|AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 15 February 2012 06:40|
Site: Daytona Beach. Fla.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 5-7:30 p.m.), selection show (Speed, 8:30-10 p.m.); Saturday, race, 8:10 p.m. (FOX, 8-10 p.m.).
Track: Daytona International Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles).
Race distance: 187.5 miles, 75 laps (25- and 50-lap segments, with 10-minute pit stop).
Last year: Kurt Busch won after Denny Hamlin was penalized for going below the out-of-bounds line on a last-lap pass for the lead.
Fast facts: The top 25 in the 2011 standings and past Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400 and Shootout winners are eligible for the non-points race. ... Kevin Harvick won in 2009 and 2010. ... Busch is making his first start for Phoenix Racing. ... Last year at the track, Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 and David Ragan won the Coke Zero 400 in July. ... Daytona 500 practice is set for Saturday (Speed, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.) and front-row qualifying is Sunday (FOX, 1-4 p.m.)
Next races: Gatorade Duel, Feb. 23; Daytona 500, Feb. 26.
NHRA FULL THROTTLE
NHRA ARIZONA NATIONALS
Site: Chandler, Ariz.
Schedule: Friday-Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, Saturday, 8-10 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 9-midnight).
Track: Firebird International Raceway.
Last year: Jack Beckman topped the Funny Car field in the October event, outrunning Don Schumacher Racing teammate Johnny Gray in the final. Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.
Last week: John Force raced to his 134th Funny Car victory, beating Mike Neff in the season-opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. The 62-year-old Force, a 15-time season champion, has six victories in the event and 15 at the track. Spencer Massey (Top Fuel) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) also won.
Fast facts: Beckman also won in 2010 at the track. ... The 2010 event was marred by the death of a fan struck by a tire that flew off a crashing car.
Next race: NHRA Gatornationals, March 8-11, Auto Plus Raceway At Gainesville, Gainesville, Fla.
ARCA RACING SERIES: Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200, Saturday (Speed, 4:30-6:30 p.m.), Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla. On the Net: http://www.arcaracing.com
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: UNOH DIRTcar Nationals, Friday-Sunday, Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, Fla. Late Model: Late Model Winter Nationals, Thursday-Saturday, Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, Fla. Super DirtCar: UNOH DIRTcar Nationals, Thursday-Sunday, Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, Fla. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com