Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Sports

Up next races on major auto racing circuits

Sprint Cup

What: Toyota Owners 400

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.), qualifying (FS1, 5 p.m.); Saturday, race (Ch. 13, 7 p.m.); Richmond, Va.

Fast facts: They are calling it "Track Takeover" at Richmond International Raceway, and track president Dennis Bickmeier hopes allowing fans onto the racing surface a few hours before race time will not only improve their experience at the 0.75-mile oval but bring more of them back. "This is a way to give people that access and let them kind of see the sport up close, or a little closer," he said. "This sport defined access, and we've got to keep that going." Richmond has opened the front-stretch before but only for a section off the front stretch. On Saturday night, fans will be able to walk the entire surface, take in live music, tour a NASCAR hauler and pose for pictures at key spots in the track's history. They also are encouraged to share those pictures on social media, a vehicle the track has used to try and highlight its status as an enjoyable place to visit. … The race is the third short-track event of the season. Carl Edwards won at Bristol on March 16, and Kurt Busch took the Martinsville race March 30. Edwards won the September race at Richmond. … Kyle Busch swept the spring races at the track from 2009-2012. … Denny Hamlin is from nearby Chesterfield. ... Richard Petty won a record 13 times at the track.

Standings: 1. Jeff Gordon, 297; 2. Matt Kenseth, 296; 3. Edwards, 278; 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 271; 5. Jimmie Johnson, 270; 6. Kyle Busch, 269; 7. Brad Keselowski, 246; 8. Joey Logano, 245; 9. Ryan Newman, 236; 10. Austin Dillon, 235; 11. Greg Biffle, 227; 12. Tony Stewart, 224

Nationwide

What: ToyotaCare 250

When/where: Today, qualifying (ESPN2, 3 p.m.), race (ESPNews, 7 p.m.); Richmond, Va.

Fast facts: Kyle Busch won this year at Phoenix and Bristol to push his series-record victory total to 65. He has won four times at Richmond. … Kevin Harvick has a series-record six victories at the track. … Brad Keselowski won the September race at the track.

Standings: 1. Chase Elliott, 271; 2. Regan Smith, 258; 3. Elliott Sadler, 251; 4. Ty Dillon, 248; 5. Trevor Bayne, 241

IndyCar

What: Grand Prix of Alabama

When/where: Today, practice; Saturday, practice, qualifying; Sunday, race (NBC Sports Network, 3 p.m.); Birmingham

Fast facts: The race is the third of the season. … Team Penske's Will Power, the winner of the season-opening race at St. Petersburg, won at Barber in 2011-12. … Scott Dixon has finished second in each of the four races at Barber.

Standings: 1. Power, 93; 2. Mike Conway, 66; 3. Simon Pagenaud, 60; 4. Helio Castroneves, 55; 5. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 54

NHRA

What: Spring Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 3 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 2:30 p.m.); Baytown, Texas.

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Doug Kalitta, 485; 2. Antron Brown, 460. Funny Car — 1. Robert Hight, 488; 2. John Force, 453. Pro Stock — 1. Erica Enders-Stevens, 426; 2. Jason Line, 384. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Andrew Hines, 180; 2. Scotty Pollacheck, 169

Trucks

Next: SFP 250, May 9, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Mo.

Standings: 1. Timothy Peters, 82; 2. Johnny Sauter, 82; 3. Matt Crafton, 78; 4. Ryan Blaney, 78; 5. Ron Hornaday, 76

Formula One

Next: Spanish Grand Prix, May 11, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona

Standings: 1. Nico Rosberg, 79; 2. Lewis Hamilton, 75; 3. Fernando Alonso, 41; 4. Nico Hulkenberg, 36; 5. Sebastian Vettel, 33

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