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Sprint Cup

What: STP 400

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 1 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 4:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.); Sunday, race, (Ch. 13, 1 p.m.); Kansas City, Kan.

Fast facts: Kansas Speedway plans to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings with a moment of silence before the race. Michael Waltrip, who ran the Boston Marathon in 2000, plans to honor the victims with special door numbers painted on his three Sprint Cup entries. The numbers will replicate the style of bib numbers pinned on the nearly 30,000 runners in this year's marathon. … Denny Hamlin is sitting out his third race after fracturing a vertebra at Fontana. Brian Vickers will again drive Hamlin's No. 11 Toyota.

Standings: 1. Jimmie Johnson, 269; 2. Kyle Busch, 251; 3. Greg Biffle, 239; 4. Brad Keselowski, 235; 5. Carl Edwards, 234; 6. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 234; 7. Kasey Kahne, 232; 8. Clint Bowyer, 208; 9. Paul Menard, 206; 10. Matt Kenseth, 204

Trucks

What: SFP 250

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 3 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 11 a.m.), race (Speed, 2 p.m.); Kansas City, Kan.

Fast facts: Sprint Cup star Kyle Busch is driving his own No. 51 Toyota. … Sprint Cup's Joey Logano also is racing.

Standings: 1. Johnny Sauter, 135; 2. Jeb Burton, 119; 3. Matt Crafton, 115; 4. Ron Hornaday, 105; 5. Ryan Blaney, 100

IndyCar

What: Grand Prix of Long Beach

When/where: Today, practice; Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 6 p.m.); Sunday, race (NBC Sports Network, 4:40 p.m.); Long Beach, Calif.

Standings: 1. Helio Castroneves, 79; 2. Scott Dixon, 70; 3. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 66; 4. Marco Andretti, 61; 5. James Hinchcliffe, 56

Formula One

What: Bahrain Grand Prix

When/where: Today, practice (NBC Sports Network, 7 a.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 7 a.m.); Sunday, race (NBC Sports Network, 8 a.m.); Sakhir, Bahrain

Fast facts: The 2011 race was canceled because of clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters that remain a threat.

Standings: 1. Sebastian Vettel, 52; 2. Kimi Raikkonen, 49; 3. Fernando Alonso, 43; 4. Lewis Hamilton, 40; 5. Felipe Massa, 30

NHRA

What: Four-wide Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 5 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 7 p.m.); Concord, N.C.

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Tony Schumacher, 386; 2. Antron Brown, 372. Funny Car — 1. Courtney Force, 315; 2. Johnny Gray, 301. Pro Stock — 1. Allen Johnson, 354; 2. Mike Edwards, 350. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Hector Arana, 125; 2. Steve Johnson, 96

IHRA

What: Nitro Jam

When/where: Today, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.; Bradenton Motorsports Park, 21000 State Road 64, Bradenton

Fast facts: Tickets: adults $25 in advance, $30 day of race; 12 and under $10. For information, see bradentonmotorsports.com or ihra.com or call (941) 748-1320

Nationwide

Next: ToyotaCare 250, April 26, Richmond (Va.) International Raceway

Standings: 1. Sam Hornish, 221; 2. Regan Smith, 219; 3. Austin Dillon, 213

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