This weekend’s Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Truck schedules at Phoenix

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It’s NASCAR’s version of new math: eight minus one equals four.

Sunday’s Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway will begin with eight drivers remaining in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

After that one race is over, there will only be four drivers left in the Chase who advance to the championship-deciding race next week at Miami.

Of the eight drivers heading into this weekend’s race, only series leader and Martinsville Chase race winner Jeff Gordon has an automatic berth in the season finale.

At the bottom end of the Chase standings sits Joey Logano, who must win Sunday to advance to the championship round.

All three of NASCAR’s premier national touring series are in action this weekend at the 1-mile flat track in suburban Phoenix.

Here’s how the weekend shapes up (times listed are Eastern):

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

1:30 – 9 pm – Truck garage open

4:30 – 6:55 pm – Truck final practice (no TV)

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13

9 am – Truck garage open

9:30 am – 9 pm – Sprint Cup garage open

12:30 – 9:30 pm – Xfinity garage open

12:45 pm – Truck qualifying (Fox Sports 1)

2  – 3:25 pm – Sprint Cup practice (NBCSN, Motor Racing Network)

3:30 pm – Sprint Cup qualifying inspection begins

3:30 – 4:25 pm – Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

4:45 pm – Truck drivers/crew chief meeting

5 – 6:25 pm – Xfinity final practice (NBCSN)

6:45 pm – Sprint Cup qualifying (NBCSN, MRN)

8 pm – Truck driver introductions

8:30 pm – Camping World Truck Series race, Lucas Oil 150 (150 laps, 150 miles) (Fox Sports 1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

8:30 am – Xfinity garage opens

10 am – 6:30 pm – Sprint Cup garage open

11:30 am – 12:25 pm – Sprint Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)

12:45 pm – Xfinity qualifying (NBCSN)

2:15 pm – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

2:30 – 3:20 pm – Sprint Cup final practice (NBCSN, MRN)

3:30 pm – Xfinity driver introductions

4 pm – Xfinity race – DAV 200 Honoring America’s Veterans (200 laps, 200 miles) (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15

8:30 am – Sprint Cup garage opens

12:30 pm – Sprint Cup driver/crew chief meeting

2 pm – Sprint Cup driver introductions

2:30 pm – Sprint Cup race – Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 (312 laps, 312 miles) (NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

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NASCAR Power Rankings: Kevin Harvick still No. 1 after quiet Vegas

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Kevin Harvick didn’t have a flashy night Sunday in Las Vegas, but it didn’t keep him from retaining the No. 1 spot in this week’s NASCAR Power Rankings.

After winning the Bristol night race, Harvick finished in the top 10 in the first two stages in Vegas before placing 10th at race’s end.

Kurt Busch’s win at his home track vaulted him into the top 10 as 12 drivers received votes.

More: Playoff standings after Las Vegas

Here is this week’s NASCAR Power Rankings:

1. Kevin Harvick (Last week No. 1): In the last eight races he’s won three times and finished outside the top 10 only twice.

2. Martin Truex Jr. (Last week No. 5): Placed fourth for his 11th top-five finish in the last 14 races.

3. Alex Bowman (Last week unranked): Finished fifth for his second top five and fifth top-10 finish in the last six races.

4. Denny Hamlin (Last week unranked): Left Vegas with a third-place finish to snap a three-race streak of finishing outside the top 10.

5. Kurt Busch (Last week unranked): Snapped a 46-race winless streak with his victory and advanced to the Round of 8.

6. Kyle Busch (Last week No. 3): Finished sixth after a “dismal” night. He has four consecutive top 10s.

7. Brad Keselowski (Last week No. 5): Finished 13th to give him two finishes outside the top 10 since he won at Richmond.

8. Chase Briscoe (Last week unranked): Opened the Xfinity playoffs with his second consecutive win.

8. Chase Elliott (Last week No. 2): Led 73 laps, but had to settle for a 22nd-place finish in Vegas.

8. Joey Logano (Last week No. 3): Finished 14th for his second straight finish outside the top 10.

Also receiving votes: Erik Jones and Chris Buescher.

NASCAR announces changes to Kansas playoff weekend

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Citing “programming changes,” NASCAR announced shifts in the race dates and start times for its visit next month to Kansas Speedway.

The Xfinity, ARCA and Truck Series races have been shifted, while the Cup race remains at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Oct. 18.

The biggest move is the Truck Series race shifting from Friday night to Saturday afternoon.

Here are the changes.

Friday, Oct. 16, 8:30 p.m. ETARCA Menards Series on FS1 or FS2; network TBD at a later date (previously at 10 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Oct. 17, 4 p.m. ETTruck Series on FOX (previously Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. ET on FS1)

Saturday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. ET Xfinity on NBCSN (previously 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN)

 

Xfinity Series playoff standings after Las Vegas

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Chase Briscoe opened the Xfinity Series playoffs by earning his second consecutive win.

His victory Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway gives him 57 playoff points and an automatic spot in the Round of 8.

Harrison Burton holds the final transfer spot. He has a two-point advantage over Ross Chastain.

Behind Chastain below the cutline are Michael Annett (-10 points), Riley Herbst (-14) and Brandon Brown (-20).

Below is the full Xfinity Series playoff standings going into Saturday’s race at Talladega (4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Drivers in red are below the cutline to advance. Drivers in yellow are in the remaining playoff spots.

Xfinity Series playoff standings

Cup playoff standings after Las Vegas

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Kurt Busch flipped the script on the Cup playoff standings with his win Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

He entered the Round of 12 as the last driver in the playoff standings, but is the first driver to clinch a spot in the Round of 8.

Replacing Busch in the bottom spot of the playoff standings is Austin Dillon. He is 32 points behind Alex Bowman, who holds the final cutoff spot.

Behind Bowman is Kyle Busch (-9 points), Clint Bowyer (-20), Aric Almirola (-27) and Dillon.

“Obviously, the 1 car (Kurt Busch) was not a car that we needed to win a race,” Clint Bowyer said after Sunday’s race. “It’s been a hell of a battle back there with cars that are kind of in the same wheelhouse as far as points-wise. (Kurt Busch) winning changes that landscape quite a bit, but we’re only 20 points out.”

Here is the full playoff standings entering Sunday’s playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC).

Drivers in red are below the cutline to advance to the Round of 8. Drivers in yellow hold the remaining available playoff spots.

Cup playoff standings