Friday, November 24, 2017

Up next races on major auto racing circuits


Sprint Cup

What: Oral-B USA 500

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, 2:30 p.m.), qualifying (FS1, 7 p.m.); Saturday, practice (FS2, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.); Sunday, race (ESPN, 8 p.m.); Hampton, Ga.

Fast facts: Race winners get first priority for the 16-driver Chase for the Championship as long as they are in the top 30 in the standings and attempted to qualify for every race. With two regular-season races left, Joey Logano, Brad Kese­lowski, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson top the series with three victories. … The track had two Cup races a year from its opening in 1960 to 2010. Speedway Motorsports Inc. shifted one of the races to Kentucky Speedway.

Standings: 1. Gordon, 845; 2. Earnhardt, 818; 3. Keselowski, 776; 4. Logano, 761; 5. Matt Kenseth, 751; 6. Johnson, 726; 7. Kevin Harvick, 721; 8. Carl Edwards, 716; 9. Ryan Newman, 710; 10. Clint Bowyer, 699


What: Great Clips 300

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, 4 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (FS2, 4 p.m.), race (ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.); Hampton, Ga.

Fast facts: Kyle Busch has three victories in 17 starts this year to extend his series-record victory total to 66. Busch and Kevin Harvick are racing along with fellow Sprint Cup drivers Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano.

Standings: 1. Chase Elliott, 834; 2. Regan Smith, 821; 3. Ty Dillon, 804; 4. Elliott Sadler, 792; 5. Brian Scott, 783


What: Chevrolet Silverado 250

When/where: Today, practice; Saturday, practice, qualifying; Sunday, race (Fox Sports 1, 2 p.m.); Bowmanville, Ontario

Fast fact: The race last year was the series' first in Canada and the first on a road course since 2000 at Watkins Glen.

Standings: 1. Johnny Sauter, 487; 2. Matt Crafton, 479; 3. Ron Hornaday, 470; 4. Ryan Blaney, 463; 5. Darrell Wallace, 454


What: MAVTV 500

When/where: Today, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 7 p.m.); Saturday, race (NBCSN, 10:20 p.m.); Fontana, Calif.

Fast facts: In the season finale, Will Power wins the championship with a sixth-place finish or better. He has a 51-point lead over Penske teammate Helio Castroneves. Power failed to win the championship after taking the lead into the 2010, 2011 and 2012 finales. The Australian has three victories this season, winning on road courses at St. Petersburg and Detroit and the oval at Milwaukee. … The race is the third 500-mile oval event this season. Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Indianapolis 500 in May, and Penske's Juan Pablo Montoya took the Pocono race in July.

Standings: 1. Power, 626; 2. Castroneves, 575; 3. Simon Pagenaud, 545; 4. Hunter-Reay, 534; 5. Scott Dixon, 523


What: U.S. Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 11 a.m.); Sunday, qualifying (ESPN2, 11 a.m., 5 p.m.); Monday, final eliminations (ESPN2, noon); Clermont, Ind.

Fast fact: The event ends the 18-race regular season. The top 10 in each division qualify for the six-race Countdown to the Champion­ship.

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Doug Kalitta, 1,446; 2. Antron Brown, 1,354. Funny Car — 1. Robert Hight, 1,271. 2. John Force, 1,224. Pro Stock — 1. Erica Enders-Stevens, 1,229; 2. Allen Johnson, 1,197. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Andrew Hines, 853; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 762

Formula One

Next: Italian Grand Prix, Sept. 7, Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy

Standings: 1. Nico Rosberg, 220; 2. Lewis Hamilton, 191; 3. Daniel Ricciardo, 156; 4. Fernando Alonso, 121; 5. Valtteri Bottas, 110


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Sports in brief

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Jon Mott wins record fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

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Friday’s sports on TV/radio

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Bucs players, coaches say they cherish getting game balls for special feats

Bucs players, coaches say they cherish getting game balls for special feats

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Chargers pick off Cowboys

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Don’t forget Ryan Callahan in Lightning’s resurgence

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