AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance Print
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Wednesday, 22 September 2010 05:34
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AAA 400
Site: Dover, Del.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 3-4:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 12:30-1:30 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (ESPN2, noon-1 p.m., ESPN, 1-5 p.m.).
Track: Dover International Speedway (oval, 1.0 miles).
Race distance: 400 miles, 400 laps.
Last year: Jimmie Johnson completed a season sweep at the Monster Mile, beating Hendrick teammate Mark Martin in the second of the 10 Chase races.
Last week: Clint Bowyer won the Chase opener at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, taking the lead when Tony Stewart ran out of gas with a lap left.
Fast facts: Denny Hamlin leads the Chase standings, 35 points ahead of Bowyer - the last of the 12 playoff qualifiers. Kevin Harvick is third, 45 points behind Hamlin. Four-time defending series champion Johnson is 92 points behind Hamlin in seventh place. ... Kyle Busch swept the Cup and Nationwide races at the track in May.
Next race: Price Chopper 400, Oct. 3, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Dover 200
Site: Dover, Del.
Schedule: Friday, practice (ESPN2, 1-3 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 10:30 a.m.-noon), race, 3 p.m. (ESPN2, 3-6 p.m.).
Track: Dover International Speedway (oval, 1.0 miles).
Race distance: 200 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Clint Bowyer raced to his second victory of the year, taking the lead with 83 laps left and holding off Mike Bliss.
Last race: Kevin Harvick won at Richmond on Sept. 10, racing to his third victory of the year and 37th overall. Points leader Brad Keselowski was second.
Fast facts: Kyle Busch, the winner in May at the track, has a record-tying 10 victories in 22 Nationwide starts this year. He also won 10 times in 2008 to match the mark set by Sam Ard in 1983. Busch, not running for the season championship after winning the 2009 title, is second on the Nationwide victory list with 40 - eight behind Mark Martin. ... Keselowski has a 373-point lead over Carl Edwards with eight races left. Keselowski has four victories this season. ... Danica Patrick is making her seventh start in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 7 Chevrolet.
Next race: Kansas Lottery 300, Oct. 2, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Smith's Food & Drug Stores 350
Site: Las Vegas.
Schedule: Saturday, practice, qualifying, race, 9:30 p.m. (Speed, 9:30 p.m.-midnight).
Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (tri-oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 219 miles, 146 laps.
Last year: Johnny Sauter won for the first time in the Trucks Series, taking the lead from Matt Crafton with 16 laps left.
Last week: Kyle Busch raced to his fifth Trucks victory of the season and 80th overall NASCAR win, passing James Buescher on the final restart at New Hampshire.
Fast facts: Todd Bodine, the 2006 series champion and a four-time winner this year, has a 237-point lead over Aric Almirola with six races left. Sauter is third, 310 points behind Bodine. ... Ken Schrader is making his sixth start of the year for Kevin Harvick Inc., driving the No. 2 Chevrolet.
Next race: Kroger 200, Oct. 23, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.
Singapore Grand Prix
Site: Singapore.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 9:30-11 a.m.), Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 10-11:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (Speed, 7:30-10 a.m., 1-3:30 p.m.).
Track: Marina Bay (street course, 3.148 miles).
Race distance: 191.97 miles, 61 laps.
Last year: McLaren's Lewis Hamilton raced to the second of his two 2009 victories, starting from the pole and finishing 9.6 seconds ahead of Timo Glock.
Last race: Fernando Alonso won the Italian Grand Prix on Sept. 12, giving Ferrari a victory on its home track. McLaren's Jenson Button was second, 2.9 seconds back. Red Bull's Mark Webber finished sixth to regain the season points lead.
Fast facts: Webber has 187 points with four races left. Hamilton is second with 182, followed by Alonso (166), Button (165) and Sebastian Vettel (163). ... Webber also leads the series with four victories. Hamilton and Alonso are three-time winners.
Next race: Japanese Grand Prix, Oct. 10, Suzuka International, Suzuka, Japan.
NHRA Fall Nationals
Site: Ennis, Texas.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, Sunday, 1-2 a.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 7-10 p.m.).
Track: Texas Motorplex.
Last year: Robert Hight topped the Funny Car field, and Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle) won their divisions.
Last week: Larry Dixon raced to his 11th Top Fuel win of year, beating Doug Kalitta in Concord, N.C., to remain perfect in 2010 final-round appearances. Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Anderson (Pro Stock) and Louis Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.
Fast facts: The event is the third of six in the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship. ... Dixon has an 85-point lead over Cory McClenathan in the Top Fuel standings, 14-time champion John Force leads Jack Beckman by four points in the Funny Car title race, and Mike Edwards is 27 points ahead of Anderson in Pro Stock.
Next event: Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals, Oct. 8-10, Maple Grove Raceway, Mohnton, Pa.
Next race: Miami Indy 300, Oct. 2, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Fla.
Last week: Helio Castroneves won the Indy Japan 300 for his second straight victory and third of the year. Dario Franchitti finished second and is 12 points behind series leader Will Power with one race left. Power was third.
U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Silver Crown and Sprint Car, 4-Crown Nationals, Saturday, Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, Ohio. Online:
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car, 4-Crown Nationals, Friday, Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, Ohio; Saturday, Lernerville Speedway, Sarver, Pa.


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