What do we have our eye on this weekend in action motorsport? Here’s a quick rundown of some of the major events on the board, and how to watch them:
WRC Rally Sweden
Race: Friday, 12:45AM ET, WRC+; Saturday, 12:45AM ET, WRC+; Sunday, 2:15AM ET, WRC+
Although the weather forced some significant route changes, including the shift of Friday and Saturday’s action to Norway, Rally Sweden has been able to go on as planned. Defending WRC champion Ott Tanak won the event last season, while Thierry Neuville leads the incoming standings after a win in Monte Carlo. Notables competing in lower classes include Mads Ostberg in WRC-2 and Johan Kristoffersson and Oliver Solberg in WRC-3.
Monster Energy Supercross Tampa
Race: Saturday, 7PM ET, NBCSN
The other half of this year’s 250 field finally makes its debut this weekend at Raymond James Stadium, but the real story remains a compelling 450 title fight that just got more interesting with Cooper Webb’s win in San Diego. That victory enabled him to pass Justin Barcia for third in points, while Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac are separated by just one point as they each pursue their first indoor 450 crown. Saturday’s race marks Tampa’s first Supercross event in two years.
NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500
Race: Sunday, 2:30PM ET, FOX
After tonight’s Bluegreen Duels set the starting grid, Sunday’s Daytona 500 kicks off the NASCAR Cup Series season proper with its biggest event. Joe Gibbs Racing enters as the team to beat: Denny Hamlin rode a win in last year’s Great American Race all the way to a Championship 4 berth, while Erik Jones survived last Sunday’s Busch Clash to take the victory. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. qualified on the pole for his debut event with JTG Daugherty Racing, while Jimmie Johnson kicks off his final full season.