AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance Print
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Goody's Fast Relief 500
Site: Martinsville, Va.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 12:30-2 p.m., 3:30-5 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, noon-1:30 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (FOX, 12:30-5 p.m.).
Track: Martinsville Speedway (oval, 0.526 miles).
Race distance: 263 miles, 500 laps.
Last year: Denny Hamlin won the rain-delayed race, giving up the lead to take four tires, then rallying from ninth in a pair of two-lap sprints. Joey Logano, Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, was second. Hamlin also won the October race at Martinsville for his third straight victory at his home-state track.
Last week: Kevin Harvick won at Fontana, passing Jimmie Johnson on the final turn for his 15th Sprint Cup victory. Johnson was second, followed by Kyle Busch.
Fast facts: The race is the sixth of the season. Trevor Bayne won the season-opening Daytona 500, Jeff Gordon won at Phoenix, Carl Edwards at Las Vegas and Busch at Bristol. ... Hamlin is attempting to match Fred Lorenzen's record of four straight Cup victories at Martinsville. Lorenzen accomplished the feat from 1963-65. ... Johnson has six victories at the track, winning five times in a six-race stretch from 2006-09. ... Hamlin, Johnson and Busch have combined to win the last 15 short-track races. ... Richard Petty won a record 15 times at Martinsville, the only remaining venue from NASCAR's inaugural 1949 season. ... Mark Martin is making his 800th Cup start.
Next race: Samsung Mobile 500, April 9, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.
Kroger 250
Site: Martinsville, Va.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 2-3:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (10:30-11:30 a.m.), race, 2 p.m. (Speed, 1:30-4:30 p.m.)
Track: Martinsville Speedway (oval, 0.526 miles).
Race distance: 131.5 miles, 250 laps.
Last year: Kevin Harvick pulled away from teammate Ron Hornaday Jr. on a restart with 19 laps to go.
Last race: Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne won at Darlington Raceway on March 12, driving the No. 18 Toyota for owner Kyle Busch. Kahne held off defending series champion Todd Bodine after a late restart.
Fast facts: Busch won the Phoenix race Feb. 25 for his 25th victory in 87 career Trucks starts. He had eight victories in 16 starts last year. ... In October at the track, Hornaday raced to the last of his series-record 47 victories.
Next race: Bully Hill Vineyards 200, April 22, Nashville Superspeedway, Gladeville, Tenn.
Next race: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, April 8, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.
Last week: Kyle Busch raced to his third straight Nationwide victory at Fontana and fifth in the last six races at the California track. He has 46 Nationwide victories, two behind Mark Martin for the series record.
Site: Las Vegas.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 7-9 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 4:30-7 p.m.).
Track: The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Last year: John Force raced to the third of his six 2010 Funny Car victories en route to the season title, beating Tony Pedregon in the final. Larry Dixon (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also won.
Last event: Del Worsham beat seven-time Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher on March 13 in the Gatornationals to become the 15th driver to win Top Fuel and Funny Car events. Mike Neff (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.
Fast facts: Force also won in October at the track. ... The event is the third of the season. ... In February in the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Morgan Lucas won the Top Fuel final, beating Shawn Langdon. Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Line (Pro Stock) also won.
Next event: NHRA 4-Wide Nationals, April 14-17, zMAX Dragway, Concord, N.C.
Next race: Grand Prix of Alabama, April 10, Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala.
Last week: Two-time defending series champion Dario Franchitti won the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Will Power was second, followed by Tony Kanaan and Simona de Silvestro.
Next race: Malaysian Grand Prix, April 10, Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Last week: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel opened his title defense with a victory in the Australian Grand Prix. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was second.
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car, Thursday, Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway, Hanford, Calif.; Friday, Merced Speedway, Merced, Calif.; Saturday, Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, Calif.; Late Model: Illini 100, Saturday, LaSalle Speedway, LaSalle, Ill. Online:


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Jeff Gordon #24 +800
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