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Preview: Weekend of May 25-26, 2019: F1, IndyCar, NASCAR

Preview: Weekend of May 25-26, 2019: F1, IndyCar, NASCAR

This weekend is arguably the biggest race weekend of the year with major events in the three major race series – F1, IndyCar and NASCAR.

The Monaco Grand Prix has been run on the streets of Monte Carlo 76 times since it first ran in 1929. Given that the Formula One championship began only in 1950, there have been 64 F1 championship races held here, this year making number 65.

The Indianapolis 500 was first held in 1911 and, barring some war years when there was no race, it has been held here ever since. This year’s race will be the 103rd running of the classic event.

While the Daytona 500 is considered to be the ‘Super Bowl’ of NASCAR racing, the Memorial Weekend 600-mile race at Charlotte is the longest. It has to be considered to be one of the great NASCAR races alongside the Daytona 500 and the Darlington Southern 500 and the Bristol night race. The Coca-Cola 600 was first held in 1960 and it has been held each year since. This year’s race will be the 60th running of this classic race event

Saturday, May 25
1. NASCAR Xfinity, Alsco 300, Charlotte Motor Speedway
• TV: TSN5 at 4:00P
• 1.5 mi; 200 laps = 300 mi; Stages: 45/45/110 laps
• In 2018 Brad Keselowski was the race winner over Cole Custer and Christopher Bell.
• This season has been filled with lots of great racing, producing four different pole winners and five different race winners - four of which are series title contenders – Christopher Bell (three wins), Cole Custer (two wins), Michael Annett (one win), and series standings leader Tyler Reddick (one win).
• The most recent Xfinity race was run at Dover three weeks ago. Bell was the race winner while Justin Allgaier was second and Reddick was third.
• After Dover, Reddick was leading the points race with 462 points (and one race win) while Bell was second in points with 439 points and three race wins. Cole Custer was third in the points standings with 391 points (and two race wins).
• Click HERE for the NXS entry list.

 

Sunday, May 26
2. FIA Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Monaco
• TSN1/4/5 at 9:05A
• 3.337 km; 78 laps = 260.286 km
• Last year Daniel Ricciardo put his Red Bull car on the pole and he won the race.
• At Barcelona, the site of the most recent F1 race, Lewis Hamilton won yet again, making it the sixth F1 win for Mercedes in as many race this year. Hamilton won the race and he earned 26 points for a current total of 112. His teammate Bottas was second (105 pt) while Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was third (66 pt)
• Click HERE for the F1 entry list.

3. NTT IndyCar Series, Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
• NBC/SN360/SN World at 12:00n
• Last year’s Indy 500 winner was Will Power. ED Carpenter was second while Scott Dixon was third.
• The most recent race this year was the INDYCAR Grand Prix on the IMS road course. Scott Pagenaud was the surprise race winner, having run down Scott Dixon over the final few laps in the wet. Dixon had to be content with second ahead of the British driver Jack Harvey who finished in third place.
• Going into the Indy 500, Josef Newgarden was leading the points standings with 182 points to Scott Dixon with 176 and Alexander Rossi who had 146 points.
• Click HERE for the Indy 500 starting lineup

4. NASCAR MENCS, Coca-Cola 600, Charlotte Motor Speedway
• FOX/TSN1/3 at 6:00P
• 1.5 mi; 400 laps = 600 mi; Stages: 100/100/100/100 laps
• Kyle Busch is the defending winner of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 – collecting his first ever Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at the track from the pole position after leading a dominating 377 of 400 laps last May. Last year Martin Truex was second and Denny Hamlin was third.
• At Kansas two weeks ago, Keselowski was the surprise race winner while Alex Bowman finished second for the third race in a row. Erik Jones was third.
• After Kansas, Joey Logano was leading in the points race with 478 points (and one race win) with Kyle Busch was second with 469 points (and three race wins) while Kevin Harvick was third with 440 points and no race wins so far this year.
• Click HERE for the MENCS entry list.

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