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PREVIEW: IndyCar on the IMS road course; NASCAR at Talladega

Friday, October 2

1. NTT INDYCAR Series, Harvest GP #1, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course
• TV: SN360 at 3:30P
• The IMS road course is a 2.621 mi ‘roval’ made up of a portion of the traditional oval including the front stretch and pit lane (but run in a clockwise direction) and a road course section built in the infield.
• The Friday race is 85 laps = 207.35 mi long
• This Harvest GP double-header is new to the IndyCar calendar, created to make up for some of the race dates lost this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The most recent IndyCar race this year was the second race of the doubleheader at Mid-Ohio in September. Will Power was the dominant winner of the first race at Mid-Ohio, Colton Herta won the second race of the double header – with Rossi second and Hunter-reay third (a three-car Andretti Motorsports sweep).
• Click HERE for the entry list for Race #1 of the Harvest GP doubleheader
• Click HERE for the starting lineup of Race #1 of the Harvest GP doubleheader

Saturday, October 3

2. NASCAR (NGROTS) Trucks Chevrolet Silverado 250 at the Talladega Superspeedway
• TV: Fox Sports Racing at 12:00n
• The Talladega Superspeedway is a 2.66 mi high-banked (33°) oval, potentially the fastest on the NASCAR schedule but speeds are limited by NASCAR’s rules.
• This race is 94 laps = 250.4 mi long. Stages: 25/15/54 laps
• This is the third race of the Truck Series’ seven-race playoff schedule. It is the final race in the series’ three-race ‘Round of 10'. After this race, the top eight playoff drivers will advance to the next round, the three-race ‘Round of 8'. After those three races have been run, the top four drivers will advance to the finale at Phoenix. Of those four, the one who finishes best at Phoenix will be declared the 2020 Truck Series champion.
• Last year’s Truck Series race here was won by Spencer Boyd over Todd Gilliland and Riley Herbst. All three are entered in this year’s race; Herbst has moved on to the Xfinity Series this year, of the other two, Gilliland has the better record this year, currently sitting in tenth in points, two spots below the cut line to advance into the next playoff round.
• The most recent truck race this year was at Las Vegas last Friday. Austin Hill held off a strong attack by Sheldon Creed to take the win. Tanner Gray was second and Stewart Friesen was fourth

• Click HERE for the entry list for the Truck Series race
• Click HERE for the starting lineup for the Truck Series race

3. NTT INDYCAR Series, Harvest GP #2, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course
• TV: NBC/SN/SN360 at 2:30P
• The IMS road course is a 2.621 mi ‘roval’ made up of a portion of the traditional oval including the front stretch and pit lane (but run in a clockwise direction) and a road course section built in the infield.
• The Saturday race is 75 laps = 182.925 mi long
• This Harvest GP double-header is new to the IndyCar calendar, created to make up for some of the race dates lost this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The most recent IndyCar race this year was the first half of this doubleheader which was run on the Friday, the day before.
• Click HERE for the entry list for Race #2 of the Harvest GP doubleheader

4. NASCAR Xfinity Ag-Pro 300 at the, Talladega Superspeedway
• TV: TSN1 at 4:40P
• The Talladega Superspeedway is a 2.66 mi high-banked (33°) oval, potentially the fastest on the NASCAR schedule but speeds are limited by NASCAR’s rules.
• This race is 113 laps = 300.58 mi long. Stages: 25/25/63 laps
• This race at Talladega is the second race in the three-race ‘Round of 12'. After the third race in this round, eight drivers will advance to the second round, the three-race ‘Round of 8'. After this round, the top four playoff drivers will go on to the finale at Phoenix. The best finisher there among these four will be declared the 2020 Xfinity champion.
• The only Xfinity Series race held here last year was run in April. Tyler Reddick won the race ahead of Gray Gaulding, Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric
• The most recent race this year was the one at Ls Vegas last Saturday which was won by Chase Briscoe over Noah Gragson and Daniel Hemric. This was Briscoe’s eighth Xfinity win this year. Championship contender Cindric finished sixth.

• Click HERE for the entry list for the Xfinity Series race
• Click HERE for the starting lineup for the Xfinity Series race

 Sunday, October 4

5. NASCAR Cup Series YellaWood 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway
• TV: NBC/TSN1/3
• The Talladega Superspeedway is a 2.66 mi high-banked (33°) oval, potentially the fastest on the NASCAR schedule but speeds are limited by NASCAR’s rules.
• This race is 188 laps = 500 mi long. Stages: 60/60/68 laps
• There were two NASCAR Cup races at Talladega last year. Chase Elliott won the Spring race in April. Ryan Blaney won here in the Fall over Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin.
• The Talladega race is the fifth race in the ten-race NASCAR Cup playoffs, the second race in the ‘Round of 12'. There are three elimination rounds before the Phoenix finale in November. Kevin Harvick won two of the three races in the first round, the ‘Round of 16', while Brad Keselowski won at Richmond. Going into the three-race ‘Round of 12'. Kurt Busch was the surprise winner of the first of these three races, the Las Vegas race. This qualifies him automatically for entry into the final three-race ‘Round of 8'. The top four finishers in that round will go on to the finale at Phoenix and the top finisher there among the top four will be declared the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion.

• Click HERE for the entry list for the NASCAR Cup Series race
• Click HERE for the starting lineup for the NASCAR Cup Series race

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