THREE THINGS TO WATCH
1. Sports-(NAS)car updates
Sports-car regular Katherine Legge will make her NASCAR debut Saturday when the Brit wheels a car in the Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio. She has one IMSA win this season. Meanwhile, Christian Fittipaldi, who has raced all over the world and gave NASCAR a crack, will retire as a driver following Daytona’s Rolex 24 next January. The Brazilian made 16 Cup starts between the 2002-2003 seasons.
2. Back to business
The party is over. The celebrations sparked by Chase Elliott nabbing his first Cup Series victory are beginning to subside. Now it’s back to business, which means the “Big 3” is ready to control the next racing news cycle. The hard money will be on Kevin Harvick, since Michigan seems to favor Ford’s brand of horsepower. Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. are sure to be in the mix.
3. Bill Elliott, racing?
NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Bill Elliott, 62, will go back into battle later this month for the first time since 2012. He will be wheeling a NASCAR Xfinity Series car for his old crew chief Mike Beam at Road America on Aug. 25. “When this opportunity came up from Mike, I had to jump on it,” Elliott said. “Beam and I have worked together in the past, so it will be exciting to get back.”
— Godwin Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org