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A look at the weekend in racing

10/15/2004

NASCAR Nextel Cup

Last race: Pole-sitter Joe Nemechek completed the sweep at
Kansas Speedway with his win in the Banquet 400.

Last year: Tony Stewart chased down Ryan Newman over the final
stretch to win the UAW-GM Quality 500.

Fast facts: Kurt Busch, who gained the series lead when Dale
Earnhardt Jr. was docked 25 points last week for cursing during a
live TV interview after winning at Talladega, increased his lead to
29 points with a sixth-place finish at Kansas. ... Earnhardt has
four straight top-10 finishes. ... Two-time NASCAR champion Terry
Labonte announced Tuesday he will run about 10 races in each of the
next two seasons before retiring.

Next race: Subway 500, Oct. 24, Martinsville, Va.

NASCAR Busch Series

Last race: Joe Nemechek held off Greg Biffle by .041 of a second
to win the Mr. Goodcents 300 at Kansas Speedway.

Last year: Greg Biffle began an 800-mile day by winning the
rain-postponed Little Trees 300 at Concord with the season's
largest margin of victory, 12.628 seconds. The race was postponed
one day because of rain, causing it to start eight hours before the
Nextel Cup race.

Fast facts: Martin Truex Jr. leads Kyle Busch by 149 points in
the standings despite both drivers crashing during last week's
race. ... Busch has three top-five finishes in five career Busch
starts at Concord. ... Tony Stewart is winless in three career
Busch races after wrecking with 1 1/2 laps to go at Kansas.

Next race: Sam's Town 250, Oct. 23, Memphis, Tenn.

NASCAR Craftsman Trucks

Last race: Todd Bodine ended Ted Musgrave's three-race winning
streak at California Speedway with his victory in the American
Racing Wheels 200 on Oct. 2.

Last year: Brendan Gaughan came from the back of the pack and
won the Silverado 350, becoming the first truck driver to win four
straight races at the same track.

Fast facts: Bobby Hamilton finished fifth at California and
increased his lead in the standings to 56 points over Dennis Setzer
with five races remaining. ... Setzer won the O'Reilly 400K at Fort
Worth on June 11. ... There have been at least 11 different winners
in five of the last 10 seasons. The record is 14 set in 1998.

Next race: Kroger 200, Oct. 23, Martinsville, Va.

Indy Racing League

Last race: Tony Kanaan clinched his first series championship
after finishing second at the Toyota 400 in Fontana, Calif. on Oct.
3. Kanaan was .0183 seconds behind Adrian Fernandez, who claimed
his second straight victory and third in five races.

Last year: A terrifying crash that left Kenny Brack badly
injured ended the season-finale Chevy 500 five laps early, sending
Gil de Ferran to victory lane in his last career start and giving
runner-up Scott Dixon the series championship.

Fast facts: This is the final race of the season. ... Kanaan won
the Bombardier 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 12. He will be
trying to become the first driver to win two races at a track in
the same season since Greg Ray did it at Pikes Peak in 1999. ...
Nine of the last 14 IRL events at Texas Motor Speedway have had the
margin of victory of less than one second.

Formula One
Last race: Michael Schumacher won his 13th race of the season
and first since August by capturing the Japanese Grand Prix.

Next race: Brazilian Grand Prix, Oct. 24, Sao Paulo

NHRA
Last event: Tony Schumacher clinched his second Top Fuel
championship, then tied the record for victories in a season with
his ninth at the Lucas Oil Nationals in Reading, Pa.. Gary Scelzi
(Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Angelle Savoie (Pro Stock
Bike) also won.

Next event: ACDelco Nationals, Oct. 31, Las Vegas

Champ Car World Series
Last race: Sebastien Bourdais held off Newman-Haas teammate Bruno Junquiera in a side-by-side battle to win the Las Vegas 400
on Sept. 25 for his sixth victory of 2004. Bourdais won by 0.066
seconds, the sixth-closest finish since 1979.

Next race: Oct. 24, Surfer's Paradise, Australia