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AAA Texas 500
Site: Fort Worth, Texas.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 3-4:30 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 4:30-6 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 9:30 a.m.-noon); 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: Kurt Busch won after brother Kyle ran out of fuel with 2 1/2 laps left. The victory margin of 25.686 seconds was the largest since the series introduced electronic timing in 1993.
Last week: Clint Bowyer passed Richard Childress Racing teammate Kevin Harvick for the lead an instant before a last-lap caution flag at Talladega. There were 87 lead changes, the second-most in NASCAR history.
Fast facts: The race is the eighth of 10 Chase events. Four-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson has a 14-point lead over second-place Denny Hamlin. Kevin Harvick is third, 38 points behind Johnson. The 38-point spread from first to third is the closest in Chase history with three races left. ... Hamlin won the April race at the track, beating Johnson by 0.152 seconds. ... Jeff Gordon, 207 points behind Johnson in fourth place, won the April 2009 Texas race for the last of his 82 Cup victories.
Next race: Kobalt Tools 500, Nov. 14, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.
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Site: Fort Worth, Texas.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 10-11:30 a.m., 1:30-3 p.m.), qualifying; Saturday, race, 12:55 p.m. (ESPN2, noon-3:30 p.m.).
Track: Texas Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Kyle Busch won the fourth of his five straight series victories at the track, easily holding off Casey Mears.
Last race: Brad Keselowski raced to his sixth victory of the year, winning Oct. 23 at Gateway to take a 485-point lead over Carl Edwards with three races left.
Fast facts: Keselowski can wrap the championship if he finishes 21st or better, or 22nd and leads at least one lap, or 24th and leads the most laps. Keselowski is trying to give owner Roger Penske his first NASCAR national series title. ... In the owners' standings, the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driven by Busch and Brad Coleman has a 71-point lead over the Keselowski-driven No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge. ... Busch is trying to break a tie with Dale Earnhardt (Daytona) and Jack Ingram (South Boston) for the series record for consecutive victories at a track. ... Busch has a series-record 12 victories this year and 42 in 199 career Nationwide starts.
Next race: WYPALL 200, Nov. 13, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.
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Site: Fort Worth, Texas.
Schedule: Thursday, practice, qualifying; Friday, race, 9 p.m. (Speed, 8:30-11:30 p.m.).
Track: Texas Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 220.5 miles, 147 laps.
Last year: Kyle Busch raced to his fifth straight Trucks victory and the last of his seven 2009 series victories, beating Matt Crafton by 0.725 seconds.
Last week: Busch won at Talladega for the second straight year, passing Aric Almirola at the finish line to win by 0.002 seconds - the smallest margin in Trucks history since the inception of electronic timing.
Fast facts: Todd Bodine leads second-place Almirola by 282 points in the season standings with three races left. Bodine, a three-time winner this year, won the June race at Texas Motor Speedway for his Trucks-record sixth victory at the track. ... Busch has a series-high six victories in 13 starts this season.
Next race: Lucas Oil 150, Nov. 12, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.
Brazilian Grand Prix
Site: Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, noon-1:30 p.m.), Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, noon-1:30 p.m.); Sunday, race, 11 a.m. (Speed, 10:30-1 p.m.).
Track: Interlagos, Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace (road course, 2.677 miles).
Race distance: 190.08 miles, 71 laps.
Last year: Jenson Button wrapped up the season title with one race to go, finishing fifth for Brawn GP. Brawn became the first team to win the constructors' crown in its initial - and only - season. Red Bull's Mark Webber won the race.
Last race: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso won the rain-splashed Korean Grand Prix on Oct. 24 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 Webber and a 21-point margin over McClaren's Lewis Hamilton.
Fast facts: Alonso has a series-high five victories. Webber has four. ... In 2008 at the track, Hamilton became F1's youngest champion at age 23, making a last-lap pass to finish fifth and beat race winner Felipe Massa by a point for the title.
Next race: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Nov. 14, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Next event: Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Nov. 11-14, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Pomona, Calif.
Last week: John Force moved closer to a possible 15th Funny Car season title, beating Matt Hagan in the Las Vegas for his fifth victory of the year and record 131st overall. The 61-year-old Force, seeking his first season title since 2005, is second in the standings, 37 points behind Hagan. Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Louis Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car, Late Model and Super Dirtcar, 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, Thursday-Saturday, Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, Calif. Online:

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