Roger Diez: Have fun independence with highway programs


Roger Diez

Roger Diez

With rain and lightning delays, the NASCAR Cup Ally 400 at Nashville final Sunday lasted almost seven hours, an hour longer than the IMSA Weathertech Sequence Six Hours on the Glen. Chase Elliott received, turning into NASCAR’s fifth two-time winner this season. The victory extends Elliott’s common season level result in 586, 30 factors away from Ross Chastain in second.
Final weekend additionally noticed the second of the SRX short-track sequence for former and present stars. This one went to Tony Stewart and featured bent bodywork and frayed tempers. Michael Waltrip and Paul Tracy had been ready within the pits to have a “chat” with Ryan Hunter-Reay after he took them each out. Count on some payback in Saturday’s contest airing on CBS at 5 p.m.
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The Independence Day weekend is an all-road-course competition. NASCAR is at Street America, IndyCar at Mid-Ohio, Formulation 1 at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, and IMSA at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Montreal.
Additionally, Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon could have a two-day Sunday/Monday present that includes the Airborne Ranger Monster Truck.
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Chase Elliott is an efficient guess to turn into NASCAR’s first 2022 three-time winner this weekend. The one modern-era driver to win at Street America, Elliott is NASCAR’s high highway course ace. Oddsmakers agree, placing him at 9-2 opening odds. Kyle Larson is 7-1 and Chastain 8-1. A.J. Allmendinger and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Truex Jr. are all 12-1. My darkish horse choose for Sunday is Michael McDowell at 50-1.
The USA Community will broadcast Cup Qualifying on Saturday at 9 a.m. and the race at midday Sunday with the Xfinity sequence race Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
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Lewis Hamilton received final 12 months’s British Grand Prix even after a penalty incurred when he and Max Verstappen collided on the very excessive velocity Stowe nook, placing the Pink Bull driver into the barrier.
Hamilton has received his house race seven instances together with the final three, however he will probably be hard-pressed to face atop the rostrum Sunday. His Mercedes workforce has been on the again foot from the primary race though they’ve proven current indicators of competitiveness. And Verstappen has a rating to settle after final 12 months’s catastrophe.
Ferrari is attempting to come back again from current disappointing outcomes, and a few different groups have proven flashes of tempo. On stability, it seems like one other Pink Bull romp, however the racing gods giveth and taketh away. In any case it is going to be attention-grabbing.
Qualifying airs Saturday at 7 a.m. with the race at 6:55 a.m. Sunday, each on ESPN2.
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The NTT IndyCar sequence is at Mid-Ohio the place Workforce Penske’s Josef Newgarden has received twice together with final 12 months. Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing has six Mid-Ohio wins, the latest in 2019. Penske’s Will Energy and Andretti Autosport drive Colton Herta break up the 2020 doubleheader. Will the outdated guard or the younger weapons prevail Sunday? Tune in to NBC at 9:30 to search out out. Qualifying airs at 2:45 on Saturday on Peacock.
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Lastly, an attention-grabbing growth from the SRX sequence. The CEO of the sequence, Don Hawk, promised Helio Castroneves a journey within the Daytona 500 if he received any of his three scheduled SRX races. Helio received the primary outing (though he wasn’t initially scheduled for it), so Hawk is negotiating with NASCAR groups to discipline a automobile for Castroneves in February, and “the ball is rolling” in response to Hawk.
Helio received’t be the primary Indy automobile driver to race within the inventory automobile basic. Mario Andretti ran (and received) in 1967 and A.J. Foyt repeated the feat in 1972. And if Castroneves will get a aggressive automobile, don’t depend him out!



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