AUTO RACING: NASCAR’s Top 3 Series Heading to Nashville

AUTO RACING: NASCAR's Top 3 Series Heading to Nashville

All times Eastern


Ally 400

Location: Nashville, Tennessee.

Schedule: Friday, training, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 1 p.m.; Sunday, game, 5 p.m. (NBC).

Track: Nashville Superspeedway.

Race distance: 300 laps, 399 miles.

Last year: Kyle Larson won after starting fifth.

Final Race: Daniel Suarez pulled away from Chris Buescher in the closing laps of the California road course to take his first career win in the series.

Fast Facts: Suarez became the 12th different winner over 16 races, increasing the possibility with 10 regular season races remaining that not all race winners will automatically qualify for the 16-driver playoffs. … Five of the top 12 drivers in the points standings have yet to win a race this year. … Chase Elliott leads the standings with 16 over Ross Chastain, 23 over Kyle Busch and 25 over non-winner Ryan Blaney. … Denny Hamlin, one of four two-time winners, remains the lowest overall winner; he is 21st, 211 points behind Elliott.

Next race: July 3, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.



Tennessee Lottery 250

Location: Nashville, Tennessee.

Schedule: Friday, training, 5:35 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 12 noon and race, 3:30 pm (US).

Track: Nashville Superspeedway.

Race distance: 188 laps, 250 miles.

Last year: Kyle Busch won from pole position.

Final Race: AJ Allmendinger led just six of 75 laps, but defeated Myatt Snider by 2.879 seconds to take his second win of the season — both on road courses — in the series’ debut at Portland International Raceway.

Fast facts: Allmendinger’s win came after he started last due to changes to his car for the race, and after going down one lap. …Allmendinger’s points lead rose to 43 over Ty Gibbs and 44 over Noah Gragson. … The top eight drivers in points accounted for 12 wins in 14 races. … Only 21 of the 38 cars finished on the first lap on the 1.97 mile circuit in the Portland debut.

Next race: July 2, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.



Rackley Roofing 200

Location: Nashville, Tennessee.

Schedule: Friday, Practice, 4pm, Qualifying, 4:30pm and Race, 8pm (FS1).

Track: Nashville Superspeedway.

Race distance: 150 laps, 200 miles.

Last year: Ryan Preece won after starting sixth.

Final race: Todd Gilliland passed John Hunter Nemechek in 140th out of 150 laps and pulled away after a restart on lap 147 to win on the sand in Iowa, his first start of the season and third in his career.

Fast Facts: Gilliland became the sixth non-regular in the series to win over 13 races. … Nemechek regained the points lead and jumped from fourth place. He leads Zane Smith by five, defending champion Ben Rhodes by 10 and Chandler Smith by 14. … Zane Smith (3) and part-timer Corey Heim (2) are the only multiple winners so far this season.

Next race: July 9 Lexington, Ohio.



Final race: Defending champion Max Verstappen won from pole, his fifth win in six races and sixth overall, on the series’ return to Canada after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

Next race: July 3rd, Silverstone, England.



Final race: Josef Newgarden won Road America, his third win this season, and claimed a $1 million bonus for winning on an oval, street course and road course, while Marcus Ericsson took back the 27-point lead over Will Power.

Next race: July 3rd, Lexington, Ohio.



Final event: Justin Ashley won in Top Fuel and Ron Capps won in Funny Car in Bristol, Tennessee.

Next event: June 23-26, Norwalk, Ohio.



Upcoming Events: June 22-25, Brandon, South Dakota.


More AP car racing: and