AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance Print
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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:24
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Site: Fort Worth, Texas.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 12:30-2 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 4:30-6 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 2, 11 a.m.-noon; Fox Sports 1, 2-3 p.m.); Sunday, race, 3 p.m. (ESPN, 2-7 p.m.).
Track: Texas Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 501 miles, 334 laps.
Last year: Jimmie Johnson won the last of his five 2012 victories.
Last week: Jeff Gordon raced to his first victory of the season, winning at Martinsville for the eighth time. He jumped from fifth to third in the season standings.
Fast facts: The race is the eighth in the 10-event Chase. Five-time series champion Johnson is tied for the series lead with Matt Kenseth, 27 points ahead of Gordon. Kenseth holds the tiebreaker with seven victories, two more than Johnson. Kenseth has four victories this season on 1.5-mile tracks. ... Kevin Harvick is fourth in the standings, 28 points behind the leaders. ... Kyle Busch swept the Cup and Nationwide races at the track in April. ... Chevrolet has wrapped up the manufacturers' championship, its 11th straight and 37th overall.
Next race: AdvoCare 500, Nov. 10, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.
Site: Fort Worth, Texas.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 2-3 p.m.; Fox Sports 2, 6-7:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Fox Sports 1, noon-1:30 p.m.), race, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2, 3:30-6 p.m.).
Track: Texas Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Kevin Harvick raced to his fifth series victory at the track.
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.
Fast facts: Austin Dillon leads the standings, eight points ahead of Sam Hornish Jr. with three races left. ... Busch won in April at the track for his sixth Texas series victory. He also won the Cup race. ... Joe Gibbs' No. 54 Toyota leads the owners' standings, four points ahead of Roger Penske's No. 22 Ford. Busch is making his 24th start of the season in the No. 54. Brad Keselowski is driving the No. 22. He has five victories in 13 starts this season. Joey Logano (three), AJ Allmendinger (two) and Ryan Blaney (one) also have won in the No. 22.
Next race: ServiceMaster 200, Nov. 9, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.
Site: Fort Worth, Texas.
Schedule: Thursday, practice; Friday, qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 3-4:30 p.m.), race, 8:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, 8-10:30 p.m.).
Track: Texas Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 220.5 miles, 147 laps.
Last year: Johnny Sauter completed a Texas season sweep, regaining the lead with 11 laps to go and holding off Parker Kligerman.
Last week: Darrell Wallace Jr. won at Martinsville to become the second black driver to win on NASCAR's national level. Wendell Scott was the first, winning in 1963 in Jacksonville, Fla., in what is now Sprint Cup.
Fast facts: Matt Crafton leads the standings, 51 points ahead of James Buescher. ... Kyle Busch is making his 10th series start of the season. He has four victories this year and 34 overall. ... Jeb Burton won the June race at the track.
Next race: Lucas Oil 150, Nov. 8, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.
Site: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 9-10:30 a.m.); Saturday, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 1:30-3 p.m.); Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (NBC Sports Network, 7:30-10 a.m., 6-9 p.m.).
Track: Yas Marina Circuit (road course, 3.45 miles).
Race distance: 189.8 miles, 55 laps.
Last year: Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen won the crash-filled race.
Last week: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel wrapped up his fourth straight season title, winning the Indian Grand Prix. He has won six races in a row and 10 overall this year.
Fast facts: Vettel won at the track in 2009 and 2010 and finished third last year. In 2010, the German dropped out on the first lap after puncturing a tire and spinning. ... Red Bull clinched its fourth straight constructors' title last week.
Next race: U.S. Grand Prix, Nov. 17, Circuit of The Americas, Austin, Texas.
Next event: Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals, Nov. 7-10, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Pomona, Calif.
Last week: John Force won his record 16th Funny Car season title, beating daughter Courtney Force in the final round in Las Vegas. The 64-year-old Force has won three straight events and four overall this season to push his record career total to 138. Matt Smith won the event to clinch his second Pro Stock Motorcycle title. Antron Brown won the Top Fuel event, and Shane Gray topped the Pro Stock field.
U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Sprint Car: Friday-Saturday, Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, Calif. Online:


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