It’s been quite the week for NASCAR, including a thrilling race at Pocono Raceway where Denny Hamlin and Ross Chastain clashed once again. In the battle for the win, Hamlin ran Chastain up the track and into the wall.
Hamlin went on to win, beating teammate Kyle Busch. However, it was all for naught as both Joe Gibbs Racing cars were disqualified after failing post-race inspection. Chase Elliott inherited the race victory, further extending his championship lead.
Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. remain safe, for now, as the only drivers currently in the playoffs without a win. A 15th different winner in the coming weeks would boot one of them out of the top-16, despite sitting inside the top-five in regular season points. Kevin Harvick is the most likely candidate to usurp Truex or Blaney, and was set for a great result at Pocono before getting collected in the Hamlin/Chastain scuffle.
Ty Gibbs finished 16th in his Cup Series debut at Pocono, subbing for Kurt Busch. The NASCAR medical team has yet to clear the veteran driver, who is experiencing concussion-like symptoms after a crash in Pocono qualifying. Gibbs will once again pilot the No. 45 machine this weekend.
How to watch the NASCAR at Indianapolis
- Race: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard
- Date: Sunday, July 31
- Start time: 2:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel: NBC | TSN 3/5 (Canada)
- Live stream: Peacock, fuboTV
- Radio: IMS, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
The NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will be racing this weekend at IMS, as will IndyCar in a rare companion weekend for the two. A.J. Allmendinger won the inaugural Cup race on the IMS road course last year, taking the checkered flag for Kaulig Racing.
The Truck Series will not be at IMS, but they will be close by, racing at IRP.
Rick Allen leads the NBC Cup Series broadcast team in the booth, where he’s joined by former star racers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Burton. Veteran crew chief Steve Letarte adds his technical knowledge for extra analysis.
NBC will cover all races from now through the playoffs either on the main NBC channel or USA Network.
Here’s how and where to watch all the on-track activity for NASCAR this weekend:
Friday, July 29
- (Schedule is tentative and subject to change)
- 10:35 a.m. ET – NASCAR Truck Series practice at IRP
- 3:01 p.m. ET – NASCAR Xfinity Series practice at IMS – USA
- 3:31 p.m. ET – NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying at IMS – USA
- 4:30 p.m. ET – NASCAR Truck Series qualifying at IRP – FOX SPORTS 1
- 6 p.m. ET – ARCA…