The round of 12 ended last Sunday in Talladega with four drivers out from the Sprint Cup Series. Now the remaining eight drivers will fight in Virginia to book a ticket for the grand finale in Homestead. Alongside the Sprint Cup, there is the Camping World Truck'sChase.

Meanwhile, the F1’s action has moved to Central America, after last week thrilling US race that opened the first of out three straight races in America. This GP was reintroduced last year and it offered an incredible atmosphere by the fans but less excitement on the track. This year could be different, though: the race for the championship is still wide open.

TV Schedule

Nascar (all time in ET)

  • On Friday 28th at 4.4pm Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying (NBCSN)
  • Saturday 29th, 10.15am Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (FS1) with Camping World Truck’s Texas Roadhouse 200 at 1.10 p.m (FS1)
  • On Sunday 30th, the Sprint Cup’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 is scheduled at 1 p.m. (NBCSN)

Formula 1 (all time in ET)

  • On October the 28th , it is scheduled two free practices. At 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. always on NBCSN.
  • On Saturday 29th,it is scheduled the third and last free practice at 11 a.m. (NBCSN). In the afternoon, the qualifying is at 2 p.m. on NBCSN.
  • On Sunday 30th, the race will be aired on NBC (or NBCSN) at 2 p.m.

NASCAR, Round of 8

Now eight drivers remaining to win the Sprint Cup Series.

The following three races will determine the four drivers that will compete in Homestead. The golden rule remains: the driver who wins, will book a ticket for the final race.

Of the Chase drivers, Jimmy Johnson is the one who got the win record (8), tied with the retired Jeff Gordon (he will compete Sunday’s race on the #88).

Alongside him, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch are valid contenders for the win. In fact, both drivers have five wins in Martinsville and the latter won the regular season’s race. Joey Logano is the only Ford-branded car remained and this could be an advantage as he can have all the support from the others Ford drivers.

Edwards, Kenseth, Harvick and Kurt Busch have mixed result in Martinsville; However, Edwards is also looking good because he won the last two short track races (Bristol and Richmond).

The Mexican GP’s situation

This edition will be the 18th Mexican GP, all of them were held in the same circuit even if its name and layout changed over time. Last year, the track underwent a significant renovation for the return of Formula 1 racing: the high radius chicanes were diminished and some of them became fixed angle turns. Also, the famous final corner Peraltada was cut in half to let the F1 cars pass in a new slow section inside the baseball field. The high elevation (2,000 m above the sea level) makes the track still quite challenging for the drivers; also because of that, the cars have an unique aerodynamical configuration, similar to Monza and they can reach high speed (350-360 km/h).

Nico Rosberg won last year’s edition. He also is ahead in the standings with an impressive 26 points gap from his teammate Lewis Hamilton who won the last race. Both of the Mercedes’ drivers need to win in order to close or take open the championship, respectively. Behind them, it is still open the fight for fourth between Verstappen, Raikkonen and Vettel. In the constructors’ standings, this is the realistic last shot for Ferrari to reduce the gap from Red Bull but the Italian team is really struggling in this final part of the season. Force India is a team to take a close look because of Sergio Perez who will be fired up for its home race.

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