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Tums Fast Relief 500
Site: Martinsville, Va.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 3-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, practice (Speed, 10-11 a.m., ESPN2, 6:30-7:30 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (ESPN2, noon-1 p.m., ESPN, 1-5 p.m.)
Track: Martinsville Speedway (oval, 0.526 miles).
Race distance: 263 miles, 500 laps.
Last year: Denny Hamlin held off Jimmie Johnson for the third of the Virginia driver's four 2009 victories.
Last week: Jamie McMurray raced to his third victory of the year, winning at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Chip Ganassi Racing. McMurray also won the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. Kyle Busch finished second.
Fast facts: The race is the sixth of 10 Chase events. Four-time defending series champion Johnson has a 41-point lead over second-place Hamlin. Kevin Harvick is third, 77 points behind Johnson. ... In March at the track, Hamlin won the rain-delayed race on a Monday. ... Johnson has six victories at Martinsville, winning five times in a six-race stretch from 2006-09. ... Richard Petty won a record 15 times at the track, the only remaining venue from NASCAR's inaugural 1949 season.
Next race: Amp Energy 500, Oct. 31, Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.
5-Hour Energy 250
Site: Madison, Ill.
Schedule: Friday, practice (ESPN2, 4:30-6 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 10:30 a.m.-noon), race, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2, 3-6:30 p.m.).
Track: Gateway International Raceway (oval, 1.25 miles).
Race distance: 250 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Inaugural event.
Last week: Brad Keselowski put Roger Penske closer to his first NASCAR series title, winning at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A five-time winner this year, Keselowski has a 450-point lead over second-place Carl Edwards with four races left.
Fast facts: In July at the track, Edwards wrecked Keselowski for the victory after Keselowski took the lead by bumping Edwards. Both Sprint Cup drivers are in the field. ... Brandon McReynolds, the son of FOX analyst Larry McReynolds, is attempting to make his first series start. ... Danica Patrick is coming off a season-best, 21st-place finish at Charlotte. ... The series isn't scheduled to race at the track next year.
Next race: O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Nov. 6, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.
Kroger 200
Site: Martinsville, Va.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 1-2 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 6-7 p.m.); Saturday, race, 1 p.m. (Speed, 12:30-3:30 p.m.).
Track: Martinsville Speedway (oval, 0.526 miles).
Race distance: 105.2 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Timothy Peters won his hometown event for his first career Trucks victory, holding off Todd Bodine over three restarts. Peters stopped just once in the 200-lap race, after 33 laps, and led the final 84 laps.
Last race: Austin Dillon raced to his second victory of the year, leading the final 35 laps Sept. 25 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Fast facts: Bodine leads second-place Aric Almirola by 262 points with five races left. Bodine has three victories this year. ... Peters won the season-opening race at Daytona. ... Twin sisters Angela and Amber Cope are attempting to qualify.
Next race: Mountain Dew 250, Oct. 30, Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.
Korean Grand Prix
Site: Yeongam, South Korea.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 1-2:30 a.m.), Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 1-2:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 2 a.m. (Speed, 1:30-4 a.m., 4:30-7 p.m.).
Track: Korean International Circuit (road course, 3.493 miles).
Race distance: 192.1 miles, 55 laps.
Last year: Inaugural race.
Last week: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix on Oct. 10 for his third victory of the season, starting from the pole and holding off teammate Mark Webber. Webber leads the season standings with three races left, 14 points ahead of Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
Fast facts: The circuit, about 250 miles south of Seoul, passed FIA inspection last week. ... Webber and Alonso share the series lead with four victories. Vettel and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton each have three victories.
Next race: Brazilian Grand Prix, Nov. 7, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Next event: NHRA Las Vegas Nationals, Oct. 29-21, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.
Last event: Larry Dixon raced to his 12th Top Fuel victory in 12 final-round appearances this year, beating Cory McClenathan on Oct. 10 at Maple Grove Raceway. Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Dave Connolly (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won in the fourth of six playoff races.


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