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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


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


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

Up next races on major auto racing circuits 11/14/13 [Last modified: Thursday, November 14, 2013 8:08pm]
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