NASCAR’s top two series are returning from a break as part of a tripleheader weekend in Nashville.
Chase Elliott will look to expand on his lead atop the Cup Series standings, and A.J. Allmendinger will do the same in the Xfinity Series. John Hunter Nemechek has regained the lead in a tight Truck Series race, but by just five points over Zane Smith.
In other major racing series, Formula One drivers are surely hoping a weekend off will cool defending series champion Max Verstappen, who has won five of the last six events and six of nine overall. IndyCar remains idle for another week.
NASCAR CUP SERIES
Site: Nashville, Tennessee.
Schedule: Friday, practice, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 1 p.m.; Sunday, race, 5 p.m. (NBC).
Track: Nashville Superspeedway.
Race distance: 300 laps, 399 miles.
Last year: Kyle Larson won after starting fifth.
Last race: Daniel Suarez pulled away from Chris Buescher in the closing laps on the road course in California to earn his first victory in the series.
Fast facts: Suarez became the 12th different winner through 16 races, enhancing the possibility with 10 regular season races remaining that not all race winners will automatically qualify for the 16-driver playoffs. ... Five of the top 12 drivers in the points standings have yet to win a race this year.
Next race: July 3, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.