AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance Print
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GOODY'S HEADACHE RELIEF SHOT 500
Site: Martinsville, Va.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, noon-1:30 p.m.), qualifying (FS1, 3:30-5 p.m.); Saturday, practice (FS2, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; FS1, noon-1 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (ESPN, 1-5:30 p.m.).
Track: Martinsville Speedway (oval, 0.526 miles).
Race distance: 263 miles, 500 laps.
Last year: Jimmie Johnson raced to the fourth of his five 2012 victories.
Last week: Jamie McMurray won at Talladega in a race that ended under caution after rookie Austin Dillon lost control on the final lap.
Fast facts: The race is the seventh in the 10-event Chase. Five-time series champion Johnson leads the standings, four points ahead of Matt Kenseth. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are 26 points behind Johnson, followed by Jeff Gordon (-34), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-52), Greg Biffle (-53), Clint Bowyer (-57), Kurt Busch (-61), Carl Edwards (-68), Ryan Newman (-72), Joey Logano (-75) and Kasey Kahne (-101). ... Johnson won the April race at the track and leads active drivers with eight Martinsville victories. ... Richard Petty won a record 15 times at Martinsville, the only remaining venue from NASCAR's inaugural 1949 season.
Next race: AAA Texas 500, Nov. 3, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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CAMPING WORLD TRUCK
KROGER 200
Site: Martinsville, Va.
Schedule: Friday, practice (FS1, 9 a.m.-noon), qualifying (FS2, 5-6 p.m.); Saturday, race, 1:30 p.m. (FS1, 1-3:30 p.m.).
Track: Martinsville Speedway (oval, 0.526 miles).
Race distance: 105.2 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin raced to his second series victory, both at the track.
Last week: Johnny Sauter won for the third time this season, escaping a huge crash on the final turn at Talladega.
Fast facts: Hamlin is racing along with fellow Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick. ... Matt Crafton leads the standings, 57 points ahead of Ty Dillon. James Buescher is third, 58 points back. ... Sauter won the April race at the track.
Next race: WinStar World Casino 350, Nov. 1, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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NATIONWIDE
Next race: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, Nov. 2, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.
Last race: Kyle Busch won at Charlotte on Oct. 11, completing a season sweep at the track. He has 11 victories this season and a record 62 overall.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING
TOYOTA NHRA NATIONALS
Site: Las Vegas.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, Saturday, 2:30-4 a.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8-11 p.m.)
Track: The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Last year: Ron Capps won the Funny Car event. Bob Vandergriff Jr. won in Top Fuel, Allen Johnson in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Last event: John Force won in Mohnton, Pa., on Oct. 6 to increase his lead in the Funny Car standings. The 64-year-old Force has two straight victories and three this season to push his record career total to 137. Shawn Langdon won in Top Fuel, Jeg Coughlin in Pro Stock, and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Fast facts: The event is the fifth in the six-race NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship. The top 10 in each class qualified for the playoffs. Force has a 65-point lead over Matt Hagan. Langdon leads the Top Fuel standings, 83 points ahead of Doug Kalitta. In Pro Stock, Coughlin has a 45-point lead over Mike Edwards. Smith leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle standings. ... In April at the track, Tony Schumacher won in Top Fuel, Cruz Pedregon in Funny Car, and Johnson in Pro Stock.
Next event: Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals, Nov. 7-10, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Pomona, Calif.
Online: http://www.nhra.com
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FORMULA ONE
INDIAN GRAND PRIX
Site: Greater Noida, India.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 4:30-6 a.m.); Saturday, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 4:30-6 a.m.); Sunday, race, 5:30 a.m. (NBC Sports Network, 5-8 a.m., 2:30-5:30 p.m.).
Track: Buddh International Circuit (road course, 3.192 miles).
Race distance: 191.52 miles, 60 laps.
Last year: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the last of his five 2012 victories en route to his third straight season championship.
Last race: Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix on Oct. 13 for his fifth consecutive victory and ninth of the season.
Fast facts: Vettel has a 90-point lead over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso with four races left. ... The U.S. Grand Prix is Nov. 17 in Austin, Texas.
Next race: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Nov. 3, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Online: http://www.formula1.com
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OTHER RACES
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Super DirtCar: Sunday, Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, N.Y. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com
U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Sprint Car: Friday-Saturday, Canyon Speedway Park, Peoria, Ariz. Online: http://www.usacracing.com
 

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