A look at the weekend in racing

Updated: May 19, 2004, 1:07 PM ET

Nextel Cup

FAST FACTS
Event Nextel All-Star Challenge
Site Concord, N.C.
Schedule Friday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 6 p.m.); Saturday, race (FX, 7:30 p.m.).
Track Lowe's Motor Speedway (quad-oval, 1.5 miles, 24 degrees banking in turns).
Distance 135 miles, 90 laps.

Last race: Dale Earnhardt Jr., gambling on tires and fuel, outlasted Jimmie Johnson and Bobby Labonte to win the Chevy American Revolution 400 in Richmond, Va. Earnhardt's third victory of the season gave him a 40-point lead over Johnson in the championship standings.

Drivers to Watch
Check out a list of drivers to keep an eye on this weekend outside Charlotte.

Last year: Jimmie Johnson won The Winston and a record $1 million prize. Johnson took the lead away from teammate Jeff Gordon three laps into the final 20-lap segment, then pulled away to an easy victory over Kurt Busch in NASCAR's annual all-star race.

Fast facts: Eligible drivers are race winners from the previous and current seasons and the winner of the Nextel Open, a preliminary race for teams that have yet to win in 2003 and 2004. One driver among the losers of the Nextel Open is voted into the main event by the fans via the Internet. ... The race will be run in three segments of 40, 30 and 20 laps, but unlike past years, no drivers will be eliminated after the first two segments. The field will be inverted after the first segment and the number of cars inverted will be determined by a random draw. ... This event does not count in the standings. ... The race's only three-time winners are Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Next race: Coca-Cola 600, May 30, Concord, N.C.

Formula One

FAST FACTS
Event Monaco Grand Prix
Site Monte Carlo
Schedule Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 8 a.m.); Sunday, race (Speed Channel, 7:30 a.m.).
Track Monte Carlo street circuit (2.068 miles).
Distance 161.304 miles, 78 laps.

Last race: Michael Schumacher pushed his season-opening winning streak to five races, matching the best start in Formula One history, by taking the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona on May 9. Nigel Mansell also did it in 1992.

Drivers to Watch
Check out a list of drivers to keep an eye on this weekend at Monaco.

Last year: Juan Pablo Montoya ended Michael Schumacher's three-race winning streak at the Monaco Grand Prix. Montoya held off Kimi Raikkonen in the final laps on the twisting street course for his second career victory and first for Williams-BMW at Monaco since 1983.

Fast facts: Race was first held in 1929. ... Britain's Jenson Button missed last year's race after crashing during a practice session. ... Montoya, Schumacher, David Coulthard and Olivier Panis are the only drivers on the current grid to win at Monte Carlo. ... Schumacher will try to equal Ayrton Senna's record of six Monaco victories. ... The track is considered one of the more dangerous on the circuit because dirt from regular road traffic makes the surface slippery.

Next race: European Grand Prix, May 30, Nuerburgring, Germany.

Busch Series

FAST FACTS
Event Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200
Site Nazareth, Pa.
Schedule Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 4 p.m.); Sunday, race (FX, 12:30 p.m.)
Track Nazareth Speedway (tri-oval .946 miles, 1 degree banking in turn 1, 4 degrees in turn 2, 6 degrees in turns 3-4).
Distance 200 miles, 200 laps.

Last race: Polesitter Kyle Busch led 236 laps and earned his first career Busch victory in the Funai 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Busch now holds a 10-point lead over Todd Bodine in the championship standings.

Drivers to Watch
Check out a list of drivers to keep an eye on this weekend at Nazareth.

Last year: Ron Hornaday Jr. beat Brian Vickers by less than half a second to win the Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200, ending a 63-event winless drought.

Fast facts: Busch has seven straight top-10 finishes and 11 in 18 career starts. ... Hornaday Jr. made his Busch debut at Nazareth in May 1998 and recorded his first series victory there in 2000. ... Jason Keller has three top-five finishes in his last four starts at Nazareth. He made his 300th career Busch start at last year's event. ... Matt Kenseth won the 1999 race after a five-hour rain delay.

Next race: Carquest Auto Parts 300, May 29, Charlotte, N.C.

Craftsman Trucks

FAST FACTS
Event Infineon 250
Site Concord, N.C.
Schedule Thursday, qualifying, 5:45 p.m.; Friday, race (Speed Channel, 8:30 p.m.).
Track Lowe's Motor Speedway (quad-oval, 1.5 miles, 24 degrees banking in turns).
Distance 201 miles, 134 laps.

Last race: Jack Sprague passed Dennis Setzer and led the last 54 laps to win the inaugural UAW/GM Ohio 250 race at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway. It was Sprague's first truck victory since Sept. 9, 2001.

Last year: Ted Musgrave held off Brendan Gaughan after a late-race restart to win the inaugural Hardee's 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Musgrave was penalized for speeding on pit road earlier in the race.

Fast facts: Last week's race featured a series-record 94 caution laps. ... Nextel Cup regulars Kevin Harvick and Michael Waltrip were expected to compete this weekend. ... Sprague started from the pole in each of the last two events. ... Setzer holds a 32-point lead over Carl Edwards in the championship standings.

Next race: MBNA America 200, June 4, Dover, Del.

Champ Cars

FAST FACTS
Event Monterrey Grand Prix
Site Mexico
Schedule Friday, qualifying, 3 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 2:45 p.m.; Sunday, race (SPIKE, 4 p.m.).
Track Fundidora Park (permanent road course, 2.1 miles, 12 turns)
Distance 151.20 miles, 72 laps.

Last race: Canadian Paul Tracy passed teammates Bruno Junqueira and Sebastien Bourdais on the second lap and went on to win the season-opening Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 18. It was Tracy's fourth win at Long Beach, including three of the last five.

Last year: Tracy became the first CART driver in 21 years to win the opening two races of the season after taking the Grand Prix of Monterrey. Mexico native Michel Jourdain Jr. finished second.

Fast facts: There will be a new qualifying format for this event. The driver who survives the elimination sessions Friday will receive one championship point. The final grid will be determined after Saturday's qualifying. ... Tracy opened last season with three straight wins en route to his first career championship. He has 27 career victories in the series, tying him with Johnny Rutherford for eighth on the all-time list. ... Mario Habfield has 12 top-10 finishes in 19 career Champ Car starts.

Next race: The Milwaukee Mile, June 5.

NHRA

FAST FACTS
Event Route 66 Nationals
Site Joliet, Ill.
Schedule Friday, qualifying, 3 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 1:15 p.m. (ESPN2, 7 p.m., tape); Sunday, eliminations, noon (ESPN2, 7 p.m., tape).
Track Route 66 Raceway

Last event: Cory McClenathan won Top Fuel for the first time since 2002 at the Southern Nationals in Atlanta. Whit Bazemore earned his first Funny Car victory of the season, Greg Anderson took Pro Stock for the fifth straight week and Angelle Savoie won Pro Stock Bike.

Last year: Tony Schumacher earned his first win of the 2003 season and at the Route 66 Nationals, holding off defending champion Larry Dixon in the Top Fuel final. Bazemore, Kurt Johnson and Savoie won their categories.

Fast facts: Dixon has had first-round exits in consecutive events for the first time since 1999, when it happened three straight times. ... John Force Jr.'s only finals loss during the 1999 season came at Joliet against Tim Wilkerson. ... Savoie's previous win came at last year's Joliet event.

Next event: O'Reilly Summer Nationals, May 31, Topeka, Kan.

IRL

FAST FACTS
Event Indy 500 qualifying
Site Indianapolis
Schedule Sunday, third-day qualifying/time trials-Bump Day (ESPN, 1-4 p.m.; ABC, 4-6 p.m.; ESPN2, 6-7 p.m.).
Track Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Last race: Dan Wheldon recorded his first career IRL win and gave Honda its first victory on its home track at the Indy Japan 300 on April 17. Honda was winless in five CART races and one IRL event in Japan entering the weekend.

Next race: Indianapolis 500, May 30

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