the Homestead finale. Going into Texas the top four in points are Truex, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano. Truex is guaranteed a transfer position in the finale based on his win at Martinsville last week.
• Click HERE for the entry list for Sunday’s MENCS race.

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