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SPRINT CUP
GOOD SAM CLUB 500
Site: Talladega, Ala.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 2:30-5 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, noon-3 p.m.); Sunday, race, 2 p.m. (ESPN, 1-6 p.m.)
Track: Talladega Superspeedway (oval, 2.66 miles).
Race distance: 500 miles, 188 laps.
Last year: Clint Bowyer passed Richard Childress Racing teammate Kevin Harvick for the lead an instant before a last-lap caution flag.
Last week: Matt Kenseth won at Charlotte Motor Speedway, passing Kyle Busch on a restart with 25 laps remaining. Kenseth has three victories this year.
Fast facts: Carl Edwards leads the Chase standings, five points ahead of Harvick with five races left. Kenseth is third, seven points behind Edwards. Busch, 18 points behind Edwards, is fourth, followed by Tony Stewart (-24), Brad Keselowski (-25), Kurt Busch (-27), five-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson (-35), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-60), Ryan Newman (-61), Jeff Gordon (-66) and Denny Hamlin (-86). ... In April at the track, Johnson edged Bowyer by about a foot with a big push from Hendrick teammate Earnhardt. The margin was 0.002 seconds, matching the closest finish in Sprint Cup history. ... Earnhardt has five Talladega victories, winning a record four straight from 2001-2003. He's winless in 124 races since June 2008. ... In restrictor-plate races this year at Daytona, Trevor Bayne won the season-opening Daytona 500 and David Ragan won the July event.
Next race: Tums Fast Relief 500, Oct. 30, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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CAMPING WORLD TRUCK
COCA-COLA 250
Site: Talladega, Ala.
Schedule: Friday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 5-7 p.m.); Saturday, race, 4 p.m. (Speed, 3:30-7 p.m.).
Track: Talladega Superspeedway (oval, 2.66 miles).
Race distance: 250.04 miles, 94 laps.
Last year: Kyle Busch won at the track for the second straight year, passing Aric Almirola at the finish line to win by 0.002 seconds - the smallest margin in series history since the inception of electronic timing.
Last week: Ron Hornaday Jr. waded through a crash-filled race at Las Vegas for his second straight victory and record-extending 51st overall.
Fast facts: Austin Dillon leads the series standings, five points ahead of Johnny Sauter with four races left. James Buescher is third, seven points behind Dillon. Four-time series champion Hornaday is 21 points behind Dillon in fourth place. ... Busch has a series-high six victories this year. ... Michael Waltrip won the season-opening race at Daytona.
Next race: Kroger 200, Oct. 29, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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NATIONWIDE
Next race: O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Nov. 5, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.
Last week: Carl Edwards raced to his eighth Nationwide victory of year and 37th overall, beating Kyle Busch at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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FORMULA ONE
Next race: Grand Prix of India, Oct. 30, Buddh International Circuit, New Delhi.
Last week: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the Korean Grand Prix for his 10th victory of the year, a week after wrapping up his second straight season title. Red Bull also won its second straight constructors' title.
Online: http://www.formula1.com
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NHRA FULL THROTTLE
Next event: Big O Tires NHRA Nationals, Oct. 27-30, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.
Last week: Jack Beckman won the Arizona Nationals to take the Funny Car lead with two events left. Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.
Online: http://www.nhra.com
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OTHER RACES
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car, Talladega Sage Fruit Showdown, Saturday, Talladega Short Track, Eastaboga, Ala. Super DirtCar, Eastern States, Sunday, Orange County Fair Speedway Middletown, N.Y. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com

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