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NHRA Gatornationals
Site: Gainesville, Fla.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, midnight-1:30 a.m.; Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 6-9 p.m.).
Track: Gainesville Raceway.
Last year: Tony Schumacher won in Top Fuel and Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also raced to victories. Mike Edwards won the rain-delayed Arizona Nationals Pro Stock event in Gainesville.
Last event: Morgan Lucas won the Top Fuel final Feb. 27 in the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., beating former high school classmate Shawn Langdon in the final. Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Line (Pro Stock) also won.
Fast facts: NASCAR driver Kurt Busch is attempting to qualify in Pro Stock. ... John Force won his NHRA-record 15th Funny Car championship last year, winning six events to push his total to 132. At 61, Force became the oldest NHRA champion. ... The event opens the 16-race Pro Stock Motorcycle season. LE Tonglet won the season title last year.
Next race: NHRA Nationals, April 1-3, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.
Too Tough to Tame 200
Site: Darlington, S.C.
Schedule: Saturday, practice, qualifying, race, 5 p.m. (Speed, 3:30-7:30 p.m.)
Track: Darlington Raceway (oval, 1.366 miles)
Race distance: 200.8 miles, 147 laps.
Last year: Todd Bodine raced to the third of his four 2010 victories en route to the season title, holding off Timothy Peters in the final two restarts.
Last race: Kyle Busch won a wreck-filled race Feb. 25 at Phoenix, leading the final 107 laps. He has 25 victories in 87 career Trucks starts. Clint Bowyer was second.
Fast facts: Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne will drive Busch's No. 18 Toyota. Kahne raced to his first Trucks victory at Darlington in 2004. ... Michael Waltrip won the season-opening race at Daytona.
Next race: Kroger 250, April 2, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.
Next race: Jeff Byrd 500, March 20, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.
Last week: Carl Edwards won at Las Vegas, beating Tony Stewart.
Next race: Scotts EZ Seed 300, March 19, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.
Last week: Mark Martin won at Las Vegas for his record 49th Nationwide victory, taking the lead when Brad Keselowski cut a tire on the final lap. Danica Patrick was fourth, the best finish by a female driver in a national NASCAR race.
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car, Mini Gold Cup, Saturday, Silver Dollar Speedway, Chico, Calif. Online:
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