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July 17, 2014

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Crown Royal 400 schedule, TV times

NASCAR at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: The Sprint Cup series takes this weekend off before heading to the Brickyard for a July 27 race. ... Who’s Hot/Who’s Not includes drivers Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Morgan Shepherd, Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott.

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Crown Royal 400

What: 160 laps (400 miles)

Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.5-mile paved, slightly banked oval in Indianapolis

When: 1 p.m., July 27

TV: ESPN

Radio: IMS Radio Network

Last year’s winner: Ryan Newman

This week: EnjoyIllinois.com 300, Nationwide Series, Chicagoland Speedway, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2

Worth mentioning: The Nationwide Series is the only one of NASCAR’s three national series to run this weekend. Four drivers – Regan Smith, Chris Buescher, Elliott Sadler and Brian Scott – are eligible for a $100,000 Dash4Cash bonus at Chicagoland, the second of four races in which the bonus is available.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

HOT

Brad Keselowski: Completed the sweep at New Hampshire, winning the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races in dominating fashion.

Kyle Busch: Another driver with a double as Busch earns two runner-up finishes at New Hampshire.

Kyle Larson: Rookie hopes his third-place finish gets him back on track in Cup series.

Regan Smith: Picked up the Nationwide Series points lead and a $100,000 Dash4Cash bonus.

Erik Jones: Young upstart picked up his second career Truck win last weekend at Iowa.

NOT

Morgan Shepherd: Young or old, you don’t race the leaders when you’re 14 laps down.

Jimmie Johnson: Has finished 42nd in back-to-back races.

Chase Elliott: After booming start to year, he has led one lap in the past four races.

Kyle Busch Motorsports: Its Truck team can’t seem to stay out of the NASCAR penalty box.

Jim Utter

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