AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance Print
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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 06:16
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SPRINT CUP
ADVOCARE 500
Site: Hampton, Ga.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 6-7:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 1:30-3 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 5-7 p.m.); Sunday, race, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN, 6:30-11:30 p.m.).
Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway (tri-oval, 1.54 miles).
Race distance: 500.5 miles, 325 laps.
Last year: Tony Stewart raced to the first of his two 2010 victories, pulling away from Carl Edwards.
Last week: Brad Keselowski won at Bristol, racing to his third victory of the season - and second since breaking his left ankle Aug. 3 - to nearly wrap up a spot in the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup. Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Edwards and Kevin Harvick clinched Chase spots.
Fast facts: There are two races left in the regular season. The top 10 in the standings and the top two victory leaders from Nos. 11-20 will earn spots in the Chase. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is ninth, 39 points ahead of Stewart. Keselowski is 11th (21 points behind Stewart) and Clint Bowyer is 12th (22 points behind Stewart). Keselowski and Denny Hamlin (13th with one victory) are in the wild-card positions. ... Speedway Motorsports Inc. shifted one of Atlanta's two races to Kentucky Speedway, leaving the Georgia track that opened in 1960 with one event for the first time.
Next race: Wonderful Pistachios 400, Sept. 10, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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NATIONWIDE
GREAT CLIPS 300
Site: Hampton, Ga.
Schedule: Saturday, practice (Speed, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 3:30-5 p.m.), race, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2, 7-10 p.m.).
Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway (tri-oval, 1.54 miles).
Race distance: 300.3 miles, 195 laps.
Last year: Jamie McMurray held off Kyle Busch for his first series victory since 2004.
Last week: Busch raced to his 50th Nationwide victory to break a tie with Mark Martin for the series record, edging Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano at Bristol. Busch leads the series with seven victories.
Fast facts: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has a five-point lead over Elliott Sadler with nine races left. Reed Sorenson is third, 10 points behind Stenhouse. ... In the owner's standings, Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 Toyota has a 50-point lead over Roush Fenway Racing's No. 60 Ford. Busch has driven the No. 18 in 17 of the 25 races, and Carl Edwards has made 24 starts in the No. 60. ... Brad Keselowski will drive the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge for the first time since breaking his left ankle in an Aug. 3 crash in testing at Road Atlanta. He has won two Cup races since the injury.
Next race: Virginia 529 College Savings 250, Sept. 9, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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CAMPING WORLD TRUCK
ATLANTA 200
Site: Hampton, Ga.
Schedule: Friday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 5-6 p.m.), race, 8 p.m. (Speed, 7:30-10:30 p.m.).
Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway (tri-oval, 1.54 miles).
Race distance: 202.2 miles, 130 laps.
Last year: Kevin Harvick won the first of his three 2010 Truck Series victories.
Last week: Harvick raced to his third straight Truck victory, holding off Johnny Sauter at Bristol. Coming off victories at Pocono and Michigan, Harvick led the final 103 laps en route to his 12th career Truck win.
Fast facts: Sauter has a seven-point lead over James Buescher with nine races left. Timothy Peters is third, 15 points behind Sauter. ... Kyle Busch has a series-record four victories at the track.
Next race: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 225, Sept. 16, Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Ill.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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INDYCAR
BALTIMORE GRAND PRIX
Site: Baltimore.
Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, practice, qualifying (Versus, 2-3 p.m.); Sunday, race, 2:45 p.m. (Versus, 2-5 p.m.).
Track: Streets of Baltimore (street course, 2.0 miles).
Race distance: 150 miles, 75 laps.
Last year: Inaugural race.
Last week: Australia's Will Power won for the second straight year at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., leading a Team Penske podium sweep for his series-leading fifth victory of the year. Helio Castroneves was second.
Fast facts: Target Chip Ganassi's Dario Franchitti, a four-time winner this year, has a 26-point lead over Power with four races left. Franchitti was fourth in Sonoma. ... The downtown course runs along the Inner Harbor and goes around Oriole Park at Camden Yards. ... The 35-lap Indy Lights race also is Sunday (Versus, noon-2 p.m.).
Next race: Indy Japan 300, Sept. 17, Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan.
Online: http://www.indycar.com
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NHRA FULL THROTTLE
U.S. NATIONALS
Site: Clermont, Ind.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying; Sunday, qualifying (ESPN2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., ESPN2, 5-7 p.m.); Monday, final eliminations (ESPN2, noon-6 p.m.).
Track: Lucas Oil Raceway.
Last year: Larry Dixon raced to the 10th of his record 12 Top Fuel victories in 2010. Ashley Force Hood (Funny Car), Greg Stanfield (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.
Last event: Antron Brown won the NHRA Nationals on Aug. 21 in Brainerd, Minn., for his fourth Top Fuel victory of the season. Johnny Gray (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.
Fast facts: The event ends the 16-race regular season. The top 10 in each division will qualify for the six-race Countdown to 1 playoffs. ... Del Worsham leads the Top Fuel standings, 136 points ahead of Brown. Worsham, a six-time winner this year, only needs to qualify to wrap up the top playoff seed. ... In Funny Car, Mike Neff has a 141-point lead over Robert Hight. ... Anderson has locked up the top Pro Stock seed.
Next event: O'Reilly Auto Parts Nationals, Sept. 15-18, zMAX Dragway, Concord, N.C.
Online: http://www.nhra.com
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FORMULA ONE
Next race: Italian Grand Prix, Sept. 11, Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy.
Last week: Sebastian Vettel won the Belgian Grand Prix for his seventh victory of the season and 17th overall. Red Bull teammate Mark Webber was second.
Online: http://www.formula1.com
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OTHER RACES
ARCA RACING SERIES: Southern Illinois 100, Monday, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, Macon, Ill. Online: http://www.arcaracing.com
AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES: Baltimore Grand Prix, Saturday (ABC, Sunday, 4-6 p.m.), Streets of Baltimore, Baltimore. Online: http://www.americanlemans.com
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Friday-Saturday, Skagit Speedway, Alger, Wash.; Monday, Cottage Grove Speedway, Cottage Grove, Ore. Late Model: Black Diamond 125, Saturday, Tyler County Speedway, Middlebourne, W.Va.; Workforce 50, Sunday, Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, Markleysburg, Pa. Super DirtCar: Sunday, Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, N.Y. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com
U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Silver Crown: Ted Horn 100, Sunday, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, Macon, Ill. Online: http://www.usacracing.com
 

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