Monday, June 18, 2018
Sports

This week's races on major auto racing circuits

Sprint Cup

What: Auto Club 400

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, 3 p.m.), qualifying (FS1, 7:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (FS1, 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.); Sunday, race (Ch. 13, 3 p.m.); Fontana, Calif.

Fast facts: Jimmie Johnson has a series-high five victories at the track. … The track had two Cup races a year from 2004-10.

Standings: 1. Brad Keselowski, 163; 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 153; 3. Carl Edwards, 152; 4. Jeff Gordon, 152; 5. Johnson, 143; 6. Joey Logano, 141; 7. Denny Hamlin, 140; 8. Matt Kenseth, 138; 9. Ryan Newman, 125; 10. Ricky Stenhouse, 122

Nationwide

What: Auto Club 300

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, 4:30 and 6 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (FS1, 1:30 p.m.), race (ESPN, 5 p.m.); Fontana, Calif.

Fast facts: Tony Stewart started Joe Gibbs Racing's Fontana winning streak of nine in a row in February 2008. Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Elliott Sadler are driving for JGR this week.

Standings: 1. Regan Smith, 151; 2. Trevor Bayne, 150; 3. Ty Dillon, 143; 4. Chase Elliott, 138; 5. Sadler, 135

Trucks

Next: Kroger 250, March 29, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway

Standings: 1. Timothy Peters, 43; 2. Johnny Sauter, 41; 3. Ron Hornaday, 39; 4. Ryan Blaney, 38; 5. Jeb Burton, 37

IndyCar

Next: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 30, series opener, Streets of St. Petersburg

Formula One

Next: Malaysian Grand Prix, March 30, Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

News: Red Bull has appealed Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from last weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix. The Australian finished second for his first career podium in his debut for Red Bull. But Ricciardo was stripped of the result after race stewards said his car violated fuel-flow rules introduced this year that limits cars to 220 pounds of fuel during a race.

Standings: 1. Nico Rosberg, 25; 2. Kevin Magnussen, 18; 3. Jenson Button, 15; 4. Fernando Alonso, 12; 5. Valtteri Bottas, 10

NHRA

Next: SummitRacing.com Nationals, March 28-30, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Doug Kalitta, 309; 2. Antron Brown, 256. Funny Car — 1. John Force, 316; 2. Robert Hight, 273. Pro Stock — 1. Allen Johnson, 282; 2. V. Gaines, 244. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Steve Johnson, 114; 2. Scotty Pollacheck, 93

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For starters: Rays at Yankees, looking to avoid a four-game sweep

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Sports on TV/radio for Sunday, June 17

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Marc Topkinís takeaways from Rays-Yankees

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