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What: Heath Calhoun 400
When/where: Today, practice (Speed, noon-1:30, 2-3:30 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 5-7:30 p.m.); Saturday, race (Ch. 13, 7:30 p.m.); Richmond, Va.
Fast facts: Jimmie Johnson has a series-high three victories. The four-time defending series champ swept the 2007 Richmond races and also won at the track in September 2008. … … Denny Hamlin, from nearby Chesterfield, won in September at the track. He has victories this year at Martinsville and Texas.
Standings: 1. Johnson, 1,323; 2. Kevin Harvick, 1,297; 3. Greg Biffle, 1,237; 4. Matt Kenseth, 1,224; 5. Kyle Busch, 1,163; 6. Mark Martin, 1,154; 7. Kurt Busch, 1,146; 8. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1,142; 9. Hamlin, 1,138; 10. Jeff Gordon, 1,130; 11. Clint Bowyer, 1,086; 12. Jeff Burton, 1,082
What: Bubba Burger 250
When/where: Today, practice, qualifying (Speed, 4-5:30 p.m.); race (ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.); Richmond, Va.
Fast facts: Brad Keselowski has seven top-five finishes in eight races. He was docked 50 points Wednesday because his car failed inspection after his win Sunday at Talladega. … Kevin Harvick has won four series races at Richmond, one off Mark Martin's record. … Matt Kenseth is driving the No. 16 Ford in place of Colin Braun. … Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive a replica of his father's No. 3 Wrangler Chevrolet in the Nationwide race at Daytona in July. The car was unveiled Thursday on what would have been the seven-time NASCAR champion's 59th birthday. He was killed in a 2001 crash at Daytona, and his number has not been used in Sprint Cup since. Earnhardt Jr. drove the No. 3 twice in 2002 in NASCAR's second-tier series, and Richard Childress, who controls the number, is allowing his grandson Austin to use it in the truck series. "The Wrangler car is definitely in the top 10 of coolest cars that have ever been on the race track," Junior said. "A lot of people identify with it, and I can't think of a better way to honor my dad and celebrate his induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame than to bring the Wrangler colors back with the No. 3 on the side." Earnhardt will be inducted as part of the inaugural Hall of Fame class on May 23.
Standings: 1. Keselowski, 1,324; 2. Harvick, 1,264; 3. Kyle Busch, 1,220; 4. Justin Allgaier, 1,171; 5. Carl Edwards, 1,111
What: O'Reilly Auto Parts 250
When/where: Saturday, practice, qualifying; Sunday, race (Speed, 1 p.m.); Kansas City, Kan.
Fast facts: Timothy Peters, winner of the season-opening race at Daytona, is the only series regular to win this year. Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick won at Atlanta and Martinsville, and Kyle Busch at Nashville. … Ken Schrader is driving the No. 2 Chevrolet in place of Harvick, and Brian Ickler will be in Busch's No. 18 Toyota.
Standings: 1. Timothy Peters, 666; 2. Aric Almirola, 584; 3. Todd Bodine, 573; 4. Kevin Harvick, 560; 5. Matt Crafton, 538
What: Indy 300
When/where: Today, practice, qualifying; Saturday, race (Ch. 28, 2 p.m.); Kansas City, Kan.
Fast facts: The series announced Tuesday that it will crown season champs for oval and road courses, as well as the overall points winner. The race is the first of the series' seven oval events. There are nine races on road and street courses.
Standings: 1. Will Power, 172; 2. Helio Castroneves, 130; 3. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 129; 4. Justin Wilson, 125; 5. Scott Dixon, 112; (tie) Dario Franchitti, 112
What: Midwest Nationals
When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 9-11 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 10-10:30 a.m., 7 p.m.); Madison, Ill.
Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Larry Dixon, 556; 2. Cory McClenathan, 555. Funny Car — 1. John Force, 553; 2. Matt Hagan, 433. 3. Pro Stock — 1. Mike Edwards, 701; 2. Allen Johnson, 440. Pro Stock Motorcyle — 1. Hector Arana, 284; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 244
Next: Spanish Grand Prix, May 9, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
Standings: 1. Jenson Button, 60; 2. Nico Rosberg, 50; 3. Fernando Alonso, 49; (tie) Lewis Hamilton, 49; 5. Sebastian Vettel, 45