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Sprint Cup

What: Air Guard 400

When/where: Today, practice (ESPN2, noon), qualifying (ESPN2, 5:30 p.m.); Saturday, race (Ch. 28, 7:30 p.m.); Richmond, Va.

Fast facts: The event ends the 26-race regular season. The current top 10 in the standings have clinched spots in the 10-race, 12-driver Chase for the Championship.

Standings: 1. Kevin Harvick, 3,585; 2. Jeff Gordon, 3,366; 3. Kyle Busch, 3,325; 4. Tony Stewart, 3,302; 5. Carl Edwards, 3,288; 6. Jeff Burton, 3,261; 7. Jimmie Johnson, 3,247; 8. Kurt Busch, 3,228; 9. Matt Kenseth, 3,225; 10. Denny Hamlin, 3,147; 11. Greg Biffle, 3,110; 12. Clint Bowyer, 3,066

Nationwide

What: Virginia 529 College Savings 250

When/where: Today, practice, qualifying (ESPN2, 4 p.m.), race (ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.); Richmond, Va.

Standings: 1. Brad Keselowski, 4,127; 2. Carl Edwards, 3,795; 3. Kyle Busch, 3,576; 4. Justin Allgaier, 3,385; 5. Paul Menard, 3,309

Formula One

What: Italian Grand Prix

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 8 a.m.), Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 8 a.m.); Sunday, race (Speed, 8 a.m.); Monza, Italy

Fast facts: Michael Schumacher believes he's the person to help F1's governing body clarify the disputed rule about team orders. Schumacher was the beneficiary of the infamous team order Ferrari gave to Rubens Barrichello in 2002, telling him to cede victory to the seven-time champ on the final straight of the Austrian Grand Prix. That led to a ban on team orders, which Ferrari broke at this season's German GP when Felipe Massa let Fernando Alonso pass him for victory. Governing body FIA decided Wednesday not to dock the Italian team any points but said it will review the regulation.

Standings: 1. Lewis Hamilton, 182; 2. Mark Webber, 179; 3. Sebastian Vettel, 151; 4. Jenson Button, 147; 5. Alonso, 141

Trucks

Next: TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175, Sept. 18, Loudon, N.H.

Standings: 1. Todd Bodine, 2,898; 2. Aric Almirola, 2,637; 3. Johnny Sauter, 2,580; 4. Timothy Peters, 2,533; 5. Ron Hornaday, 2,461

IndyCar

Next: Indy Japan 300, Sept. 18, Motegi, Japan

Fast facts: The series has ended its six-year run at Watkins Glen International, dropping the western New York race from the 2011 schedule. On Thursday, it was revealed the series had dropped Homestead-Miami Speedway from the schedule, which will be released today.

Standings: 1. Will Power, 552; 2. Dario Franchitti, 535; 3. Scott Dixon, 469; 4. Helio Castroneves, 448; 5. Ryan Briscoe, 418

NHRA

Next: O'Reilly Auto Parts Nationals, Sept. 16-19, Concord, N.C.

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Larry Dixon, 2,234; 2. Cory McClenathan, 2,188. Funny Car — 1. John Force, 2,206; 2. Jack Beckman, 2,146. Pro Stock — 1. Mike Edwards, 2,216; 2. Allen Johnson, 2,164. Pro Stock Motorcyle — 1. Andrew Hines, 2,243; 2. Louis Tonglet, 2,155

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