AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance Print
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Site: Concord, N.C.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, noon-3 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 5-7:30 p.m.); Saturday, Sprint Showdown, 7:30 p.m., All-Star Race, approximately 9 p.m. (Speed, 5-11 p.m.).
Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distances: Sprint Showdown, 40 laps, 60 miles (two 20-lap segments). All-Star Race, 90 laps, 135 miles (four 20-lap segments and 10-lap finale).
Last year: Jimmie Johnson won the exhibition event for the third time, winning the first 20-lap segment, riding around at the back of the field for the next three segments, then pulling away in the 10-lap finale.
Last week: Matt Kenseth raced to his third victory in his first season at Joe Gibbs Racing, easily holding off teammate Denny Hamlin at Darlington.
Fast facts: The top two in the Sprint Showdown and a driver selected in fan voting will complete the All-Star field. ... The winners of the four 20-lap segments will line up in positions Nos. 1-4 entering the mandatory pit stop before the 10-lap final segment. If there is a repeat segment winner, the second-place finisher will get the spot. Only green-flag laps will count in the final segment.
Next race: Coca-Cola 600, May 26, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
Site: Concord, N.C.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 10:30 a.m.-noon), qualifying (Speed, 4-5 p.m.), race, 8 p.m. (Speed, 7:30-10:30 p.m.).
Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 201 miles, 134 laps.
Last year: Justin Lofton raced to his first series victory, getting the jump on leader Brad Keselowski on a late restart and holding on.
Last race: Matt Crafton won at Kansas Speedway on April 20 for his third series victory. Joey Coulter was second.
Fast facts: Keselowski and fellow Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch are racing. Busch has four series victories at the track. ... Crafton leads the season standings, 13 points ahead of Johnny Sauter and Jeb Burton. Sauter has two victories in the first four races of the season.
Next race: Lucas Oil 200, May 31, Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del.
Next race: History 300, May 25, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
Last week: Kyle Busch won at Darlington for his fifth victory of the year and record 56th in the series. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Elliott Sadler was second.
Site: Topeka, Kan.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 5:30-7:30 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8-11 p.m.).
Track: Heartland Park Topeka.
Last year: Jack Beckman won in Funny Car, beating Don Schumacher Racing teammate Ron Capps. David Grubnic won the Top Fuel division, and Allen Johnson topped the Pro Stock field.
Last week: Antron Brown won the rain-delayed NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway for his second Top Fuel victory of the year. Johnny Gray topped the Funny Car field, and Mike Edwards won in Pro Stock.
Fast facts: Seven-time season champion Schumacher leads the Top Fuel standings, five points ahead of defending series champion Brown. Schumacher has two victories this year. ... Cruz Pedregon tops the Funny Car standings, 13 points in front of Matt Hagan. Pedregon has won twice this season. ... Edwards leads the Pro Stock standings. He also has two wins this year.
Next event: NHRA Summernationals, May 30June 2, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, N.J.
Next race: Indianapolis 500, May 26, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis.
Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Sunday, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, noon-6:30 p.m.).
Last race: Andretti Autosport's James Hinchcliffe won the Sao Paulo 300 on May 5 for his second victory of the year, passing Takuma Sato on the final turn. The Canadian also won the opener at St. Petersburg, Fla.
Next race: Monaco Grand Prix, May 26, Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Last week: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso won the Spanish Grand Prix in front of his home fans for his second victory of the year. Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen was second.
ARCA RACING SERIES: Menards 200, Sunday (Speed, 2-4 p.m.), Toledo Speedway, Toledo, Ohio. Online:
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Friday-Saturday, Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Sunday, Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, N.Y. Online:
U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Silver Crown: Hall of Fame Classic, Saturday, Lucas Oil Raceway, Clermont, Ind. Sprint Car: Friday, Bloomington Speedway, Bloomington, Ind. Online:


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