ON THE TRACKS SATURDAY More auto racing news & notes
Kyle Busch won for the 10th time in the Xfinity Series this season with a victory at Phoenix International Raceway on the night NASCAR’s second-tier series’ set its inaugural championship field. NASCAR this season rolled out the Chase for its lower two national series with the same elimination format as the Sprint Cup Series. All four spots in the title race were up for grab Saturday night and all eight drivers had a shot at a slot. Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones, both driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, will race for the title next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Also in the field are Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler. Busch is racing today for a spot in Cup’s final four, and new rules will make him ineligible to race in any Chase races in a lower series next year.
Ron Capps won his first NHRA Mello Yello Series Funny Car season title Saturday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Capps earned enough points in qualifying in the NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T to build an insurmountable lead over Matt Hagan. Jack Beckman led Funny Car qualifying with the second-quickest Funny Car pass in NHRA history, a 3.825 at 332.10 in a Dodge Charger R/T. J.R. Todd was the fastest in Top Fuel with a 3.680 at 327.82. Points leader Jason Line topped the Pro Stock field at 6.545 at 211.33 in a Chevrolet Camaro, and Jerry Savoie led in Pro Stock Motorcycle at 6.825 at 194.97 on a Suzuki.
F1 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX
Racing around a wet track, Nico Rosberg was fastest in the final practice Saturday ahead of qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Wet weather — or at least spotty showers — is expected for today’s race in which Rosberg could claim his first drivers’ title. Rosberg is the Formula One season champion if he wins. He can also finish second in Brazil, and third in two weeks in Abu Dhabi, and still be the champion.