Dale Earnhardt Jr. won’t be back in the car this weekend, but he’ll return to the track to cheer on his NASCAR teams at Dover International Speedway. Earnhardt, who is out for the season after being sidelined since mid-July with a concussion, said on his Dale Jr. Download podcast Monday that he will be watching the Xfinity and Sprint Cup races from the pit box Saturday and Sunday. Jeff Gordon will be driving his No. 88 Chevrolet. “It’s going to be different and tough and maybe not a ton of fun,” he said. “It’s a bit weird to not be in the car but at the track. When you’re a driver, you don’t know what to do with yourself. I’ll try to support the guys and learn a thing or two. Excited to see how
Formula 1’s two-week Asian swing is ahead with the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend and the Japanese Grand Prix next week. The Japanese Grand Prix tire picks were revealed on Tuesday, per usual, and most drivers and teams have selected more of Pirelli’s sets of soft tires, the softest on offer. As in Malaysia, teams can select between the soft, medium and hard compounds. All drivers have between six and nine sets of softs selected. Both Red Bull drivers are opting for four sets of hards, with Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel three sets of hards and Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen two sets of hards. The full breakdown is below:
If push comes to potentially shoving Sunday at Dover International Speedway, Kyle Larson says he again won’t play rough to win the first-round Chase for the Sprint Cup finale. “If I win, I go to the next round, but if I run second, I probably still go to the next round,” Larson told NBC Sports in a Tuesday interview. Provided the race winner isn’t Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Jamie McMurray, Austin Dillon, Tony Stewart or Chris Buescher, Larson will be guaranteed of reaching the Round of 12 with a second, third or fourth-place finish on the 1-mile oval.