Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Up next races on major auto racing circuits

IndyCar

What: Indianapolis 500

When/where: Today, practice (NBC Sports Network, 11 a.m.); Sunday, race (Ch. 28, noon); Indianapolis

Fast facts: Hometown driver Ed Carpenter won the pole for the second straight year, finishing with a four-lap average of 231.067 mph in his own Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet. Andretti Autosport's James Hinchcliffe, back after a concussion in the road race, qualified second. Team Penske's Will Power took the final spot in the front row. … Kurt Busch is attempting to become the fourth driver to also race in NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, following John Andretti, Robby Gordon and Tony Stewart. Busch qualified 12th for Andretti Autosport. The former NASCAR champ will use teammate Marco Andretti's backup car after crashing in practice. Stewart, Busch's NASCAR team owner, had the most successful double in 2001, finishing sixth at Indy and third at Charlotte. He's the only driver to complete all 1,100 miles. … The Indy Lights' Freedom 100 is today (NBCSN, noon).

Standings: 1. Will Power, 149; 2. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 148; 3. Simon Pagenaud, 143; 4. Helio Castroneves, 102; 5. Scott Dixon, 102

Sprint Cup

What: Coca-Cola 600

When/where: Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.); Sunday, race (Ch. 13, 6 p.m.); Concord, N.C.

Fast facts: Jimmie Johnson, winless this season, has six Charlotte victories. He won five times in a six-race stretch, taking the 2003 Coca-Cola 600 and sweeping the spring and fall races in 2004 and 2005. He took the 2009 fall race.

Standings: 1. Jeff Gordon, 394; 2. Matt Kenseth, 379; 3. Kyle Busch, 373; 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 368; 5. Carl Edwards, 367; 6. Joey Logano, 346; 7. Johnson, 340; 8. Ryan Newman, 332; 9. Greg Biffle, 328; 10. Brian Vickers, 327

Nationwide

What: History 300

When/where: Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 10:30 a.m.), race (Ch. 28, 2:45 p.m.); Concord, N.C.

Fast fact: Kyle Busch is racing along with fellow Sprint Cup drivers Kevin Harvick, Brad Kese­lowski and Matt Kenseth.

Standings: 1. Chase Elliott, 379; 2. Elliott Sadler, 377; 3. Regan Smith, 377; 4. Ty Dillon, 344; 5. Trevor Bayne, 343

Formula One

What: Monaco Grand Prix

When/where: Sunday, race (Ch. 8, 8 a.m.; NBC Sports Network); Monte Carlo

Fast facts: Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso had the fastest time in the rain-disrupted second practice session on Thursday. He clocked 1 minute, 18.482 seconds. Lewis Hamilton was second, .419 seconds behind, and Sebastian Vettel .535 behind for Red Bull. … Three-time champ Jack Brabham died Monday in Australia. He was 88. The Australian won the 1959 race en route to his first season title.

Standings: 1. Hamilton, 100; 2. Nico Rosberg, 97; 3. Alonso, 49; 4. Vettel, 45; 5. Daniel Ricciardo, 39

NHRA

What: Kansas Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 6 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 10 p.m.); Topeka

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Doug Kalitta, 649; 2. Antron Brown, 642. Funny Car — 1. Robert Hight, 730; 2. John Force, 524. Pro Stock — 1. Erica Enders-Stevens, 624; 2. Jason Line, 514. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Andrew Hines, 286; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 276

Trucks

Next: Lucas Oil 200, May 30, Dover (Del.) International Speedway

Fast facts: NASCAR has downgraded the license of driver Jake Crum. He has been blocked from driving at tracks longer than 1.25 miles. The discipline stems from Crum's interaction with Ryan Ellis in last Friday's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After the two tangled earlier in the race, Crum and Ellis were racing side by side when Crum drove into Ellis and sent him into the wall.

Standings: 1. Matt Crafton, 162; 2. Timothy Peters, 151; 3. German Quiroga, 144; 4. Johnny Sauter, 143; 5. Ron Hornaday, 137

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