Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Up next races on major auto racing circuits

Sprint Cup

What: All-Star Race

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, noon), qualifying (Speed, 5 p.m.); Saturday, Sprint Showdown, 7:30 p.m., All-Star Race, about 9 (Speed, 5 p.m.); Concord, N.C.

Fast facts: Top two in Sprint Showdown and a driver picked in fan voting complete the All-Star field, a nonpoints event. … Winners of the four 20-lap segments line up in spots Nos. 1-4 entering the mandatory pit stop before the 10-lap final segment. If there's a repeat segment winner, the second-place finisher gets the spot.

Standings: 1. Jimmie Johnson, 423; 2. Carl Edwards, 379; 3. Matt Kenseth, 364; 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 359; 5. Clint Bowyer, 349; 6. Kasey Kahne, 326; (tie) Brad Keselowski, 326; 8. Kyle Busch, 325; 9. Aric Almirola, 317; 10. Kevin Harvick and Paul Menard, 315

Trucks

What: North Carolina Education Lottery 200

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 10:30 a.m.), qualifying (Speed, 4 p.m.), race (Speed, 8); Concord, N.C.

Fast facts: Jennifer Jo Cobb said she feels "in danger" of racing tonight against another driver who was arrested, accused of stealing her team trailer this week. Cobb reported she had a trailer and its contents, valued at $279,000, taken from her shop Saturday. Fellow driver Mike Harmon says he turned himself into the Cleveland County Sheriff's Department after a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of felony larceny. He posted $10,000 bond. Harmon said he's innocent and plans to race tonight.

Standings: 1. Matt Crafton, 162; 2. Johnny Sauter, 149; 3. Jeb Burton, 149; 4. Ryan Blaney, 141; 5. Ty Dillon, 135

NHRA

What: Kansas Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 5:30 p.m.); Sunday, finals (ESPN2, 8 p.m.); Topeka, Kan.

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Tony Schumacher, 564. Funny Car — 1. Cruz Pedregon, 547. Pro Stock — 1. Mike Edwards, 656. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Hector Arana, 375

IndyCar

Next: Indianapolis 500, May 26, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Saturday, qualifying, 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network; Sunday, qualifying, noon, NBCSN)

Fast facts: Rookie Carlos Munoz shot to the top of the speed chart in Indianapolis 500 practice Thursday with a lap at 225.163 mph, the fastest through the first six days of practice.

Standings: 1. Takuma Sato, 136; 2. Marco Andretti, 123; 3. Helio Castroneves, 116

Nationwide

Next: History 300, May 25, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

Standings: 1. Regan Smith, 342; 2. Sam Hornish, 314; 3. Elliott Sadler, 300

Formula One

Next: Monaco Grand Prix, May 26, Monte Carlo

Standings: 1. Sebastian Vettel, 89; 2. Kimi Raikkonen, 85; 3. Fernando Alonso

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