This Week in Racing


In the NTT IndyCar Series, four races remain to determine the 2019 champion. Four drivers still have a realistic shot at the championship. Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden is leading the points standings by 16 points over Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi. Don’t count out Team Penske driver and defending Indy 500 champion Simon Pagenaud, the 2016 series champion, and Chip Ganassi Racing driver and five-time series champion Scott Dixon for the title fight. 

For this weekend’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, the NTT IndyCar Series takes on one of the hardest races of the season. It is the second and final 500-mile race of the 2019 season along with the Indianapolis 500 earlier in May. Pocono Raceway is one of the most difficult race tracks the NTT IndyCar Series goes to. There are three corners instead of four unlike a traditional oval and all three corners are based off different tracks. Turn one is modeled after Trenton Raceway, turn two, also known as the “Tunnel Turn”, is modeled after the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and turn three is modeled after the Milwaukee Mile. Pocono is one of the most exciting races of the IndyCar season since all of the action is really close. Anything can happen at Pocono and anyone can win. Can Alexander Rossi close the points gap to point leader Josef Newgarden? We will have to wait and find out on Sunday at 2:45 P.M. EST on NBCSN. 

In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the race to make the playoffs is getting close with only three races remaining in the regular season. After the race last week at Michigan Speedway, the battle for the final Playoff spot is getting really close. At the start of the day, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman were tied for the 16th and final Playoff spot with Johnson winning the tiebreaker because of race results. After Johnson brushed the turn two wall on lap 15, he lost many laps and only gained a few spots at the end of the day. Now Johnson is below the cutoff for the Playoffs by 12 points. Daniel Suarez was 17th in the Playoffs coming into Michigan by over 20 points. After ending the day in fifth, Suarez is now only six points behind the cutoff line. Clint Bowyer had a rough race at Michigan after crashing with Paul Menard and he was out of the race. Now Bowyer is sitting in the 16th and final Playoff spot only five points to the good. Ryan Newman had a good run at Michigan with a 12th place finish. Newman is now 16 points to the good. So Johnson, Newman, Bowyer, and Suarez are the four drivers to look out for to see if they make the Playoffs. Look out for those four drivers to see how the Playoff grid shapes up these next three weeks.

It’s crunch time for the NTT IndyCar Series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers. The championship fight for the NTT IndyCar Series is really close between four drivers. As things are looking right now, this might be one of the tightest championship fights in IndyCar history. Keep an eye out on the NTT IndyCar Series to see how the championship fight will play out. As for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the regular season is coming to a close pretty quick and it’s a very close fight to make it into the top sixteen of the Playoff standings. It’s to the point where it’s going to come down to the driver who makes the least amount of mistakes. Fifteenth to eighteenth in the Playoff standings have been swapping back and forth between four drivers just to even make the Playoffs. If this keeps going, this could be one of the closest fights in NASCAR history to just even make the Playoffs. Things are starting to heat up in the world of racing, so this is the perfect time to watch it. If you are new to racing, then the time is now to see what this amazing sport has to offer as the 2019 racing season is coming to a close. That’s what is happening this week in racing.


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