Auto races up next on major circuits

Sprint Cup

What: Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, noon), qualifying (Speed, 5:30 p.m.); Saturday, race, 7:30 p.m. (Ch. 13); Richmond, Va.

Fast facts: Denny Hamlin, who was born in Brandon but mostly grew up in Chesterfield, Va., has won the past two September races at the track. … Five-time defending series champion Johnson swept the 2007 Richmond races and won at the track in September 2008. … Richard Petty won a record 13 times at Richmond.

Standings: 1. Carl Edwards, 295; 2. Jimmie Johnson, 290; 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 276; 4. Kevin Harvick, 268; 5. Kurt Busch, 267; 6. Kyle Busch, 257; 7. Ryan Newman, 253; 8. Matt Kenseth, 252; 9. Juan Pablo Montoya, 246; 10. Clint Bowyer, 245

Nationwide

What: Bubba Burger 250

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 10:30 a.m.), qualifying (Speed, 4 p.m.); race (Speed, 7:30 p.m.); Richmond, Va.

Fast facts: A tornado did extensive damage to the three-story home of driver Eric McClure and his family in Abdingdon, Va., but they were uninjured. The storm hit Wednesday night moments after the McClures returned from church. "It was terrifying," McClure said Thursday by phone from the battered house. … Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne was hospitalized for symptoms that could be related to an insect bite on his left elbow this month. Roush Fenway Racing officials say Bayne won't race this weekend and that the team will use a substitute driver. Bayne was not scheduled to race for the Wood Brothers in Sprint Cup this week.

Standings: 1. Justin Allgaier, 264; (tie) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 264; 3. Jason Leffler, 262; 4. Reed Sorenson, 260; (tie) Trevor Bayne, 260; 6. Elliott Sadler, 259; 7. Aric Almirola, 257; 8. Brian Scott, 228; 9. Kenny Wallace, 216; 10. Michael Annett, 184

IndyCar

What: Sao Paulo Indy 300

When: Saturday, practice, qualifying (Versus, 6 p.m.); Sunday, race (Versus, noon)

Fast facts: The 11-turn circuit features a nearly mile-long straightaway and runs through the Anhembi Sambadrome, a stadium-like venue that is the site of Carnival parades. Organizers repaved the circuit to try to eliminate bumps that made driving dangerous in last year's inaugural event. They added grooves to the slick surface on the front straight and removed curbs that drivers said hurt the racing.

Standings: 1. Dario Franchitti, 122; 2. Will Power, 115; 3. Tony Kanaan, 87; 4. Oriol Servia, 80; 5. Mike Conway, 74; 6. Alex Tagliani, 73; 7. Scott Dixon, 66; (tie) Ryan Briscoe, 66; (tie) Simona de Silvestro, 66; 10. Vitor Meira, 64

NHRA

What: Spring Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 6 p.m.); Sunday, eliminations (ESPN2, 7 p.m.); Baytown, Texas

Fast facts: Larry Dixon earned the second of his record 12 Top Fuel victories here last year en route to the title.

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Del Worsham, 389; 2. Larry Dixon, 312; Funny Car — 1. Robert Hight, 349; 2. Mike Neff, 300; Pro Stock — 1. Greg Anderson, 336; 2. Jason Line, 333; Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Eddie Krawiec, 124; 2. Hector Arana, 104

Trucks

Next: Lucas Oil 200, May 13, Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del.

Standings: 1. Johnny Sauter, 187; 2. Timothy Peters, 184; 3. Matt Crafton, 183; 4. Ron Hornaday Jr., 182; 5. Cole Whitt, 175; 6. Austin Dillon, 163; 7. Todd Bodine, 148; 8. Clay Rogers, 144; 9. Max Papis, 142; 10. Parker Kligerman, 136

Formula One

Next: Turkish Grand Prix, May 8, Istanbul

Standings: 1. Sebastian Vettel, 68; 2. Lewis Hamilton, 47; 3. Jenson Button, 38; 4. Mark Webber, 37; 5. Fernando Alonso, 26; 6. Felipe Massa, 24; 7. Vitaly Petrov, 17; 8. Nick Heidfeld, 15; 9. Nico Rosberg, 10; 10. Kamui Kobayashi, 7

Auto races up next on major circuits 04/28/11 [Last modified: Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:35pm]

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