AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance Print
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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 07:57
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SPRINT CUP
STP 400
Site: Kansas City, Kan.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 1:30-3 p.m., 4:30-6 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, noon-1:30 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (FOX, 12:30-4 p.m.).
Track: Kansas Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 400.5 miles, 267 laps.
Last year: Brad Keselowski raced to the first of his three 2011 victories, stretching his fuel perfectly. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second.
Last week: Greg Biffle won at Texas to end a 49-race winless streak and give owner Jack Roush his ninth victory in 23 Cup races at the track. Biffle has 17 career victories. Jimmie Johnson was second.
Fast facts: Biffle leads the season standings, 19 points ahead of Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth and Earnhardt. ... Hendrick Motorsports is winless in 13 races since Johnson's victory at the track in October. The organization has 199 wins. ...
Earnhardt is winless in 136 races since his fuel-mileage victory at Michigan in June 2008, his lone win in 151 starts for Hendrick Motorsports. He had 17 victories in 291 starts for Dale Earnhardt Inc. ... Defending series champion Tony Stewart has won two of the first seven races. ... Keselowski won at Bristol last month.
Next race: Richmond 400, April 28, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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CAMPING WORLD TRUCK
SFP 250
Site: Kansas City, Kan.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 3-4:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 10:30-11:30 a.m.), race, 2 p.m. (Speed, 1:30-4:30 p.m.).
Track: Kansas Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 250.5 miles, 167 laps.
Last year: Clint Bowyer won in his home state, leading 142 laps of 167 laps. Bowyer is from Emporia. Johnny Sauter was second.
Last week: Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne won in NASCAR's return to Rockingham Speedway, holding off Turner Motorsports teammate James Buescher. Kahne has four victories in five career Truck Series starts.
Fast facts: Timothy Peters leads the season standings, six points ahead of Justin Lofton. ... The race is the fourth of the season. John King won the opener at Daytona, and Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick took the Martinsville race.
Next race: N. C. Education Lottery 200, May 18, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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NATIONWIDE
Next race: Richmond 250, April 27, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va.
Last week: Defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won at Texas to extend Roush Fenway's Nationwide winning streak at the track to four. Paul Menard was second.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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FORMULA ONE
BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX
Site: Sakhir, Bahrain.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 7-8:30 a.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 7-8:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (Speed, 7:30-10 a.m., 1:30-4 p.m.).
Track: Bahrain International (road course, 3.36 miles).
Race distance: 191.53 miles, 57 laps.
Last year: The race was canceled because of clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso won the 2010 race.
Last week: Mercedes' Nico Rosberg won the Chinese Grand Prix for his first F1 victory, starting from the pole and beating McLaren's Jenson Button by 20.6 seconds.
Fast facts: Protesters hurled firebombs and riot police fired tear gas Friday, hours after F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone declared the Gulf nation safe to host the race. The clashes broke out after the funeral of activist Ahmed Ismail. ... The race is the fourth of the season. Button took the opener in Australia, and Alonso won in Malaysia. ... McLaren's Lewis Hamilton leads the season standings with 45 points, two more than teammate Button. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, an 11-time winner last year en route to his second straight championship, is fifth with 29 points.
Next race: Spanish Grand Prix, May 13, Catalunya Circuit, Barcelona, Spain.
Online: http://www.formula1.com
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INDYCAR
Next race: Sao Paulo Indy 300, April 29, Streets of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo.
Last week: Will Power raced to his second straight victory and kept Penske Racing perfect in three races this season, winning at Long Beach.
Online: http://www.indycar.com
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NHRA FULL THROTTLE
Next event: O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals, April 27-29, Royal Purple Raceway, Baytown, Texas.
Last week: Robert Hight became the fifth Funny Car driver to win four straight races, beating John Force, Cruz Pedregon and Ron Capps in the final of the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Concord, N.C. Spencer Massey won the Top Fuel competition, and Greg Anderson topped the Pro Stock field.
Online: http://www.nhra.com
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OTHER RACES
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Friday, Missouri State Fair Speedway, Sedalia, Mo.; Saturday, Tri-State Speedway, Haubstadt, Ind. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com
U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Sprint Car: Friday, Gas City I-69 Speedway, Gas City, Ind.; Saturday, Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, Ohio. Online: http://www.usacracing.com
 

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