|Auto Racing Package|
|Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:17 AM|
Site: Loudon, N.H.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, noon-1:30 p.m.), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 3:30-5:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 2, 9 a.m.-noon); Sunday, race, 2 p.m. (ESPN, 1-5:30 p.m.).
Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (oval, 1.058 miles).
Race distance: 317.4 miles, 300 laps.
Last year: Denny Hamlin raced to the last of his five 2012 victories — and the last of his 22 career wins.
Last week: Top-seeded Matt Kenseth won the Chase opener at Chicagoland for his series-leading sixth victory. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch was second.
Fast facts: Kenseth has an 8-point lead over Busch. Jimmie Johnson (11 points back) is third, followed by Kevin Harvick (-15), Carl Edwards (-23), Kurt Busch (-23), Jeff Gordon (-24), Ryan Newman (-28), Clint Bowyer (-28), Kasey Kahne (-31), Greg Biffle (-31), Joey Logano (-52) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-53). … Five-time series champion Johnson has a record 22 victories in 91 Chase starts. … Brian Vickers won the July race. … Bobby Labonte is returning to drive JTG Daugherty’s No. 47 Toyota. He missed three races after breaking three ribs in a bicycle accident.
Next race: AAA 400, Sept. 29, Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del.
Site: Sparta, Ky.
Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, qualifying, race, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN News, 7-10 p.m.).
Track: Kentucky Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Austin Dillon completed a Kentucky Speedway season sweep.
Last week: Kyle Busch raced to his 10th series victory of the year and record 61st overall, leading 195 of the 200 laps at Chicagoland. He also won the Truck Series race.
Fast facts: Sam Hornish Jr. leads the standings, 17 points ahead of Dillon. … The race is the series’ sixth and final stand-alone event of the year. … Truck Series regular Jeb Burton is making his Nationwide debut, driving Turner Scott Motorsports’ No. 34 Chevrolet. Truck points leader Matt Crafton and series rivals Dakoda Armstrong, Joey Coulter and Ryan Blaney also are racing. … Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski won the June race at the track.
Next race: 5-Hour Energy 200, Sept. 28, Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del.
CAMPING WORLD TRUCK
Next race: Smith’s 350, Sept. 28, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.
Last week: Kyle Busch won at Chicagoland for his fourth series victory of the year and 34th overall. He won the Nationwide race the following day.
SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
Schedule: Friday, practice (NBC Sports Network, 9:30-11 a.m.), Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 1-2:30 p.m.); Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (NBC Sports Network, 7:30-10 a.m., 1:30-4 p.m.).
Track: Marina Bay Street Circuit (street course, 3.147 miles).
Race distance: 191.98 miles, 61 laps.
Last year: Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won the race for the second straight year.
Last race: Vettel won the Italian Grand Prix on Sept. 8 for his sixth victory of the year.
Fast facts: Vettel, the 3-time defending series champion, has a 53-point lead over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso with seven races left. … Kimi Raikkonen is leaving Lotus after the season to return to Ferrari. The Finn raced for Ferrari from 2007-09, winning the series title in 2007. The move came a day after Felipe Massa announced he was leaving Ferrari after the season. Raikkonen won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and has five second-place finishes. … The race is the series’ lone night event.
Next race: Korean Grand Prix, Oct. 6, Korean International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea.
NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING
TEXAS NHRA FALL NATIONALS
Site: Ennis, Texas.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, Sunday, 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m.), Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8:30-11:30 p.m.).
Track: Texas Motorplex.
Last year: Antron Brown raced to the fifth of his six 2012 Top Fuel victories en route to the season title. Bob Tasca topped the Funny Car field, Allen Johnson won in Pro Stock,= and Michael Ray paced the Pro Stock Motorcycle competition.
Last week: Robert Hight opened the Countdown to the Championship playoffs with his second straight Funny Car victory. Morgan Lucas won in Top Fuel, Jeg Coughlin in Pro Stock and Andrew Hines in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Fast facts: The event is the second in the 6-race Countdown. The top 10 in each class qualified for the playoffs. Matt Hagan tops the Funny Car standings, 82 points ahead of Ron Capps and 86 in front of Hight. Spencer Massey leads in Top Fuel, 24 points ahead of Shawn Langdon. Mike Edwards has the Pro Stock lead and Hector Arana Jr. tops the Pro Stock Motorcycle field.
Next event: NHRA Midwest Nationals, Sept. 27-29, Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, Ill.
Next races: Grand Prix of Houston, Oct. 5 and 6, Streets of Houston, Houston.
Last race: Simon Pagenaud won the Grand Prix of Baltimore on Sept. 1 for his second victory of the year for Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports.
ARCA RACING SERIES: ZLoop 150, Saturday (Fox Sports 1, 8-10 p.m.), Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky. Online: http://www.arcaracing.com
AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES: International Sports Car Weekend, Saturday (ESPN2, Sunday, 1-3 p.m.), Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas. Online: http://www.alms.com
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: 4-Crown Nationals, Friday, Eldora Speedway Rossburg, Ohio; Commonwealth Clash, Saturday, Lernerville Speedway, Sarver, Pa. Late Model: Keyser Down & Dirty 100, Saturday, Berlin Raceway, Marne, Mich. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com
U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Silver Crown and Sprint Car: 4-Crown Nationals, Saturday, Eldora Speedway Rossburg, Ohio. Online: http://www.usacracing.com