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Site: Talladega, Ala.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 2-4:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, noon-3 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (ESPN2, noon-1 p.m., ESPN, 1-5 p.m.).
Track: Talladega Superspeedway (oval, 2.66 miles).
Race distance: 500 miles, 188 laps.
Last year: Jamie McMurray snapped an 86-race winless streak, capturing a race that ended under caution after Mark Martin went flipping across the track in a two-lap sprint to the finish.
Last week: Denny Hamlin raced to series-leading seventh victory of the season and third straight at Martinsville Speedway. Hamlin is second in the season standings, six points behind four-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson. Martin was second, and Kevin Harvick finished third.
Fast facts: The race is the seventh of 10 Chase events. ... Harvick is third in the standings, 62 points behind Johnson. Harvick won at the track in April, passing McMurray on the last of 12 extra laps. Harvick also won the July race at Daytona. ... McMurray has three victories this year, winning the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 and two weeks ago at Charlotte. ... Dale Earnhardt Jr. has five Talladega victories, winning a record four straight from 2001-2003.
Next race: AAA Texas 500, Nov. 7, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.
Mountain Dew 250
Site: Talladega, Ala.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 10 a.m.-noon), qualifying (Speed, 4:30-6 p.m.); Saturday, race, 4 p.m. (Speed, 3-6:30 p.m.).
Track: Talladega Superspeedway (oval, 2.66 miles).
Race distance: 250.04 miles, 94 laps.
Last year: Kyle Busch raced to the sixth of his seven 2009 series victories, passing Todd Bodine just before the finish with bump-drafting help from Billy Ballew teammate Aric Almirola.
Last week: Ron Hornaday Jr. won for the first time at Martinsville, passing Busch with three laps to go and holding him off in overtime. The 52-year-old Hornaday has two victories this year and a record 47 overall.
Fast facts: Bodine leads second-place Almirola by 282 points with four races left. Bodine has three victories this year. ... Busch leads the series with five victories. ... Ken Schrader is making his final start of the season for Kevin Harvick Inc.
Next race: WinStar World Casino 350K, Nov. 5, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.
Next race: O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Nov. 6, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.
Last week: Brad Keselowski raced to his sixth victory of the year, winning at Gateway International to take a near-insurmountable 485-point lead over rival Carl Edwards with three races left. Mike Bliss was second.
NHRA Las Vegas Nationals
Site: Las Vegas.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, Sunday, 1-2:30 a.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN, 9-11:30 p.m.).
Track: The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Last year: Robert Hight won the last of his three 2009 victories en route to the Funny Car season title. Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Larry Morgan (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.
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 Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won in the fourth of six playoff races.
Fast facts: In April in the Spring Nationals at the track, John Force (Funny Car), Dixon (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) won. ... With two races left, Dixon was an 89-point lead over Cory McClenathan in Top Fuel. ... Matt Hagan tops the Funny Car standings, 64 points ahead of Force.
Next event: Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Nov. 11-14, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Pomona, Calif.
Next race: Brazilian Grand Prix, Nov. 7, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Last week: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso won the rain-splashed Korean Grand Prix to take the championship lead, while both rival Red Bull drivers failed to finish. With two races remaining, Alonso has an 11-point lead over Red Bull's Mark Webber and 21-point margin over McClaren's Lewis Hamilton.

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