The NASCAR Cup Series is heading to Road America for the first time in almost 65 years! The four-mile, 14-turn circuit will be the host for the Jockey Made in America 250 Presented by Kwik Trip. The 250-mile race will be split into stages of 14-15-33 and will air at 2:40 pm ET on NBC. Qualifying will start at 11:05 am ET, Sunday morning on CNBC. Here is the NASCAR at Road America preview!
Regular Season Standings
After last weekend at Pocono, Kyle Larson is sitting second, only two points behind Denny Hamlin. Hamlin has held the top spot for most of the season even though he doesn’t have a win. Another good weekend from the Larson could catapult them up to the top spot and with Larson already having a road course win this year, there’s a good chance. On the other end, if someone like Daniel Suarez or Chris Buescher has a good top-5 day, they could change up the playoff cut line. Ross Chastain has also had a really good month or so but is sitting 72 points below the cut line. If he could manage to win this weekend, it could bring some drama to the standings.
Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick Racing Xfinity
Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick will be racing in the Xfinity race on Saturday to get a good layout of the track. Although the differences between the Cup and Xfinity cars are plentiful. It could give them a really good idea of where the braking points are and where to pass.
I’m not surprised that not too many Cup drivers are doubling up this weekend. A lot of the younger drivers probably know the track pretty well from their times in Xfinity. Which might give them an advantage. Don’t be surprised to see some of those younger guys making passes in peculiar places this weekend. Road America has several good passing corners and sweeping straights which opens up a lot of opportunities.
This weekend might shake things up when it comes to who runs towards the front. A few of the road course regulars will probably do well like Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., And Joey Logano. I’m going to go with the Road Course ace, Chase Elliott. I know he hasn’t had the best season. But another win on the year could change the tides for him and I’m betting he’s feeling pretty good about his chances.