The Sprint Cup Series is out of commission this week, its last off-weekend of the season. But fans still have plenty of racing action to look forward to this weekend with the Nationwide Series in Montreal and the Camping World Truck Series at Chicagoland.
Nationwide heads north to our neighbor Canada for the third and final road-course race of the season at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The 2.71-mile track has 15 turns and has provided dramatic racing since it was added to the Nationwide schedule in 2007. Last year Marcos Ambrose's mistake at the final chicane allowed Carl Edwards to swoop in and capture the win. Can Ambrose overcome his bad luck to claim his first victory at Montreal?
Meanwhile the Truck Series makes a stop in the Windy City. Kyle Busch won the series' inaugural race at the 1.5-mile tri-oval in 2009. Busch made history last week by achieving the elusive trifecta of wins across all three series in a single race weekend. Can he make history again by becoming the only Truck Series driver to win at Chicagoland?
The Truck Series gets on track Friday at Chicagoland for the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 and the Nationwide Series makes a rare Sunday appearance at Montreal for the Napa Auto Parts 200.
The Sprint Cup Series returns next weekend at Atlanta, the second-to-last race before the Chase for the Sprint Cup is determined.
The following is a handy guide to track events and television coverage this weekend at Chicagoland and Montreal (all times Eastern Standard Time. Events without a channel listed will not be televised):
Friday, August 27:
11:30 a.m. NCWTS Final Practice
4:30 p.m. NCWTS Qualifying at Chicagoland, SPEED
5:00 p.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2 (reruns at 4 a.m.)
7:00 p.m. ARCA Racing Series: Ansell Protective Gloves 150 at Chicagoland, SPEED
8:30 p.m. NCWTS SetUp, SPEED (reruns Saturday at 11:30 p.m.)
9:00 p.m. NCWTS: Chicagoland 225, SPEED. Green flag: 9:19 p.m.(reruns Sunday at 12 a.m.)
Saturday, August 28:
9 a.m. NNS Practice at Montreal
11:30 a.m. NNS Final Practice, ESPN2
5:00 p.m. NNS Qualifying, ESPN2
Sunday, August 29:
2:00 p.m. NNS Countdown at Montreal, ESPN2
2:30 p.m. NNS: NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge, ESPN2. Green flag: 2:48 p.m. (reruns at 3 a.m.)
Photo: 2009 Nationwide race at Montreal. (Jason Smith/Getty Images)