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Sprint Cup

What: Gillette 500

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, noon), qualifying (Speed, 3:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 10 a.m.); Sunday, race, (TNT, 1 p.m.), Long Pond, Pa.

Fast facts: Tony Stewart earned his first Cup points victory as an owner here last year. … Denny Hamlin, tied with Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson for the series victory lead with three, won the August 2009 race at the track.

Standings: 1. Kevin Harvick, 1,898; 2. Kyle Busch, 1,869; 3. Matt Ken-seth, 1,781; 4. Jeff Gordon, 1,760; 5. Hamlin, 1,732; 6. Kurt Busch, 1,726; 7. Johnson, 1,694; 8. Jeff Burton, 1,657; 9. Greg Biffle, 1,648; 10. Mark Martin, 1,635; 11. Carl Edwards, 1,602; 12. Ryan Newman, 1,547.


What: Federated Auto Parts 300

When/where: Today, practice (ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 5:30 p.m.), race (ESPN2, 8 p.m.), Gladeville, Tenn.

Fast facts: Kevin Harvick, the April winner at the track, and Kyle Busch are skipping the race and dropping out of the title chase, leaving Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Paul Menard the only double-duty Sprint Cup drivers in the field. … Mike Bliss is driving Harvick's No. 33 Toyota, and Brad Coleman is taking Busch's spot in the No. 18 Toyota.

Standings: 1. Keselowski, 1,946; 2. Kyle Busch, 1,945; 3. Harvick, 1,852; 4. Edwards, 1,689; 5. Justin Allgaier, 1,681.


What: WinStar World Casino 400k

When/where: Today (Speed, 9 p.m.), Fort Worth, Texas.

Fast facts: Todd Bodine, winless in 24 races, has five series wins at Texas, the only driver to do that at this track in any series. … Ken Schrader is driving the No. 2 Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick, and Johnny Benson is taking Kyle Busch's spot in the No. 18 Toyota. … On Thursday, Austin Dillon earned the pole for tonight's race with a lap of 178.654 mph.

Standings: 1. Bodine, 1,068; 2. Aric Almirola, 1,066; 3. Timothy Peters, 982; 4. Ron Hornaday Jr., 965; 5. Matt Crafton, 902.


What: Firestone 550k

When/where: Today, practice, qualifying (Versus, 5 p.m.); Saturday, race (Versus, 8:45 p.m.), Fort Worth, Texas

Fast facts: Tomas Scheckter will race again for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, filling in for injured Mike Conway in No. 24 car, at least at Texas. Conway is expected to miss at least three months with back and leg injuries after his crash Sunday at the Indianapolis 500. … The series announced that it is changing its engine strategy, opening the process to a variety of manufacturers and configurations for 2012. The new ethanol-fueled engines will be up to six cylinders, allow turbocharging and produce 550-700 horsepower, depending on the course.

Standings: 1. Will Power, 227; 2. Dario Franchitti, 216; 3. Scott Dixon, 203; 4. Helio Castroneves, 199; 5. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 175.


What: Route 66 NHRA Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 11 p.m., taped); Sunday, eliminations (ESPN2, 4 p.m., taped), Joliet, Ill.

Fast fact: John Force has three Funny Car victories this year to push his record total to 129.

Standings: Top Fuel 1. Larry Dixon, 845; 2. Cory McClenathan, 748; Funny Car 1. Force, 728; 2. Robert Hight, 679; Pro Stock 1. Mike Edwards, 958; 2. Allen Johnson, 691; Pro Stock Motorcyle 1. Hector Arana, 475; 2. Matt Smith, 374.

Formula One

Next: Canadian Grand Prix, June 13, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal.

Standings: 1. Mark Webber, 93; 2. Jenson Button, 88; 3. Lewis Hamilton, 84; 4. Fernando Alonso, 79; 5. Sebastian Vettel, 78.

Auto racing fast facts 06/03/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 3, 2010 9:42pm]
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