Next Stop Phoenix International Raceway

Next stop Phoenix International Raceway for Sunday’s Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500, the next-to-last race of the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and the final stop in the three-week Eliminator Round. For the eight drivers remaining in the title hunt, there are just 312 “Miles-2-Miami.”

The twelfth edition of the post-season Chase will conclude November 22nd at Homestead-Miami Speedway, at which time only four drivers will remain in championship contention …With his victory November 1st at Martinsville Speedway, Jeff Gordon has assured himself of a spot in The Championship Four in South Florida. But at least two of the remaining berths will be filled based on the post-season point standings and right now, Martin Truex Junior and Carl Edwards are separated by just seven points in a fight for fourth place.

Five of the eight drivers remaining in the Eliminator Round of the Chase have won at least one Cup Series race in Phoenix: Gordon (in 2007 and 2011), Edwards (2010 and 2013), Kurt and Kyle Busch (both in 2005), and Kevin Harvick – who’s won the last four races on the one-mile desert oval and five of the last six dating back to the end of the 2012 season

Next Stop Bristol Motor Speedway

Next stop Bristol Motor Speeday for Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race, the fourth short-track event of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series. Matt Kenseth, the hottest driver on the circuit, returns as the favorite having won two of the last four races, including the spring race at the track earlier this season. Kyle Busch, who needs solid finishes to maintain his spot in the top-30 in points and in The Chase Grid, has not had the best luck at the Tennessee track, finishing 29th and 36th in his last two attempts. Despite the recent record, he remains a favorite to compete for the win having four victories since the resurfacing of the track in 2007.

Jeff Gordon will make his 46th and final start at the speedway on Saturday night driving his iconic rainbow colored throwback paint scheme. As part of the celebration of Gordon’s career at Bristol, artist Sam Bass has designed a special program cover and the track will hold a salute to the five time winner on lap 24 with specially designed rally towels.

The X-finity Series also visits “Thunder Valley,” for tonight’s Food City 300. Regan Smith will look to win his second straight series race, after a dramatic win last week at the road course at Mid-Ohio. He will be battling for the win not only with series regulars, but also with Sprint Cup Series drivers Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch.

Smith currently sits fourth in points behind Chris Buescher, Ty Dillon and Chase Elliott. Notably absent from the entry list is spring race winner Joey Logano.

The Camping World Truck Series has the weekend off after running Wednesday night in Bristol, where Ryan Blaney claimed the victory. There was news on Thursday with the announcement that veteran racer Alex Tagliani will rejoin Brad Keselowski Racing to drive the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 in the August 30 Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Tagliani made his NCWTS debut in 2014 for BKR at the Canadian road course capturing the pole and finishing 16th in his first and only start in the series.


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