Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Up next races on major auto racing circuits

Sprint Cup

What: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, noon), qualifying (FS1, 3:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (FS2, 10:30 a.m.; FS1, noon); Sunday, race (ESPN, 1 p.m.); Martinsville, Va.

Fast facts: NASCAR said Thursday that it is considering eliminating single-car qualifying next season in an overhaul that would likely implement road course-style qualifying at all but two tracks. Drivers from all three national series met with NASCAR officials for almost two hours to discuss several different ideas under consideration for 2014. The only thing officially announced by NASCAR was that it will mandate baseline concussion testing for drivers starting next season. But series officials also outlined potential changes to qualifying procedures everywhere except Daytona and Talladega. NASCAR said the field would likely be set at Daytona and Talladega with an "open qualifying session" that would allow for a 60-minute drafting session. … The race is the seventh in the 10-event Chase. … Jimmie Johnson won the April race at the track and leads active drivers with eight Martinsville victories.

Standings: 1. Johnson, 2,254; 2. Matt Kenseth, 2,250; 3. Kyle Busch, 2,228; 4. Kevin Harvick, 2,228; 5. Jeff Gordon, 2,220; 6. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2,202; 7. Greg Biffle, 2,201; 8. Clint Bowyer, 2,197; 9. Kurt Busch, 2,193; 10. Carl Edwards, 2,186

Trucks

What: Kroger 200

When/where: Today, practice (FS1, 9 a.m.), qualifying (FS2, 5 p.m.); Saturday, race (FS1, 1:30 p.m.); Martinsville, Va.

Fast facts: Denny Hamlin is racing along with fellow Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick.

Standings: 1. Matt Crafton, 680; 2. Ty Dillon, 623; 3. James Buescher, 622; 4. Jeb Burton, 598; 5. Miguel Paludo, 592

Formula One

What: Indian Grand Prix

When/where: Today, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 4:30 a.m.); Saturday, qualifying (NBCSN, 4:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 5:30 a.m. (NBCSN, 5 a.m., 2:30 p.m.); 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

What: Toyota Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, Saturday, 2:30 a.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8 p.m.); Las Vegas

Fast facts: The event is the fifth in the six-race Countdown to the Championship.

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

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

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Published: 02/24/18