Friday, December 15, 2017
Sports

Up next races on major auto racing circuits

Sprint Cup

What: Camping World RV Sales 500

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (FS2, noon); Sunday, race (2 p.m., ESPN); Talladega, Ala.

Fast facts: NASCAR has indefinitely suspended Todd Parrott, the crew chief for driver Aric Almirola, for violating its substance-abuse policy. Parrott works for Richard Petty Motorsports. The substance was not identified. Sammy Johns, RPM's vice president of operations and competition, will handle crew chief duties for the No. 43 Ford this weekend and until further notice. … Elliott Sadler was selected by Michael Waltrip Racing to close out the season in the No. 55 Toyota while Brian Vickers is sidelined with a blood clot. Vickers also missed the final 25 races of the 2010 season with blood clots and during that time required heart surgery. Team co-owner Waltrip was already scheduled to drive the car this weekend; Sadler will drive the remaining four races.

Standings: 1. Matt Kenseth, 2,225; 2. Jimmie Johnson, 2,221; 3. Kevin Harvick, 2,196; 4. Jeff Gordon, 2,189; 5. Kyle Busch, 2,188; 6. Greg Biffle, 2,167; 7. Kurt Busch, 2,166; 8. Clint Bowyer, 2,162; 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2,159; 10. Carl Edwards, 2,158

Trucks

What: Fred's 250

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, 10:30 a.m.), qualifying (FS2, 5 p.m.); Saturday, race (FS1, 4 p.m.); Talladega, Ala.

Fast facts: Kyle Busch is making his ninth start of the season. He has a series-high four victories this year and 34 overall.

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

IndyCar

What: MAV TV 500

When/where: Today, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 7 p.m.); Saturday, race (NBCSN, 8:50 p.m.); Fontana, Calif.

Fast facts: Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon, the series champion in 2003 and 2008, is guaranteed the title if he finishes fifth or better in the finale. He has four victories this year. The New Zealander won all three July races, winning at Pocono and sweeping the Toronto doubleheader. … Alex Tagliani is taking Dario Franchitti's place in Ganassi's lineup. … The Indy Lights race also is Saturday (NBC Sports Network, 7 p.m.).

Standings: 1. Scott Dixon, 546; 2. Helio Castroneves, 521; 3. Simon Pagenaud, 491; 4. Justin Wilson, 460; 5. Marco Andretti, 457

Nationwide

Next: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, Nov. 2, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth

Standings: 1. Austin Dillon, 1,067; 2. Sam Hornish, 1,059; 3. Regan Smith, 1,015; 4. Justin Allgaier, 997; 5. Elliott Sadler, 989

Formula One

Next: Indian Grand Prix, Oct. 27, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, India

Standings: 1. Sebastian Vettel, 297; 2. Fernando Alonso, 207; 3. Kimi Raikkonen, 177; 4. Lewis Hamilton, 161; 5. Mark Webber, 148

NHRA

Next: Toyota Nationals, Oct. 25-27, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Shawn Langdon, 2,441; 2. Doug Kalitta, 2,358. Funny Car — 1. John Force, 2,457; 2. Matt Hagan, 2,392. Pro Stock — 1. Jeg Coughlin, 2,433; 2. Mike Edwards, 2,388. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Matt Smith, 2,486; 2. Hector Arana, 2,361

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