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Sprint Cup

What: Goody's 500

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 3-4:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.); Sunday, race (Ch. 13, 1 p.m.); Martinsville, Va.

Fast facts: The race marks the switch to the traditional spoiler from the rear wing that was introduced in 2007. NASCAR decided to go back to the spoiler, partly in a hope that it improves competition. … Jimmie Johnson has won five of the past seven races at the track. … Denny Hamlin won the 2008 spring race and 2009 fall event at Martinsville. … Richard Petty won a record 15 Cup races at the track, four more than Darrell Waltrip. Jeff Gordon leads active drivers with seven wins here.

Standings: 1. Kevin Harvick, 774; 2. Matt Kenseth, 773; 3. Johnson, 760; 4. Greg Biffle, 750; 5. Tony Stewart, 685; 6. Kurt Busch, 677; (tie) Jeff Burton, 677; 8. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 621; 9. Paul Menard, 614; 10. Kyle Busch, 606; 11. Gordon, 603; 12. Clint Bowyer, 601


What: Kroger 250

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 1-2 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 4:30-5:30 p.m.); Saturday, race (Speed, 2 p.m.); Martinsville, Va.

Fast facts: A sponsorship opportunity has prompted Kyle Busch to give up his seat in the race. Brian Ickler will make his first start in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck. Ickler was scheduled to make his KBM debut next weekend at Nashville. Busch will now race in that event instead of Ickler. … Kevin Harvick finished last season with consecutive victories at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami, then skipped the season-opening trucks race at Daytona. He has seven victories in 102 trucks starts. … Johnny Benson is driving the No. 15 Toyota for Billy Ballew Motorsports. … Former F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan is making his trucks debut. The first series driver from India, Karthikeyan will drive the No. 60 Chevrolet for newly formed Starbeast Motorsports. … Rick Crawford is making his series-record 325th start.

Standings: 1. Todd Bodine, 340; 2. Timothy Peters, 336; 3. Jason White, 295; 4. Aric Almirola, 292; 5. Busch, 272

Formula One

What: Australian Grand Prix

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 1:30-3 a.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 1-3:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 2 a.m. (Speed, 1:30-4 a.m.); Melbourne

Fast facts: Teams are no longer allowed to refuel during races, forcing them to start with about 330 pounds of fuel. … F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone wants a New York Grand Prix in 2012. "(It would be) in front of Manhattan in New Jersey, with the skyscrapers in the background," he told Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport. "Fifteen minutes from the center of New York to the circuit would be marvelous." There hasn't been a grand prix in the United States since 2007 in Indianapolis.

Standings: 1. Fernando Alonso, 25; 2. Felipe Massa, 18; 3. Lewis Hamilton, 15; 4. Sebastian Vettel, 12; 5. Nico Rosberg, 10


What: Four-Wide Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 7-9 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 10-10:30 a.m., 5-7:30 p.m.); Concord, N.C.

Fast facts: This is the first event in series history with racing in four lanes instead of the traditional two. A center wall separates the second and third lanes.

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Tony Schumacher, 266; 2. Cory McClenathan, 255. Funny Car — 1. John Force, 280; 2. Ron Capps, 226. Pro Stock — 1. Mike Edwards, 363; 2. Allen Johnson, 231. Pro Stock Motorcyle — 1. Eddie Krawiec, 119; 2. Shawn Gann, 94


Next: Nashville 300, April 3, Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway

Auto races on major circuits this weekend 03/25/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 25, 2010 9:45pm]
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