AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance Print
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Wednesday, 17 October 2012 08:32
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SPRINT CUP
HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400
Site: Kansas City, Kan.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 12:30-2 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 5-6:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (ESPN2, 11 a.m.-noon; Speed, 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: Jimmie Johnson won the last of his two 2011 victories.
Last week: Clint Bowyer raced to his third victory of the season, winning a fuel-mileage race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Series leader Brad Keselowski dominated, but ran out of gas with 58 laps left. He fell a lap down and finished 11th.
Fast facts: The race is the sixth of 10 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Keselowski, the winner of two of the first four Chase races, has a seven-point lead over five-time series champion Johnson. Denny Hamlin is third, 15 points behind Keselowski, followed by Bowyer (-28), Kahne (-35), Greg Biffle (-43), Martin Truex Jr. (-49), Tony Stewart (-50), Jeff Gordon (-50), Kevin Harvick (-56), Matt Kenseth (-67) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-86). ... The track has been repaved and reconfigured since Hamlin's victory in the May race. ... Earnhardt is sitting out his second straight race because of concussions Aug. 29 in a tire test at Kansas and Oct. 7 at Talladega. Regan Smith will again take Earnhardt's spot in Hendrick Motorsports' No. 88 Chevrolet. ... Bowyer is from Emporia, Kan. ... Next season, the top 35 cars in owners' points will no longer be guaranteed starting spots. NASCAR will use a 36-6-1 format in which the fastest 36 cars will get in on speed. The next six cars in owners points not already qualified will get spots, followed by the most recent eligible past champion driver.
Next race: Tums Fast Relief 500, Oct. 28, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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NATIONWIDE
KANSAS LOTTERY 300
Site: Kansas City, Kan.
Schedule: Friday, practice (ESPN2, 2-5 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, noon-1:30 p.m.), race, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN, 3-6:30 p.m.).
Track: Kansas Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski raced to the fourth of his five 2011 victories, leading 173 of 200 laps.
Last week: Joey Logano won at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his series-leading eighth victory of the year. Fellow Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick was second.
Fast facts: Elliott Sadler leads the season standings with four races left, 13 points ahead of 2011 series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Austin Dillon, Sadler's Richard Childress Racing teammate, is third - 29 points back. ... Joe Gibbs' No. 18 Toyota tops the owners' standings, 19 points ahead of the Childress' No. 2 Chevrolet driven by Sadler. Logano is driving the No. 18 for the 11th time this year. The winner at the track in 2009 and 2010, he has six victories in the No. 18 and two in the No. 20. ... Nur Ali is trying to become the first Pakistani driver to race in one of NASCAR's top three series. He will attempt to qualify for Rick Ware Racing. ... Next year, NASCAR is cutting the series' fields from a maximum of 43 to 40 cars.
Next race: O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Nov. 3, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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CAMPING WORLD TRUCK
Next race: Kroger 20, Oct. 27, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.
Last race: Parker Kligerman won at Talladega on Oct. 6 for his first NASCAR victory. The race ended under caution.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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FORMULA ONE
Next race: Indian Grand Prix, Oct. 28, Buddh International Circuit, New Delhi.
Last week: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took the points lead in his bid for a third straight season championship, winning the Korean Grand Prix for his third straight victory and fourth of the season.
Online: http://www.formula1.com
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NHRA FULL THROTTLE
Next event: Big O Tires Nationals, Oct. 26-28, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.
Last event: Mike Neff raced to his fourth Funny Car victory of the year, winning the rain-delayed event in Mohnton, Pa., on Oct. 8. Khalild alBalooshi won in Top Fuel, and V. Gaines topped the Pro Stock field. The Pro Stock Motorcycle final between Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec was postponed until Oct. 25 at Las Vegas.
Online: http://www.nhra.com
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OTHER RACES
ARCA RACING SERIES: Kansas Lottery 98.9, Friday (Speed, 8:30-10:30 p.m.), Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. Online: http://www.arcaracing.com
AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES: Petit Le Mans, Saturday (Sunday, ABC, 1-3 p.m.), Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga. Online: http://www.americanlemans.com
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Super DirtCar: Sunday, Orange County Fairgrounds Speedway, Middletown, N.Y. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com
 

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Sprint Cup - Odds to Win the Camping World RV Sales 301 @ New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Jimmie Johnson #48 +500
Kevin Harvick #4 +750
Brad Keselowski #2 +750
Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 +800
Jeff Gordon #24 +900
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