AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance Print
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Wednesday, 26 September 2012 05:52
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AAA 400
Site: Dover, Del.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 1:30-3 p.m.); Sunday, race, 2 p.m. (ESPN, 1-6 p.m.).
Track: Dover International Speedway (oval, 1.0 miles).
Race distance: 400 miles, 400 laps.
Last year: Kurt Busch raced to the second of his two 2011 victories, holding off Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards.
Last week: Denny Hamlin won at New Hampshire to match Brad Keselowski for the season victory lead with four. Johnson was second.
Fast facts: Five-time series champion Johnson, second in the first two races in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, leads the standings. Keselowski, the Chicagoland winner two weeks ago, is second - one point behind. Hamlin is third (seven points behind Johnson), followed by defending series champion Tony Stewart (-10), Kasey Kahne (-15), Clint Bowyer (-15), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-26), Kevin Harvick (-31), Greg Biffle (-33), Martin Truex Jr. (-34), Matt Kenseth (-35) and Jeff Gordon (-45). ... Johnson raced to his seventh Dover in June, matching Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for the track record. Johnson led 289 of the 400 laps. ... Danica is making her seventh start of the season. ... Defending Nationwide champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is making his third career Cup start. He will run the full schedule next year for Roush Fenway.
Next race: Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500, Oct. 7, Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.
Site: Dover, Del.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 12:30-2:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, noon-1:30 p.m.), race, 4 p.m. (ESPN, 3-6 p.m.).
Track: Dover International Speedway (oval, 1.0 miles).
Race distance: 200 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Carl Edwards raced to the seventh of his eight 2011 victories, completing a season sweep at Dover. He led 179 of the 200 laps.
Last week: Austin Dillon completed a Kentucky Speedway season sweep, and Richard Childress teammate Elliott Sadler was fifth to regain the points lead.
Fast facts: Sadler has a four-point lead over defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Dillon is third, 19 points back. Stenhouse has five victories this year, and Sadler has won four times. ... Joey Logano won the June race for the fourth of his series-leading six victories this year in Joe Gibbs' No. 18 Toyota. The car leads the owners' standings, 13 points ahead of Richard Childress' No. 2 Chevrolet driven by Sadler. ... Kyle Busch, the series career victory leader with 51, is winless in 16 starts this season in his own Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 54 Toyota. He three series victories at the track.
Next race: Dollar General 300, Oct. 12, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
Site: Las Vegas.
Schedule: Friday, practice, qualifying; Saturday, 8:30 p.m. (Speed, 8-11 p.m.)
Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 219 miles, 146 laps.
Last year: Ron Hornaday Jr. raced to the last of series-record 51 victories.
Last week: James Buescher completed a Kentucky Speedway season sweep, pulling away for his series-leading fourth victory of the year. Parker Kligerman was second.
Fast facts: Ty Dillon leads the season standings, four points ahead of Buescher. Timothy Peters is third, 26 points behind Dillon. ... Action sports star Travis Pastrana is making his series debut, driving ThorSport Racing's No. 98 Toyota.
Next race: Coca-Cola 250, Oct. 6, Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.
Site: Madison, Ill.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, Sunday, 3-4:30 a.m.), Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8-11 p.m.).
Track: Gateway Motor Sports Park.
Last year: No event.
Last week: Antron Brown raced to his fifth Top Fuel victory of the season to tie teammate Spencer Massey for the points lead, beating Massey in the final in the Texas NHRA Fall Nationals. Bob Tasca topped the Funny Car field, Allen Johnson won in Pro Stock, and Michael Ray paced the Pro Stock Motorcycle competition.
Fast facts: The event is the third in the six-race NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship. The top 10 in each class qualified for the playoffs. ... The series is returning to recently reopened Gateway after a one-year absence. ... Ron Capps leads the Funny Car standings, 96 points ahead of Mike Neff and 97 ahead of Jack Beckman. Johnson has a 93-point lead over Jason Line in Pro Stock, and Ed Krawiec leads Andrew Hines by 11 points in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Next event: Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals, Oct. 5-7, Maple Grove Raceway, Mohnton, Pa.
Next race: Japanese Grand Prix, Oct. 7, Suzuka International, Suzuka, Japan.
Last week: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the Singapore Grand Prix for the second straight year to jump from fourth to second in the season standings. The two-time defending series champion also won this year in Bahrain.
GRAND-AM ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES: Championship Weekend, Saturday (Speed, 3-6 p.m.), Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Conn. Online:
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Morgan Hughes National Open, Friday-Saturday, Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa. Online:
U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Sprint Car: Saturday, Lawrenceburg Speedway, Lawrenceburg, Ind. Online:


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