AUTO RACING: Buescher the NASCAR Cup Collection favourite? Verstappen in F1, Palou in IndyCar in command

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Website: Darlington, South Carolina.

Schedule: Saturday, observe, 12:30 p.m., and qualifying, 1:20 p.m.; Sunday, race, 6 p.m (USA).

Observe: Darlington Raceway.

Race distance: 367 laps, 501.3 miles.

Final 12 months: Erik Jones gained after beginning fifteenth.

Final race: Chris Buescher led RFK Racing’s first 1-2 end in 9 years, winnng at Daytona for the third time within the closing 5 regular-season races.

Quick information: That is the primary race of the playoffs. … Buescher’s victory boosted Bubba Wallace into the ultimate postseason spot and eradicated fan favourite Chase Elliott, who completed fourth, from the playoffs for the primary time in eight seasons. … Brad Keselowski completed second, adopted by Aric Almirola. … Martin Truex Jr. took the regular-season championship over Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin, giving Truex an additional 15 playoff factors. … NASCAR red-flagged the race for practically 10 minutes after a crash that took out seven drivers competing for the final spot within the postseason. … 2004 collection champion Kurt Busch, 45, introduced his retirement due to the lingering results of a concussion sustained final 12 months.

Subsequent race: Sept. 10, Kansas Metropolis, Kansas.



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Website: Darlington, South Carolina.

Schedule: Saturday, observe, 10:35 a.m., qualifying, 11:05 a.m., and race, 3:30 p.m. (USA).

Observe: Darlington Raceway.

Race distance: 147 laps, 200.8 miles.

Final 12 months: Noah Gragson gained after startng second.

Final race: Justin Allgaier held off Sheldon Creed by 0.005 seconds in double extra time to prevail within the fourth-closest end in collection historical past and win for the primary time in 26 begins at Daytona.

Quick information: Allgaier’s second victory of the season and twenty first total moved him to second within the factors race, 27 factors behind Austin Hill and one forward of John Hunter Nemechek with three regular-season races remaining. … Hill completed twenty third, Nemechek twenty eighth. … Daniel Hemric was third, adopted by Parker Kligerman and Cole Custer. … Hill and Trevor Bayne appeared to be answerable for the race late, however they began a multicar melee after they made contact with Chandler Smith following a restart with two laps to go. … Riley Herbst had a second consecutive unhealthy week and went from three factors forward of Kligerman to twenty factors behind within the combat for the final playoff spot. Herbst has misplaced 54 factors in that combat within the final two races.

Subsequent race: Sept. 9, Kansas Metropolis, Kansas.



Final race: Grant Enfinger led 95 of 175 laps and handed Carson Hocevar on the 159th lap to win in Milwaukee. His third victory of the season superior him into the subsequent spherical of the playoffs.

Subsequent race: Sept. 8, Kansas Metropolis, Kansas.



Italian Grand Prix

Website: Monza, Italy.

Schedule: Friday, observe, 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Saturday, observe, 6:30 a.m., and qualifying, 10 a.m.; Sunday, race, 9 a.m. (ESPN).

Observe: Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

Race distance: 53 laps, 190.596 miles.

Final 12 months: Max Verstappen gained after beginning seventh.

Final race: Two-time defending collection champion Max Verstappen gained the rain-marred Dutch Grand Prix to equal Sebastian Vettel’s F1 document with 9 straight victories.

Quick information: The victory was Verstappen’s eighth this 12 months from the pole place and his third in a row from the pole at Zandvoort. … He and Crimson Bull teammate Sergio Perez have mixed to win the final 14 races, together with all 13 this season, and 23 of the final 24. Verstappen has gained 20 of them. The final non-Crimson Bull driver to win was George Russell of Mercedes within the penultimate race final season.

Subsequent race: Sept. 17, Marina Bay, Singapore.


INDYCAR Grand Prix of Portland

Website: Portland, Oregon.

Schedule: Friday, observe, 6 p.m.; Saturday, observe, Midday, qualifying, 3:30 p.m., and closing observe, 8:15 p.m.; Sunday, race, 3 p.m. (NBC).

Observe: Portland Worldwide Raceway.

Race distance: 119 laps, 216.04 miles.

Final 12 months: Scott McLaughlin gained from the pole place.

Final race: Six-time collection champion Scott Dixon earned his fifty fifth victory within the collection in his record-extending 320th profession begin and did so in dominating trend, beating Pato O’Ward by greater than 22 seconds.

Quick information: Dixon wanted solely three pit stops and held the lead for 82 laps earlier than making his closing pit cease on lap 196 of 260. … Dixon moved inside 74 factors of Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Alex Palou within the championship combat. Josef Newgarden is third, 125 again. … Newgarden led 101 of the primary 104 laps, however his streak of 5 consecutive victories on an oval observe ended, two shy of A.J. Foyt’s mark of seven straight oval victories. Newgarden hit the wall on Lap 211 and completed twenty fifth. … That is the penultimate race of the 2023 season.

Subsequent race: Sept. 10, Monterey, California.



Final occasion: Antron Brown gained in Prime Gas and Ron Capps gained in Humorous automotive in Minnesota.

Subsequent occasion: Aug. 30-Sept. 4, Indianapolis, Indiana.



Subsequent occasions: Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, Burlington, Washington.



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