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Sprint Cup

What: Bank of America 500

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 2, 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m.); Saturday, race, 7:30 p.m. (Ch. 28, 7 p.m.); Concord, N.C.

Fast facts: Jeff Gordon turned a lap at 194.308 mph Thursday to edge Kevin Harvick for his ninth pole at Charlotte, the second most in track history. Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrated his 39th birthday by qualifying sixth for his 500th Sprint Cup start. Full results, 2C. … Travis Kvapil will compete despite his arrest Tuesday night on charges of misdemeanor assault on a female and false imprisonment. NASCAR said it is in close communication with BK Racing and gathering information. "BK Racing understands the severity of the situation," team co-owner Ron Devine said. "We feel it's important to let the system take its course.'' Kvapil allegedly pulled his wife into a bedroom by her hair and struck her in the head.

Standings: 1. Matt Kenseth, 2,183; 2. Jimmie Johnson, 2,180; 3. Kevin Harvick, 2,158; 4. Jeff Gordon, 2,151; 5. Kyle Busch, 2,148; 6. Greg Biffle, 2,139; 7. Kurt Busch, 2,136; 8. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2,129; 9. Clint Bowyer, 2,128; 10. Joey Logano, 2,124.


What: Dollar General 300

When/where: Today, qualifying (Fox Sports 2, 4 p.m.), race, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2, 7 p.m.); Concord, N.C.

Fast fact: Kyle Busch won the May race at the track and has 10 victories this season to push his series record to 61.

Standings: 1. Austin Dillon, 1,024; 2. Sam Hornish Jr., 1,016; 3. Regan Smith, 989; 4. Elliott Sadler, 981; 5. Justin Allgaier, 959.

Formula One

What: Japanese Grand Prix

When/where: Today, practice (NBC Sports Channel, 1 a.m.), Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Channel, 1 a.m.); Sunday, race, 2 a.m. (NBC Sports Channel, 1:30 a.m., 1 p.m.); Suzuka, Japan.

Fast facts: The figure-eight track was built by Honda in 1962 as a test facility. … The U.S. Grand Prix is Nov. 17 in Austin, Texas.

Standings: 1. Sebastian Vettel, 272; 2. Fernando Alonso, 195; 3. Kimi Raikkonen, 167.


Next: Fred's 250, Oct. 19, Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.

Standings: 1. Matt Crafton, 644; 2. James Buescher, 603; 3. Ty Dillon, 591; 4. Jeb Burton, 571; 5. Miguel Paludo, 567.


Next: MavTV 500, Oct. 19, Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.

Fast facts: Dario Franchitti was released from a Houston hospital, four days after fracturing his spine and breaking his right ankle.

Standings: 1. Scott Dixon, 546; 2. Helio Castroneves, 521; 3. Simon Pagenaud, 491; 4. Justin Wilson, 460; 5. Marco Andretti, 457.


Next: Toyota NHRA Nationals, Oct. 25-27, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Shawn Langdon, 2,441; 2. Doug Kalitta, 2,358. Funny Car — 1. John Force, 2,457; 2. Matt Hagan, 2,392. Pro Stock — 1. Jeg Coughlin, 2,433; 2. Mike Edwards, 2,388. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Matt Smith, 2,486; 2. Hector Arana Jr., 2,361.

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