Quick Facts: Larson’s win was his second of the season and Chevrolet’s 11th straight on a road course. … Elliott clinched the regular-season title and Larson moved up to second in the points race. He is the eighth multiple winner of the season. … Ryan Blaney is 25 points ahead of Martin Truex Jr. for the final playoff spot if there isn’t a different 16th winner in the final race of the regular season. … Kurt Busch will miss his fifth straight race as he recovers from a concussion suffered at Pocono. He received an injury waiver from NASCAR, and since there can be no more than 16 race winners in the regular season, he will still be in the playoffs if he recovers in time.
Next race: September 4, Darlington, South Carolina.
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Location: Daytona Beach, Florida.
Time: Friday, qualifying, 3:05 p.m., and race, 7:30 p.m.
Track: Daytona International Speedway
Race distance: 100 laps, 250 miles.
Last year: Justin Haley won after starting ninth.
Last race: Kyle Larson took the lead with five laps to go at Watkins Glen when teammate and leader William Byron and Ty Gibbs spun past him.
Fast facts: Finalist AJ Allmendinger posted his 19th top 10 in 22 races and leads Gibbs by 61 points and Justin Allgaier by 70 with four races remaining before the start of the playoffs at 12. … Byron, who led 35 laps, and Gibbs, who led 25, reconnected in the final laps and finished 25th and 27th respectively. … Allgaier finished 38th – last – after an early crash. … Sammy Smith, 18, finished third in just his fourth career start and led seven laps.
Next race: September 3, Darlington, South Carolina.
Final Race: Chandler Smith led the final 175 of 250 laps at Richmond to win for the third time this season and secure a spot in the second round of the playoffs.
Next race: September 9, Kansas City, Kansas.
Location: Francorchamps, Malmedy and Stavelot, Belgium.
Hours: Friday, practice, 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Saturday, practice, 7 a.m. and qualifying, 10 a.m.; Sunday, race, 9 a.m. (ESPN).
Circuit: Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps.
Race distance: 44 laps, 191.398 miles.
Last year: Max Verstappen won after starting on pole.
Last race: Verstappen, the defending series champion, overcame a spin and his worst starting spot of the season to win the Hungarian Grand Prix, his second consecutive victory and his eighth in 13 races, extending his lead in the championship.
Fast facts: Verstappen leads Charles LeClerc by 80 points and Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez by 85 through 13 of 23 races. … LeClerc won seven poles; the other drivers in the series combined to win six. … The top seven drivers in the points are the only ones to have finished in the top three in any race and only four have won at least once.
Next race: September 4, North Holland, Netherlands.
Last race: Josef Newgarden won at World Wide Technology Raceway, his fifth victory of the season, the best in the series, and trailed three points behind series leader and Team Penske teammate Will Power with two races to go.
Next race: September 4, Portland, Oregon.
Last event: Steve Torrence won in Top Fuel and Bob Tasca III won in Funny Car in Minnesota.
Next event: August 31-Sept. 5, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Upcoming events: August 26, Grand Forks, ND, and August 27, West Fargo, ND.
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