NASCAR CUP SERIES: FOLDS OF HONOR QUIKTRIP 500 (325 laps, 500.5 miles around a 1.54-mile D-shaped oval), Atlanta Motor Speedway; Hampton, Ga.
TV: Sunday, 2 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 2:16 p.m. ET) -- Fox (Radio: Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: The fifth of 36 races on the season, and teams get to see if the package they took into Las Vegas two weeks ago holds up after some tinkering for Atlanta, a track similar to Vegas and many more on the circuit. ... Atlanta Motor Speedway is a so-called "cookie-cutter track," a 1.5-mile D-shaped oval similar to the most popular style in NASCAR, which includes Texas, Charlotte, Kansas, Chicagoland, Kentucky, Vegas and Homestead-Miami, though each is slightly different from the other. ... NASCAR has not addressed any new coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns but said it is monitoring the situation and all three national series races appear to be ready to go on schedule this weekend in Atlanta. ... This will be the 113th Cup race held at Atlanta, which opened in 1960 and has hosted one race a year since 2011 after having two for years. ... Joey Logano won last week at Phoenix. ... Brad Keselowski won this race last year. ... Kevin Harvick leads the standings (164 points), followed by *Logano (163), Chase Elliott (144), *Alex Bowman (138), Jimmie Johnson (131), Ryan Blaney (123), Kyle Larson (121), Aric Almirola (121), Matt DiBenedetto (118) and Keselowski (118) rounding out the top 10.
BEST BETS: Kevin Harvick enters Sunday at 9/2 with Logano, Keselowski and Elliott at 6/1. Kyle Busch swings in at 8/1 and Bowman and Martin Truex Jr. are 10/1. DiBenedetto finished second at the similar track in Las Vegas and is a bargain at 80/1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was third at Vegas -- he even led 30 laps -- and is at a very enticing 300/1.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: ECHOPARK 250 (162 laps, 249.5 miles around a 1.54-mile oval), Atlanta Motor Speedway; Hampton, Ga.
TV: Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 4:16 p.m. ET) -- FS1 (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: The series gets to find out who may have a leg up on intermediate tracks, which are crucial as the season marches on. ... This is the fifth of 33 races on the season as the series sprints out to eight straight races to open the season. ... This is the 29th Xfinity race at AMS. ... Christopher Bell won this race last season. ... Brandon Jones won last week at Phoenix, but *Harrison Burton (176) leads the standings followed by *Chase Briscoe (173), Austin Cindric (155), *Jones (148), Ross Chastain (146), *Noah Gragson (143), Ryan Sieg (143), Justin Haley (140), Justin Allgaier (138) and Michael Annett (119).
NASCAR GANDER OUTDOORS TRUCK SERIES: VET TIX/CAMPING WORLD 200 (130 laps, 200 miles around a 1.54-mile oval), Atlanta Motor Speedway; Hampton, Ga.
TV: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. ET (race start is approx. 1:46 p.m. ET) -- FS1 (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).
THIS WEEK: This is the 19th time the Trucks will race at Atlanta and is the third of 23 races for the season. ... Kyle Busch won this race last year and was the winner two weeks ago at Las Vegas. ... Austin Hill leads the Truck standings (82 points), followed by Johnny Sauter (73), Ben Rhodes (60), Brett Moffitt (59), Sheldon Creed (58), Zane Smith (57), *Grant Enfinger (56), Christian Eckes (55), Todd Gilliland (54) and Codie Rohrbaugh (53).
NTT INDYCAR SERIES: FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG (110 laps, 198 miles around a 14-turn temporary street course), St. Petersburg, Fla.
THIS WEEK: The opening race of the 17-race 2020 season, drivers and teams have been testing to get ready for the race that has become the annual opener for the series. ... This is the 16th race at St. Petersburg. ... Josef Newgarden won the race last season on his way to his second IndyCar title. ... There has been no talk of calling off the race because of coronavirus concerns, but the first confirmed cases in Pinellas County, Fla., surfaced this week, and St. Petersburg officials are monitoring the situation.
FORMULA ONE: AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX (58 laps, 191.118 miles around a 3.295-mile 16-turn temporary street circuit), Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia.
TV: Sunday, 1 a.m. ET (Green flag approx. 1:05 a.m. ET) -- ESPN (Radio: SiriusXM Radio Channel 132).
THIS WEEK: This is the season opener, the first of 21 races, but already the outbreak of coronavirus around the globe is throwing things into turmoil as a team member from McLaren and two from U.S.-based Haas have put themselves in self-isolation and are being tested. Renault drivers Daniel Ricciardo -- an Australian native -- and Esteban Ocon were kept out of a scheduled news conference Wednesday as a precaution. ... Finland's Valtteri Bottas won the race last year in a Mercedes, but ultimately finished second in the championship to his teammate, the United Kingdom's Lewis Hamilton. ... Hamilton is now a six-time champion and is chasing Michael Schumacher, who ultimately won seven. Hamilton is the odds-on favorite to win again. ... This will be the 84th Australian Grand Prix, the first being contested in 1928.
NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION: AMALIE MOTOR OIL NHRA GATORNATIONALS, Friday-Sunday at Gainesville Raceway; Gainesville, Fla.
TV: Eliminations, Sunday, 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, FS1
THIS WEEK: It's time for the hot rods to get back in action after a two-week layoff and they do it in one of the sport's signature events, the Gatornationals. ... Like other racing series, NHRA and track operators are making sure that extra hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer will be available on site. ... Winners in the past race in Arizona were Steve Torrence in Top Fuel, Tommy Johnson Jr. in Funny Car and Erica Enders in Pro Stock. Pro Stock Motorcycle makes its season debut at the Gatornationals. ... Doug Kalitta leads the Top Fuel points with 212, followed by Brittany Force (153) and Leah Pruett (137). ... Jack Beckman leads Funny Car (220) with Johnson (175) and John Force (173) giving chase. ... Enders leads in Pro Stock (203), followed by Jeg Coughlin Jr. (197) and Jason Line (168).
*Stats and standings per NHRA.com.
--By K. Lee Davis, Field Level Media