The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup heads into its fourth race, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. – the Pepsi Max 400. The NASCAR Nationwide Series also will run at Kansas, with Saturday’s Camping World 300.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has an open week, returning to action Oct. 23 at Martinsville Speedway.
The GRAND-AM Road Racing season, meanwhile, is complete, with the Rolex Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge looking to the 2011 season-opening races at Daytona International Speedway Jan. 28-30.
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
Closest Chase Ever Thus Far
Believe it: only 101 points separate the top nine drivers in the points, coming out of Kansas, the third event in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
And to take it a step further, the top three – Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick – are separated by only 30 points.
Back On Top
It’s an ominous sign. Jimmie Johnson, the four-time defending series champion, has reclaimed the points lead, after finishing second at Kansas. The Chase is Johnson’s time of year. It’s up to his Chase rivals to change that.
Biffle Is After a Title – And Some History
No one has ever won championships in all three of NASCAR’s national series – NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck. Greg Biffle, winning this past Sunday at Kansas has a chance to do so.
Biffle won the truck title in 2000, the Nationwide title in 2002. He came close to a career sweep in 2005, finishing second to Tony Stewart by only 35 points.
Biffle is up to eighth in the standings, 85 behind Johnson.
Gordon Looms – Still
Four-time series champion Jeff Gordon ran fifth at Kansas and he’s up to fifth in the points.
And remember, he’s hung tough all year despite the fact that he hasn’t won a race.
California natives Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are 1-2 on the all-time win list at Auto Club Speedway, Johnson with four and Gordon with three (tied with Matt Kenseth).
Johnson goes into this weekend as the Pepsi Max 400’s three-time defending champion.
1 - Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser / Jimmy John's Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 118.8 2015 Rundown · Three wins, 22 top fives, 27 top 10s, · Led 2248 laps · Average Finish of 8.9 Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook: · One win, six top fives, 12 top 10s · Average finish of 7.571, series-best · Average Running Position of 10.030, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 102.5, fourth-best · 2072 Laps in the Top 15 (77.6), fourth-most · 435 Quality Passes, seventh-most
2 - Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.5 2015 Rundown · One win, five top fives, 20 top 10s, · Led 256 laps · Average Finish of 13.9 Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook: · One win, seven top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 10.563, seventh-best · Average Running Position of 11.465, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 100.7, fifth-best · 1998 Laps in the Top 15 (74.8), seventh-most · 467 Quality Passes, fifth-most
3 - Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Crispy Toyota) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107 2015 Rundown · Four wins, 11 top fives, 15 top 10s, · Led 695 laps · Average Finish of 11.2 Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook: · One top five, three top 10s · Average finish of 23.1, 25th-best · Average Running Position of 16.056, 13th-best · Driver Rating of 91.5, ninth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 162.019, eighth-fastest · 1696 Laps in the Top 15 (63.5), 10th-most · 422 Quality Passes, eighth-most
4 - Martin Truex, Jr (No. 78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100 2015 Rundown · One win, eight top fives, 22 top 10s, · Led 564 laps · Average Finish of 12.2 Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook: · Three top fives, seven top 10s · Average finish of 10, second-best · Average Running Position of 9.037, second-best · Driver Rating of 106.6, third-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 162.357, series-fastest · 1981 Laps in the Top 15 (82.4), second-most · 563 Quality Passes, series-most