Jul 21, 2011

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take its final off weekend of the season this weekend, but the NASCAR Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series will provide plenty of action when they take to the concrete of Nashville Speedway on Friday and Saturday.

The Truck Series returns to action this weekend in Nashville as drivers compete for the coveted Gibson Guitar trophy. After snapping a 79 race winless streak this past weekend in Iowa, Matt Crafton hopes to have momentum on his side as he continues his climb in the point standings. Crafton moved from seventh to fifth in the standings after  the last race and he is currently 44 points behind point leader Johnny Sauter, who has a win at Kansas Speedway.

This is an important weekend for the championship contenders as half of the previous winners of the Truck Series race at Nashville have gone on to capture the series championship in the same season. Johnny Benson did it in 2008, Ron Hornaday did in 2009 and most recently, Todd Bodine in 2010.

It will be an important weekend for the Nationwide Series drivers as well, as fans have watched a tight points battle between championship contenders Elliott Sadler and Reed Sorenson this season. The two drivers have juggled the points lead back and forth five times already this season. Sorenson comes to Nashville with an impressive record, including one win, three top-five and five top-10 finishes. Sadler, however will be making  only his second career start in the Music City, where he will attempt to improve on his eighth-place finish there earlier this season.

Fans can catch Nationwide Series action on Oct. 8 at Kansas Speedway in the Kansas Lottery 300. Also that weekend is the Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 (Oct. 9) and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Kansas Lottery 98.9 (Oct. 7). Tickets are on sale now for all remaining races at Kansas Speedway and may be purchased by visiting www.kansasspeedway.com or by calling 866.460.RACE (7223).