AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance Print
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Wednesday, 31 October 2012 03:01
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Site: Fort Worth, Texas.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 12:30-2 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 4:30-6 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 3-4 p.m., 5:30-7 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: Tony Stewart raced to the fourth of his five Chase victories en route to the season title, holding off Carl Edwards.
Last week: Jimmie Johnson won at Martinsville to take the points lead from Brad Keselowski. Johnson has four victories this season and 59 overall, seven at Martinsville. He also has a record 21 Chase victories.
Fast facts: The race is the eighth of 10 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Five-time series champion Johnson has a two-point lead over Keselowski. Clint Bowyer is third, 26 points behind Johnson. Kasey Kahne is 29 points behind, followed by Denny Hamlin (-49) and Jeff Gordon (-54). ... Greg Biffle won at the track in April. ... Kyle Busch also is racing in the Nationwide and Truck events. He has one national series victory this year, the Sprint Cup race in April at Richmond, after winning 18 times last season - four in Cup, eight in Nationwide and six in the Truck Series. ... Danica Patrick is making her ninth series start of the season.
Next race: AdvoCare 500, Nov. 11, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.
Site: Fort Worth, Texas.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 2-3 p.m., 6-7:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 4-5:30 p.m.), race, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN, 7-10 p.m.).
Track: Texas Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Trevor Bayne raced to his first Nationwide victory, passing Roush Fenway teammate Carl Edwards following a restart with seven laps left.
Last race: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. raced to his sixth victory of the year, rallying from two laps down at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 20. Leader Kyle Busch ran out gas heading into the final turn in the race extended six laps because of a late caution.
Fast facts: Elliott Sadler leads the season standings, six points ahead of Stenhouse with three races left. Austin Dillon is third, 26 points behind Sadler. Sadler won a 2004 Sprint Cup race at the track. Stenhouse won at the track in April to extend Roush Fenway's Texas winning streak to four. ... In the owners' standings, Joe Gibbs' No. 18 Toyota - driven this week by Denny Hamlin - has a 21-point lead over Richard Childress' Sadler-driven No. 2 Chevrolet. ... Gibbs' Joey Logano has a series-high eight victories. ... Busch, the Nationwide career victory leader with 51, is winless this year after winning at least one race in eight straight seasons.
Next race: Great Clips 200, Nov. 10, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.
Site: Fort Worth, Texas.
Schedule: Thursday, practice; Friday, qualifying (Speed, 3-4:30 p.m.), race, 8 p.m. (Speed, 7:30-10:30 p.m.).
Track: Texas Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 220.5 miles, 147 laps.
Last year: Kevin Harvick won the race marred by Kyle Busch's intentional wreck of Ron Hornaday Jr. under caution. Busch was parked for the rest of the race and also forced to sit out the Nationwide and Cup events.
Last week: Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin won at Martinsville.
Fast facts: James Buescher, from Plano, Texas, leads the series standings. Ty Dillon is second, 21 points back with three races left. Buescher leads the series with four victories, all at 1.5-mile tracks - two at Kentucky and one each at Kansas and Chicagoland. ... Todd Bodine has a record six Texas victories, also a record for most Truck victories at a track. ... Johnny Sauter won at the track in June.
Next race: Lucas Oil 150, Nov. 9, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.
Site: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 9-10:30 a.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 9-10:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (Speed, 7:30-10 a.m., 4:30-7 p.m.).
Track: Yas Marina Circuit (road course, 3.45 miles).
Race distance: 189.8 miles, 55 laps.
Last year: McLaren's Lewis Hamilton raced to the last of his three 2011 victories.
Last race: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the Indian Grand Prix for his fourth straight victory and fifth of the season. He became the first driver since Ayrton Senna in 1989 to lead every lap of three straight races.
Fast facts: Two-time defending series champion Vettel has a 13-point lead over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso with three races left. Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen is third, 67 points behind Vettel. ... Vettel won at the track in 2009 and 2010. Last year, the German dropped out on the first lap after puncturing a tire and spinning.
Next race: U.S. Grand Prix, Nov. 18, Circuit of The Americas, Elroy, Texas.
Next event: Auto Club Finals, Nov. 8-11, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Pomona, Calif.
Last week: Ron Capps raced to his fifth Funny Car victory of the season, winning at Las Vegas to cut Jack Beckman's series lead to four points with one event remaining. Bob Vandergriff Jr. won in Top Fuel, Allen Johnson in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: World of Outlaws World Finals, Thursday-Saturday (Speed, Saturday, 8 p.m.-midnight), The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, N.C. Online:
U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Sprint Car: Budweiser Oval Nationals, Friday-Saturday, Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, Calif. Online:


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