Auto racing roundup for Sunday, July 11

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series started its second half of the season last night at Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisc. Forty races now remain in the series’ 81-race schedule. Photo by me during the World of Outlaws stop at the dirt-covered Bristol Motor Speedway in April.

I’m trying something new here: a roundup of select auto races around the country. Inside you can find a rundown of notable finishes and results from yesterday as well as a preview for the day.

Today’s racing slate was largely shortened because of rain, but there’s still plenty to follow. 


Kyle Busch wins last Xfinity race with drama

In his final start in the series, Kyle Busch won his career-leading 102nd Xfinity Series career race. He used a push gone awry on teammate Daniel Hemric to do it, though, making it a rather fitting sendoff for Busch, known for  stirring emotions, in the Xfinity Series.


Brad Sweet stays unstoppable

Brad Sweet rolled to his third straight win and 13th of the year on Saturday at Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisc. The two-time reigning series champion now has a 132-point lead over David Gravel with 40 races to go.

Carson Macedo (-140), Sheldon Haudenschild (-210), and Logan Schuchart (-228) round out the top five.


Marco Andretti wins SRX at Slinger

IndyCar veteran Marco Andretti won his first race with the Superstar Racing Experience last night at Slinger Speedway in Slinger, Wisc.

Tony Stewart finished third to extend his lead in the series standings over Ernie Francis Jr. with one race to go at Nashville Fairgrounds next Saturday, July 17.


Anthony Macri’s eventful night at Port Royal

Anthony Macri returned to 410 Sprint Car victory lane Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa.


3:30 p.m., NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta (Ga.), NBCSN

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After dominating the first stop at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this year only to lose the win late to Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson returns to the abrasive 1.5-mile track with gaudy odds to build on such superiority.

SuperBook USA pegs Larson at +175 to add to his already season-leading win total (five Cup Series wins). Not only does Larson lead the Cup Series in wins, but he’s won 10 of his last 21 overall races in NASCAR, Sprint Cars, and Dirt Late Models.

Larson’s surge has dwindled Denny Hamlin’s regular season lead to just three points with six races before the playoffs. Hamlin, still searching for his first on the year, started on the pole at Atlanta in the spring, leading 27 laps before settling for fourth.

Chase Elliott, meanwhile, will lead the field to green on Sunday, fresh off his second win of the year at Road America. Martin Truex Jr., currently seventh in the regular season standings and projected as the No. 2 seed for the playoffs behind Larson, will start from the rear Sunday at Atlanta after failing pre-race inspection twice.


PPD, All Star Circuit of Champions at Sharon (Ohio), FloRacing

The All Stars will now head for a two-week break thanks to it being Kings Royal week. Things will pick back up at Lake Ozark on June 23 with Tyler Courtney (series-leading five wins) clinching to a 248-point lead over Cory Eliason and 256 over Hunter Schuerenberg.


PPD, DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models at Tri-State (Ind.), DIRTVision

With Sunday’s cancellation, the Summer Nationals head to Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Ky.

Bobby Pierce, the Summer Nationals leader by 102 points over Tanner English, looks to get back on track after mechanical issues Friday at Farmer City.


PPD, USAC National Midget Series at Sweet Springs (Mo.), FloRacing

A rough weekend for the USAC faithful. After the Cornbelt Clash rained out Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway, the midget show on Sunday in Sweet Springs gets postponed for precipitation, too.

The midgets resume Tuesday evening at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla.

Buddy Kofoid holds a 48-point lead over Chris Windom and an 89-point cushion over Emerson Axsom in the series standings with 30 races remaining. Justin Grand and Tanner Thorson are 121 and 127 points, respectively, off Kofoid’s mark.


8:15 p.m. Northern Outlaw Sprint Association at Huset’s (S.D.), DIRTVision

The race for the Buffalo Wild Wings Northern Outlaw Sprint Association title rolls into the high banks of Huset’s, S.D.

Brendan Mullen earned his third victory of the year last night at Devils Lake Speedway to pull within 20 points of Wade Nygaard (793 points) for the NOSA series lead. Jade Hastings, meanwhile, is just three points behind Nygaard  for the top spot with 19 races to go.

Zach Omdahl and Nick Omdahl are fourth and fifth in the series points, respectively.