Friday, November 17, 2017
Sports

Up next races on major auto racing circuits

RECOMMENDED READING


Sprint Cup

What: Ford Ecoboost 400

When/where: Today, practice (ESPN2, 1:30 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 6 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 2, noon and 3); Sunday, race (ESPN, 2 p.m.); Homestead

Fast facts: To take the title if Matt Kenseth wins the season-ending race, Jimmie Johnson needs to finish 23rd or better, 24th with a lap led, or 25th with the most laps led. … Kyle Busch also is entered in the Nationwide and truck races. … The Cup champion will get to vote on NASCAR's Hall of Fame, bringing the total number of voters to 56, officials announced Thursday.

Standings: 1. Johnson, 2,384; 2. Kenseth, 2,356; 3. Kevin Harvick, 2,350; 4. Kyle Busch, 2,327; 5. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2,321; 6. Jeff Gordon, 2,304; 7. Greg Biffle, 2,301; 8. Clint Bowyer, 2,297; 9. Joey Logano, 2,287; 10. Kurt Busch, 2,285

Nationwide

What: Ford Ecoboost 300

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, 10 a.m.; FS2, 3 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (FS2, 1 p.m.), race (ESPN, 4:30); Homestead

Fast facts: In the owners' standings, Penske Racing's No. 22 Ford has a four-point lead over Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 54 Toyota.

Standings: 1. Austin Dillon, 1,148; 2. Sam Hornish, 1,140; 3. Regan Smith, 1,093

Trucks

What: Ford Ecoboost 200

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, 11 a.m.), qualifying (FS2, 4:30 p.m.), race (FS1, 8); Homestead

Fast facts: Matt Crafton needs a lead-lap finish to become the first driver in the series' 19-year history to complete every lap in a season. … In the owners' standings, Crafton's No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota has a 23-point lead over Kyle Busch Motorsports' No. 51 Toyota. … ThorSport gave Crafton a contract extension Thursday, ensuring him a 10th straight season with team owner Duke Thorson.

Standings: 1. Crafton, 780; 2. Ty Dillon, 734; 3. James Buescher, 730

Formula One

What: U.S. Grand Prix

When/where: Today, practice (NBC Sports Network, 1 p.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBCSN, 6:30 p.m.); Sunday, race (Ch. 8, 2 p.m.); Austin, Texas

Fast facts: Sebastian Vettel is trying to break a tie with Michael Schumacher for the most consecutive wins in a season. He needs to win here and the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix to match the season victory mark of 13 set by Schumacher in 2004 and the overall winning streak of nine set by Alberto Ascari in 1952-53. … Lotus has picked Heikki Kovalainen to drive the last two races of the season in place of injured Kimi Raikkonen (back surgery). Raikkonen's leaving for Ferrari next season. … McLaren said it will promote Danish driver Kevin Magnussen for next season, pairing the rookie with former world champion Jenson Button.

Standings: 1. Vettel, 347; 2. Fernando Alonso, 217; 3. Raikkonen, 183

Comments

Region football: Clearwater Central Catholic 37, Calvary Christian 10

CLEARWATER — The ice bath ensued for Clearwater Central Catholic coach Chris Harvey after the Marauders’ 37-10 victory over Calvary Christian in Friday’s Class 3A region final. The win placed the Marauders (11-0) in their fifth state tournament since...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

MELBOURNE — With 1 yard separating Plant from an incredible come-from-behind victory, or a devastating defeat, it all came down to a matter of trust.And for Panthers coach Robert Weiner, there was no one he would put more faith in to get that 1 yard ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Region football: Armwood 22, Hillsborough 0

Region football: Armwood 22, Hillsborough 0

SEFFNER — Hillsborough conquered one nemesis with last week’s win over Class 6A defending state finalist Lake Gibson, the team that knocked the Terriers out of the playoffs in the first round a year ago.But there was an even bigger stumbling block to...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Region football: Ocala Vanguard 35, Mitchell 31

NEW PORT RICHEY — The start wasn’t quite befitting of a playoff game between undefeated teams, but the end of Friday’s war between Ocala Vanguard and Mitchell certainly was.Like last year’s Class 6A regional semifinal, the Mustangs held a three-point...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Region football: Green Cove Springs Clay 52, Zephyrhills 49

Region football: Green Cove Springs Clay 52, Zephyrhills 49

ZEPHYRHILLS — For Zephyrhills, Friday night’s Class 5A region semifinal against Green Cove Springs Clay was doomed by 12 bad minutes. The Bulldogs led by four points at halftime but allowed 28 unanswered points in the third quarter and were not able ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Region football: Lakewood 20, Jesuit 7

Region football: Lakewood 20, Jesuit 7

ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood came into Friday’s playoff game knowing its defense had to help control field position against Jesuit. The Spartans (9-1) left Friday’s game with a ticket to Immokalee for a region final — and six Tigers (6-5) turnovers en r...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Region football: Tampa Bay Tech 42, Palmetto 26

TAMPA — Another Friday night, another offensive explosion.Tampa Bay Tech’s offense continued its torrid pace and quarterback Michael Penix Jr. accounted for five total touchdowns as the Titans rolled past Palmetto 42-26 in a Class 7A, Region 3 semifi...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Region football: Cambridge Christian 50, Indian Rocks Christian 14

TAMPA — The Cambridge Christian offense was clicking, and quarterback Jaylin Jackson couldn’t seem to be stopped. Still, as the second quarter clock dwindled, Indian Rocks Christian was hanging around.So with just more than a minute left in the half,...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Region football: Naples 24, Largo 0

NAPLES — In a game between two teams that had never met with a lot on the line, the Naples defense came up with one of its best efforts against Largo on Friday night.The Golden Eagles limited the Packers to 117 yards of offense in a 24-0 triumph in t...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Region football: Lakeland 52, Wiregrass Ranch 0

LAKELAND — It has been a historic season for the Wiregrass Ranch Bulls football team, which made consecutive playoff appearances for the first time, won its most games ever and experienced its first playoff victory.If this were a movie, the final sce...
Updated: 3 hours ago