Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Sports

Up next races on major auto racing circuits

Sprint Cup

What: Hollywood Casino 400

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, 12:30 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 5 p.m.); Saturday, practice (FS2, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.); Sunday, race (ESPN, 2 p.m.); Kansas City, Kan.

Fast facts: Chase leader Matt Kenseth could be forgiven for a relatively sour opinion of the tire that Goodyear brought to Kansas Speedway this weekend. It's not that he dislikes the "multi-zone tread" that made its debut Sept. 1 at Atlanta. It's just that the defending race winner at Kansas would have been happier with the status quo. "I would have rather left everything alone, for us, especially after today," Kenseth said after Thursday's tire test. "Today was a struggle, and any time something is new and you struggle where you've had success, you kind of wish you could go back." It's rare that NASCAR changes tires between spring and fall races on the same track, but vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said it made sense at repaved Kansas Speedway. Jimmie Johnson was the fastest of 38 drivers who tested the new tires during a 3-hour session that was delayed by rain. … The race is the fourth in the 10-race Chase for the Championship.

Standings: 1. Kenseth, 2,149; 2. Johnson, 2,141; 3. Kyle Busch, 2,137; 4. Kevin Harvick, 2,110; 5. Jeff Gordon, 2,110; 6. Greg Biffle, 2,108; 7. Ryan Newman, 2,101; 8. Clint Bowyer, 2,098; 9. Kurt Busch, 2,094; 10. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2,092

Nationwide

What: Kansas Lottery 300

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, 2 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (FS2, noon), race (ESPN, 3:30 p.m.); Kansas City, Kan.

Fast facts: Brad Keselow­ksi is driving Penske's No. 22 Ford. He has five series victories this year. … NASCAR fined Nelson Piquet Jr. $10,000 on Tuesday and ordered him to attend sensitivity training for using a gay slur.

Standings: 1. Sam Hornish, 989; 2. Austin Dillon, 985; 3. Elliott Sadler, 947; 4. Regan Smith, 946; 5. Brian Vickers, 942

IndyCar

What: Grand Prix of Houston

When/where: Today, practice, first race qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 7 p.m.); Saturday, second race qualifying, first race (NBCSN, 3:33 p.m.); Sunday, second race (NBCSN, 1:33 p.m.); Houston.

Fast facts: The doubleheader is the last of three this season. The first race will feature a standing start. … The races are being run on a parking lot course at Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL's Texans.

Standings: 1. Helio Castroneves, 501; 2. Scott Dixon, 452; 3. Simon Pagenaud, 431; 4. Marco Andretti, 430; 5. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 427

Formula One

What: Korean Grand Prix

When/where: Today, practice (NBC Sports Network, 1 a.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBCSN, 1 a.m.); Sunday, race (NBCSN, 2 a.m. and taped at 5 p.m.); Yeongam, South Korea

Fast facts: Sebastian Vettel won the past two races at the track. … The circuit is about 250 miles south of Seoul.

Standings: 1. Sebastian Vettel, 247; 2. Fernando Alonso, 187; 3. Lewis Hamilton, 151; 4. Kimi Raikkonen, 149; 5. Mark Webber, 130

NHRA

What: Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 3:30 a.m. Sunday taped); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8 p.m.); Mohnton, Pa.

Fast fact: The event is the fourth in the six-race Countdown. The top 10 in each class qualified for the playoffs.

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Shawn Langdon, 2,317; 2. Doug Kalitta, 2,284. Funny Car — 1. Shawn Langdon, 2,317; 2. Doug Kalitta, 2,284. Pro Stock — 1. Mike Edwards, 2,326; 2. Jeg Coughlin, 2,316. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Hector Arana, 2,294; 2. Matt Smith, 2,289

Trucks

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

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

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