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Sprint Cup

What: Tums Fast Relief 500

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, noon), qualifying (Speed, 3:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 9:30 a.m., and noon); Sunday, race (ESPN, 2 p.m.); Martinsville, Va.

Fast facts: The seventh race out of 10 in the Chase for Championship. … Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been cleared to return after missing the past two races due to concussions. … Richard Petty won a record 15 times at Martinsville, the only remaining venue from NASCAR's inaugural 1949 season. Jeff Gordon leads active drivers with seven Martinsville victories.

Standings: 1. Brad Keselowski, 2,250; 2. Jimmie Johnson, 2,243; 3. Denny Hamlin, 2,230; 4. Clint Bowyer, 2,225; 5. Kasey Kahne, 2,220; 6. Martin Truex, 2,207; 7. Tony Stewart, 2,203; 8. Gordon, 2,199; 9. Matt Kenseth, 2,195; 10. Kevin Harvick, 2,191; 11. Greg Biffle, 2,188; 12. Earnhardt, 2,128


What: Kroger 200

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 10:30 a.m.), race (Speed, 2 p.m.); Martinsville, Va.

Fast facts: Denny Hamlin will drive the No. 51 Toyota owned by Kyle Busch. … Ryan Truex is making his series debut, driving Hillman Racing's No. 27 Chevrolet.

Standings: 1. Ty Dillon, 679; 2. James Buescher, 678; 3. Timothy Peters, 653; 4. Parker Kligerman, 645; 5. Joey Coulter, 629

Formula One

What: Indian Grand Prix

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 4:30 a.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 4:30-a.m.); Sunday, race (Speed, 5:30 a.m.); New Delhi

Fast facts: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is coming off his third straight victory and fourth of the season, with four races left.

Standings: 1. Vettel, 215; 2. Fernando Alonso, 209; 3. Kimi Raikkonen, 167; 4. Lewis Hamilton, 153; 5. Mark Webber, 152


What: Big O Tires Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 1:30-a.m. Sunday); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8 p.m.); Las Vegas

Fast facts: The event is the fifth in the six-race Countdown to the Championship. The top 10 in each class qualified for the playoffs.

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Antron Brown, 2,491; 2. Spencer Massey, 2,387. Funny Car — 1. Jack Beckman, 2,437; 2. Ron Capps, 2,414. Pro Stock — 1. Allen Johnson, 2,502; 2. Jason Line, 2,420. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Eddie Krawiec, 2,523; 2. Andrew Hines, 2,506


Next: O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Nov. 3, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth

Standings: 1. Elliott Sadler, 1,136; 2. Ricky Stenhouse, 1,130; 3. Austin Dillon, 1,110; 4. Sam Hornish, 1,038; 5. Michael Annett, 986

Up next races on major auto racing circuits 10/25/12 [Last modified: Thursday, October 25, 2012 9:03pm]
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