Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Up next races in major auto racing circuits


Sprint Cup

What: Pure Michigan 400

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, noon), qualifying (FS1, 4:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (ESPN2, 11 a.m.); Sunday, race (ESPN, 1 p.m.); Brooklyn, Mich.

Fast facts: Tony Stewart sat out last Sunday's race at Watkins Glen, a day after the three-time Cup champion struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. under caution in a sprint car race in Canandaigua, N.Y. … Jimmie Johnson won at the track in June. … Brad Keselowski is from Rochester Hills, Mich.

Standings: 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 773; 2. Jeff Gordon, 768; 3. Matt Kenseth, 703; 4. Keselowski, 696; 5. Joey Logano, 671; 6. Carl Edwards, 658; 7. Johnson, 650; 8. Kevin Harvick, 645; 9. Ryan Newman, 645; 10. Kyle Larson, 635


What: Children's Hospital 200

When/where: Today, practice; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 9:30 a.m.), race (ESPN, 2:45 p.m.); Lexington, Ohio

Fast facts: The race is the last of three road-course events this year. Brendan Gaughan won at Road America in June. … The race was added to the schedule last year, replacing the Montreal event.

Standings: 1. Chase Elliott, 752; 2. Regan Smith, 740; 3. Elliott Sadler, 739; 4. Ty Dillon, 739; 5. Brian Scott, 707


What: Careers for Veterans 200

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (FS1, 9:30 a.m.), race (FS1, 12:30 p.m.); Brooklyn, Mich.

Fast facts: .Series points leader Ryan Blaney will run a partial Sprint Cup schedule for Wood Brothers Racing next season. Wood Brothers announced Thursday that Blaney, 20, who has been a Team Penske developmental driver since 2012, will run at least 12 races next season in the No. 21 car. Blaney will replace Trevor Bayne, who is moving to a full-time ride with Roush-Fenway Racing next season. … Kyle Busch has won all five of his series starts this season. He has six straight victories, dating to last season, and 40 overall in 120 series starts. Kyle Busch Motorsports has eight victories in the first 11 races of the season.

Standings: 1. Ryan Blaney, 408; 2. Johnny Sauter, 401; 3. Matt Crafton, 396; 4. Ron Hornaday, 388; 5. Darrell Wallace, 377


What: Wisconsin 250

When/where: Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 8 p.m.); Sunday, race (NBCSN, 3:50 p.m.); West Allis, Wis.

Fast facts: The Milwaukee Mile held its first race in 1903. The infield also was the site of some Packers games in the 1930s, including Green Bay's 1939 NFL championship game victory over the New York Giants.

Standings: 1. Will Power, 548; 2. Helio Castroneves, 544; 3. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 485; 4. Simon Pagenaud, 484; 5. Juan Pablo Montoya, 447


What: Lucas Oil Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 11 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 9 p.m.); Brainerd, Minn.

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Doug Kalitta, 1,345; 2. Antron Brown, 1,269. Funny Car — 1. Robert Hight, 1,271; 2. John Force, 1,224. Pro Stock — 1. Erica Enders-Stevens, 1,229; 2. Allen Johnson, 1,197. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Andrew Hines, 853; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 762

Formula One

Next: Belgian Grand Prix, Aug. 24, Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

Standings: 1. Nico Rosberg, 202; 2. Lewis Hamilton, 191; 3. Daniel Ricciardo, 131; 4. Fernando Alonso, 115; 5. Valtteri Bottas, 95

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