Last year: Martin Truex Jr. won after starting eighth.
Last race: Kevin Harvick won the Southern 500 at Darlington, his series-best eighth victory of the season, in the first race of the playoffs.
Fast facts: Harvick leads Denny Hamlin by 19 points and Joey Logano by 46 points. … Harvick has finished in the top 10 in 22 of 27 races this year. … The top nine drivers in the standings have all won a race this season. No. 10, Kyle Busch, hasn’t won since the final race of last season to take the championship.
Next race: Bass Pro Shops Night Race, Sept. 19, Bristol Motor Speedway
Last year: Cole Custer won in the fall and Christopher Bell won in the spring.
Last race: Brandon Jones went from third to first when race leaders Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin crashed with three laps remaining at Darlington.
Fast facts: The series’ doubleheader weekend will leave just one more race to set the field for the playoffs. … Austin Cindric leads Chase Briscoe by 54 points and Chastain by 94 points after 23 races. … Chastain is the only driver in the top eight without a victory.
Next race: Food City 300, Sept. 18, Bristol Motor Speedway
NASCAR TRUCK SERIES
Site: Richmond, Virginia
Schedule: Thursday, race, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Track: Richmond Raceway
Race distance: 250 laps, 187.5 miles
Last year: The series hasn’t raced at Richmond since 2005.
Last race: Ben Rhodes became the seventh different winner this season, moving from fourth to first when the three leaders pitted just before an overtime restart.
Fast facts: This is the final race to set the playoff field. … Austin Hill leads Brett Moffitt by 38 points and Zane Smith by 56. Rhodes is fourth, 63 points off the lead. … Rhodes’ victory was the third of his career and first since 2018.
Next race: UNOH 200, Sept. 17, Bristol Motor Speedway
Last race: Pierre Gasly won for the first time in his career at Monza.
Fast facts: Lewis Hamilton leads his Mercedes teammate Valterri Bottas by 47 points and Max Verstappen by 54 points. … Hamilton finished seventh at Monza after incurring a 10-second stop and go penalty for driving onto pit road when it was closed.
Next race: Russian Grand Prix, Sept. 27, Sochi, Russia.