Jul 28, 2011

The road to Kansas Speedway’s fall NASCAR event weekend goes through Indianapolis this weekend as the NASCAR Camping World and Nationwide Series will take to the track at Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR) and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take to the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will kick start the racing in Indy on Friday night. For the fifth consecutive week Johnny Sauter, who has a win at Kansas Speedway, will lead the point standings going into the weekend. However the Wisconsin native shouldn’t get too comfortable in the lead because last weekend’s winner, Austin Dillon is coming on strong.

Then again, both Sauter and Dillon will have to beat Ron Hornaday for the victory this weekend at Lucas Oil Raeway. The Kevin Harvick Inc. driver has proven he is the man to beat at the .686-mile oval, with five overall victories in the Truck and Nationwide Series at the facility.

The Nationwide Series will follow the Truck Series and take to the track at LOR on Saturday. All eyes will be on action sports superstar Travis Pastrana, who will be making his NASCAR debut this weekend. The 16 time X Games gold medalist will follow in the tire tracks of other drivers who have made the jump to NASCAR from other forms of motorsports. Drivers like Juan Pablo Montoya, Ricky Carmichael and Danica Patick have all competed in the Nationwide Series to try their hand in stock cars.

In the Nationwide Series point standings, Reed Sorenson is again leader after overtaking Elliot Sadler after Saturday’s race at Nashville. Sadler dropped to third, but he is only 14 points behind Sorenson. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will be looking for a good points run; he is currently second, just five points back.

Across town at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Sprint Cup Series will be on track for the Brickyard 400.

It will be a homecoming weekend for past Kansas Speedway winners Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart in Indianapolis as both hail from the Hoosier state. After finishing 1-2 in the last Cup Series race at New Hampshire, the teammates are looking to capitalize and secure their position in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, where Newman is currently eighth and Stewart is currently tied for 10th in the standings.

Past Kansas Speedway winner Carl Edwards is the current Sprint Cup Series point leader, Five time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson is seven points behind in second, followed in the point standings by Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.

It is shaping up to be an exciting weekend in Indy on the road to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The Chase will begin in seven races and Kansas Speedway will host the fourth race of the Chase with the Hollywood Casino 400 on October 9. Also that weekend, Kansas Speedway will host the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Kansas Lottery 98.9. 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).