|AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 02 October 2013 06:42|
HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400
Site: Kansas City, Kan.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 12:30-2 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 5-6:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 2, 11 a.m.-noon, 1:30-3 p.m.); Sunday, race, 2 p.m. (ESPN, 1-5:30 p.m.).
Track: Kansas Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 400.5 miles, 267 laps.
Last year: Matt Kenseth won the caution-marred race. He also won at the track this April.
Last week: Jimmie Johnson raced to his record eighth victory at Dover, holding off Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. Johnson has six victories this season.
Fast facts: The race is the fourth in the 10-race Chase. ... Kenseth, the winner of the first two Chase races at Chicagoland and New England, leads the season standings - eight points ahead of Johnson. Kyle Busch (12 points behind Kenseth) is third, followed by Kevin Harvick (-39), Jeff Gordon (-39), Greg Biffle (-41), Ryan Newman (-48), Clint Bowyer (-51), Kurt Busch (-55), Earnhardt (-57), Carl Edwards (-65), Joey Logano (-66) and Kasey Kahne (-78). ... Kenseth has a series-high seven wins this year. ... Johnson has a record 23 Chase victories in 93 starts. ... Bowyer is from Emporia, Kan.
Next race: Bank of America 500, Oct. 12, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
KANSAS LOTTERY 300
Site: Kansas City, Kan.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 2-5 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Fox Sports 2, noon-1:30 p.m.), race, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN, 3:30-6:30 p.m.).
Track: Kansas Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 250.5 miles, 167 laps.
Last year: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the last of his six 2012 victories en route to his second straight season title, rallying from two laps down. Leader Kyle Busch ran out of gas heading into the final turn in the race extended six laps because of a caution period.
Last week: Joey Logano raced to his fourth straight Dover victory in the series. The win was the 11th of the season for Penske Racing's No. 22 Ford. The car failed postrace inspection and crew chief Jeremy Bullins was fined $10,000 and Roger Penske docked six owner points.
Fast facts: Kyle Busch has won 10 times this season to push his series record to 61. ... Brad Keselowksi is driving Penske's No. 22 Ford. He has five series victories this year. ... Sam Hornish Jr. leads the standings, four pints ahead of Austin Dillon. ... NASCAR fined Nelson Piquet Jr. $10,000 on Tuesday and ordered him to attend sensitivity training for using an anti-gay slur on social media.
Next race: Dollar General 300, Oct. 11, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
CAMPING WORLD TRUCK
Next race: Fred's 250, Oct. 19, Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.
Last week: Timothy Peters raced to his second victory of the year, pulling away on a late restart at Las Vegas.
GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON
Schedule: Friday, practice, first race qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 7-8 p.m.); Saturday, second race qualifying, first race, 3:33 p.m. (NBC Sports Network, 3-6 p.m.); Sunday, second race, 1:33 p.m. (NBC Sports Network, 1-4 p.m.).
Track: Streets of Houston (street course, 1.683 miles).
Race distances: 153 miles, 90 laps.
Last year: Inaugural races.
Last race: Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports' Simon Pagenaud won the Grand Prix of Baltimore on Sept. 1 for his second victory of the year.
Fast facts: The doubleheader is the last of three this season. The first race will feature a standing start. ... The races are being run on a parking lot course at Reliant Stadium, the home of the NFL's Texans. Champ Car ran at Reliant Stadium in 2006 and 2007, with Sebastien Bourdais sweeping the races. CART had a downtown event in 1998-2001. ... Team Penske's Helio Castroneves leads the standings, 49 points ahead of Target Chip Ganassi's Scott Dixon. ... The Indy Lights race is Saturday (NBC Sports Network, Sunday, 4-5 p.m.).
Next race: MavTV 500, Oct. 19, Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.
KOREAN GRAND PRIX
Site: Yeongam, South Korea.
Schedule: Friday, practice (NBC Sports Channel, 1-2:30 a.m.), Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Channel, 1-2:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 2 a.m. (NBC Sports Channel, 1:30-4:30 a.m., 5-8 p.m.).
Track: Korea International Circuit (road course, 3.493 miles).
Race distance: 192.1 miles, 55 laps.
Last year: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel raced to the fourth of his five 2012 victories en route to his third straight season title.
Last race: Vettel won in Singapore on Sept. 22 for his third straight victory and seventh of the year.
Fast facts: Vettel leads the standings, 60 points ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso with six races left. Vettel also won at the track in 2011. ... Alonso won the 2010 event. ... The circuit is about 250 miles south of Seoul. ... The U.S. Grand Prix is Nov. 17 in Austin, Texas.
Next race: Japanese Grand Prix, Oct. 13, Suzuka International, Suzuka, Japan.
NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING
AUTO-PLUS NHRA NATIONALS
Site: Mohnton, Pa.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, Sunday, 3:30-5 a.m.), Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8-11 p.m.).
Track: Maple Grove Raceway.
Last year: Mike Neff won the Funny Car final in the rain-delayed event. Khalild alBalooshi won in Top Fuel, and V. Gaines in Pro Stock. Eddie Krawiec won the postponed Pro Stock Motorcycle final in Las Vegas.
Last week: John Force raced to his record 136th career victory and moved into position for a 16th Funny Car season title, beating Jack Beckman in the Madison, Ill. Antron Brown won in Top Fuel, Erica Enders-Stevens in Pro Stock, and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Fast facts: The event is the fourth in the six-race Countdown. The top 10 in each class qualified for the playoffs. Shawn Langdon leads the Top Fuel standings, 33 points ahead of Doug Kalitta and 35 in front of Spencer Massey. Matt Hagan has a six-point lead over Force in Funny Car, Mike Edwards is 10 points in front of Jeg Coughlin in Pro Stock, and Smith has a 75-point advantage over Hector Arana and Hector Arana Jr. in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Next event: Toyota NHRA Nationals, Oct. 25-27, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.
ARCA RACING SERIES: Kansas Lottery 98.9, Friday (Fox Sports 1, 8:30-10:30 p.m.), Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. Online: http://www.arcaracing.com
AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES: Oak Tree Grand Prix, Saturday (ESPN2, Sunday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.), Virginia International Raceway, Danville, Va. Online: http://www.alms.com
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Friday-Saturday, Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com