Saturday, December 16, 2017
Sports

Up next races on major auto racing circuits

Sprint Cup

What: AAA Texas 500

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, 12:30 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 4:30); Saturday, practice (FS2, 11 a.m.; FS1, 2 p.m.); Sunday, race (ESPN, 3 p.m.); Fort Worth

Fast facts: Matt Kenseth has four victories this season on 11/2 -mile tracks. … Kyle Busch swept the Cup and Nationwide races at Texas in April.

Standings: 1. Kenseth, 2,294; 2. Jimmie Johnson, 2,294; 3. Jeff Gordon, 2,267; 4. Kevin Harvick, 2,266; 5. Kyle Busch, 2,258; 6. Clint Bowyer, 2,239; 7. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2,238; 8. Greg Biffle, 2,236; 9. Kurt Busch, 2,219; 10. Carl Edwards, 2,218

Nationwide

What: O'Reilley Auto Parts 300

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, 2 p.m.; FS2, 6); Saturday, qualifying (FS1, noon), race (ESPN2, 3:30 p.m.); Fort Worth

Fast facts: Joe Gibbs' No. 54 Toyota leads the owners standings, four points ahead of Roger Penske's No. 22 Ford. … Kyle Busch is making his 24th start of the season in the No. 54. Brad Keselowski is driving the No. 22.

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

Trucks

What: Winstar World Casino 350

When/where: Today, qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 3 p.m.), race (FS1, 8:30); Fort Worth

Fast facts: NASCAR indefinitely suspended the Richard Childress Racing crew member who threw a hammer at driver Kevin Harvick's truck during a race at Martinsville. Adam Brown was suspended Thursday for "throwing an object at a competitor's race truck." Crew chief Paul (Marcus) Richmond was fined $10,000 because he assumes responsibility for the team. Both work on Ty Dillon's truck for Richard Childress Racing. Dillon spun Harvick in Saturday's race. Harvick hit Dillon's truck under caution, then drove into Dillon's pit stall as he returned to pit road. Brown then threw the hammer. Harvick is leaving Richard Childress Racing at the end of the year after 13 seasons to join Stewart-Haas. He said after the race he is leaving because team owner Childress is too focused on developing grandsons Austin and Ty Dillon, whom he said are undeserving of their advancement in the organization.

Standings: 1. Matt Crafton, 707; 2. James Buescher, 656; 3. Ty Dillon, 646; 4. Jeb Burton, 639; 5. Johnny Sauter, 625

Formula One

What: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

When/where: Today, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 9 a.m.); Saturday, qualifying (NBCSN, 1:30 p.m.); Sunday, race (NBCSN, 8 a.m.); Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Standings: 1. Sebastian Vettel, 322; 2. Fernando Alonso, 207; 3. Kimi Raikkonen, 183; 4. Lewis Hamilton, 169; 5. Mark Webber, 148

NHRA

Next: Auto-Plus Nationals, Nov. 7-10, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona (Calif.)

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Shawn Langdon, 2,530; 2. Antron Brown, 2,428. Funny Car — 1. John Force, 2,581; 2. Matt Hagan, 2,429. Pro Stock — 1. Jeg Coughlin, 2,512; 2. Jason Line, 2,441. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Matt Smith, 2,602; 2. Michael Ray, 2,437

Comments

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Sports in brief

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Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

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Cabreras team up for first-round lead at Father/Son Challenge

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