AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance

Updated: April 24, 2013, 6:01 PM ET
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NASCAR

SPRINT CUP

TOYOTA OWNERS 400

Site: Richmond, Va.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, noon-3:30 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 5:30-7 p.m.); Saturday, race, 7:30 p.m. (FOX, 7-11 p.m.).

Track: Richmond International Raceway (oval, 0.75 miles).

Race distance: 300 miles, 400 laps.

Last year: Kyle Busch won the spring race for the fourth straight year. The victory was Busch's lone win of the season in NASCAR's three national series.

Last week: Matt Kenseth raced to his second straight Kansas Speedway victory, and second win of the season, holding off Kasey Kahne. However, Kenseth was penalized severely Wednesday when his engine failed a post-race inspection.

Fast facts: Kenseth's engine failed the inspection because one of the one of the eight connecting didn't meet the minimum weight requirement. Kenseth was stripped of 50 driver points in the standings, along with three bonus points he earned for the win that would have been applied in seeding for the Chase, and lost his pole award. NASCAR suspended crew chief Jason Ratcliff for six races, fined him $200,000 and placed him on probation until the end of the year. Car owner Joe Gibbs had his owner's license suspended for the next six races and he won't earn car owner points during that time. He also was docked 50 car owner points. JGR said it would appeal the penalty. ... Jimmie Johnson leads the season standings, 37 points ahead of Kahne. Defending series champion Brad Keselowski is third, 38 points behind Johnson. ... Denny Hamlin, from nearby Chesterfield, is sitting out his fourth straight race after fracturing a vertebra at Fontana in a last-lap wreck. Brian Vickers is making his third start in Hamlin's No. 11 Toyota. ... Clint Bowyer won the September race at the track.

Next race: Aaron's 499, May 5, Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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NATIONWIDE

TOYOTACARE 250

Site: Richmond, Va.

Schedule: Thursday, practice; Friday, practice, qualifying (ESPN2, 4-5 p.m.), race, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN News, 7-10 p.m.).

Track: Richmond International Raceway (oval, 0.75 miles).

Race distance: 187.5 miles, 250 laps.

Last year: Kurt Busch won in a car owned by brother Kyle Busch, holding off Denny Hamlin.

Last race: Kyle Busch won at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13, giving him four series victories in six races this year and a record 55 overall. He also won the Sprint Cup race.

Fast facts: Kyle Busch is racing along with fellow Sprint Cup drivers Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski. Harvick won the September race for his sixth Nationwide victory at the track. ... Sam Hornish Jr. leads the season standings, two points head of Regan Smith. ... Jeffrey Earnhardt is making his first start for uncle Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s JR Motorsports, driving the No. 5 Chevrolet.

Next race: Aaron's 312, May 4, Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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CAMPING WORLD TRUCK

Next race: North Carolina Education Lottery 200, May 17, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

Last week: Matt Crafton won the crash-filled race at Kansas Speedway for his third series victory. Joey Coulter was second.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING

NHRA SPRING NATIONALS

Site: Baytown, Texas.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 3-5 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 2-5 p.m.).

Track: Royal Purple Raceway.

Last year: Mike Neff extended John Force Racing's season-opening Funny Car winning to six, beating Ron Capps in the final. Morgan Lucas won the Top Fuel competition, Vincent Nobile topped the Pro Stock field, and Andrew Hines took the Pro Stock Motorcycle division.

Last week: Matt Hagan ended a 17-month winless streak, topping the Funny Car field in the Four-Wide Nationals in Concord, N.C. Spencer Massey won in Top Fuel, Mike Edwards in Pro Stock, and Hector Arana Jr. in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Fast facts: Seven-time season champion Tony Schumacher leads the Top Fuel standings, 74 points ahead of defending series champion Antron Brown. Schumacher has two victories in five events year. ... Hagan tops the Funny Car points race. Cruz Pedregon is 50 points back. Third-place Courtney Force is 52 points behind.

Next race: NHRA Southern Nationals, May 3-5, Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga.

Online: http://www.nhra.com

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IZOD INDYCAR

Next race: Sao Paulo Indy 300, May 5, Streets of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo.

Last week: Takuma Sato became the first Japanese driver to win an IndyCar race, taking the Grand Prix of Long Beach in his third race with A.J. Foyt Racing.

Online: http://www.indycar.com

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FORMULA ONE

Next race: Spanish Grand Prix, May 12, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

Last week: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix for the second straight year, easily beating Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen. Vettel also won this year in Malaysia.

Online: http://www.formula1.com

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OTHER RACES

ARCA RACING SERIES: Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200, Sunday, Salem Speedway, Salem, Ind. Online: http://www.arcaracing.com

U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Silver Crown: Sumar Classic, Sunday, Terre Haute Action Track, Terre Haute, Ind. Online: http://www.usacracing.com

WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Friday, Salina Highbanks, Salina, Okla.; Saturday, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Pevely, Mo. Late Model: Friday, Smoky Mountain Speedway, Maryville, Tenn.; Saturday, Tazewell Speedway, Tazewell, Tenn.; Sunday, Duck River Raceway Park, Lewisburg, Tenn. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com


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