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Sprint Cup

What: All-Star race

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, noon), qualifying (Speed, 5 p.m.); Saturday, Sprint Showdown, 7:30 p.m., All-Star race, approximately 9 (Speed, 7 p.m.); Concord, N.C.

Fast facts: The Sprint Showdown is 60 miles (40 laps) with only green-flag laps counting in the final segment. The All-Star race is 150 miles (100 laps) in segments of 50, 20, 20 and 10, with only green-flag laps counting in the final segment. The top two in the Sprint Showdown and a driver selected in fan voting will complete the 21-car All-Star field. This is a nonpoints event. … Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne will not race this weekend. Bayne spent a week at the Mayo Clinic being treated for what doctors have called an inflammatory condition. He has not raced since April at Talladega.

Standings: 1. Carl Edwards, 416; 2. Jimmie Johnson, 392; 3. Kyle Busch, 379; 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 364; 5. Kevin Harvick, 362; 6. Matt Kenseth, 342; 7. Ryan Newman, 340; 8. Clint Bowyer, and Kurt Busch, 336; 10. Tony Stewart, 328

Nationwide

What: John Deere Dealers of Iowa 250

When/where: Today, practice; Saturday, practice, qualifying; Sunday, race (Ch. 28, 2 p.m.); Newton, Iowa

Fast facts: Kyle Busch, who has five series wins this year, is skipping the race. … Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski, the 2009 winner, are competing. … Kenny Wallace is making his 500th series start. Jason Keller holds the series record with 519.

Standings: 1. Elliott Sadler, 379; 2. Reed Sorenson, 369; 3. Jason Leffler, 364; 4. Ricky Stenhouse, 363; 5. Justin Allgaier, 361

Trucks

What: North Carolina Education Lottery 200

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 9:30 a.m.), qualifying (Speed, 4 p.m.), race (Speed, 8); Concord, N.C.

Fast facts: Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 Formula One champion, makes his debut driving a truck owned by Kyle Busch.

Standings: 1. Matt Crafton, 225; 2. Johnny Sauter, 220; 3. Cole Whitt, 218; 4. Ron Hornaday, 217; 5. Timothy Peters, 212

Formula One

What: Spanish Grand Prix

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

Standings: 1. Sebastian Vettel, 93; 2. Lewis Hamilton, 59; 3. Mark Webber, 55; 4. Jenson Button, 46; 5. Fernando Alonso, 41

NHRA

What: Summer Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 5:30 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 7 p.m.); Topeka, Kan.

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Del Worsham, 547; 2. Antron Brown, 477. Funny Car — 1. Mike Neff, 496; 2. Jack Beckman, 476. Pro Stock — 1. Jason Line, 515; 2. Greg Anderson, 465. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Karen Stoffer, 278; 2. Andrew Hines, 263

IndyCar

Next: Indianapolis 500, May 29, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Qualifying: Saturday (Versus, 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.,); Sunday (Versus, noon)

News: Swiss driver Simona De Silvestro burned both hands during a crash at an Indy 500 practice Thursday, threatening her participation in qualifying. HVM Racing owner Keith Wiggins said there was an outside chance the team would bring in another driver to get De Silvestro's backup car qualified. De Silvestro, 22, lost control of her car, and it slammed into a wall, went airborne and flipped several times before coming to a rest upside down and in flames. She has second-degree burns on her right hand and superficial burns on her left, officials said. In other practice news, Will Power topped the speed chart with about 10 minutes left in the session, turning a lap at 227.778 mph. Alex Tagliani was second at 227.652. … Danica Patrick won't commit to returning to the series next year, saying only that she's focusing on the Indy 500. Patrick, 29, who also has driven in NASCAR's Nationwide series, has been the face of IndyCar since 2005, even though she has just one win.

Standings: 1. Power, 168; 2. Dario Franchitti, 154; 3. Oriol Servia, 110; 4. Mike Conway, 102; 5. Ryan Briscoe, 101

Up next on the major auto racing circuits 05/19/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 19, 2011 8:20pm]
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