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What: Ford EcoBoost 400
When/where: Today, practice (ESPN2, 1:30 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 6 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 3 p.m.); Sunday, race (ESPN, 3 p.m.); Homestead
Fast facts: To win the championship in the final race, Brad Keselowski needs to finish 15th or better, 16th or better if he leads at least one lap, or 17th or better if he leads the most laps. … Keselowski is trying to give team owner Roger Penske his first Cup title, and Dodge its first championship since 1975. Dodge is leaving the series after the race.
Standings: 1. Keselowski, 2,371; 2. Jimmie Johnson, 2,351; 3. Kasey Kahne, 2,321; 4. Clint Bowyer, 2,319; 5. Denny Hamlin, 2,309; 6. Matt Kenseth, 2,297; 7. Greg Biffle, 2,293; 8. Kevin Harvick, 2,285; 9. Tony Stewart, 2,284; 10. Jeff Gordon, 2,281; 11. Martin Truex, 2,260; 12. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2,211
What: Ford EcoBoost 300
When/where: Today, practice (ESPN2, 3 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 11:30 a.m.), race (ESPN, 4:30 p.m.); Homestead
Fast facts: To wrap up the title in the finale, Ricky Stenhouse needs to finish 16th or better, 17th or better with at least one lap led, or 18th or better with the most laps led. … Elliott Sadler has come up with one way to possibly close the gap on Stenhouse. Sadler says he "might throw a banana peel under his trailer before the race starts and see if that will help him out." … Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 Toyota leads the owner standings.
Standings: 1. Stenhouse, 1,212; 2. Sadler, 1,192; 3. Austin Dillon, 1,187; 4. Sam Hornish, 1,105; 5. Michael Annett, 1,050
What: Ford EcoBoost 200
When/where: Today, practice, qualifying (Speed, 4:30 p.m.), race (Speed, 8); Homestead
Fast facts: To win the championship, James Buescher needs to finish seventh or better, eighth or better with one or more laps led, or ninth or better with the most laps led. … A record 15 different drivers have won this season.
Standings: 1. Buescher, 777; 2. Timothy Peters, 766; 3. Ty Dillon, 765; 4. Joey Coulter, 748; 5. Parker Kligerman, 740
What: U.S. Grand Prix
When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 10 a.m., and 2 p.m.), Saturday, practice (Speed, 10 a.m.), qualifying (Speed, 1 p.m.); Sunday, race (Speed, 2 p.m.); Austin, Texas
Fast facts: Two races left in the season. … The race is the series' first in the United States since 2007 at Indianapolis. … Sebastian Vettel says he's sorry about the fuss about his swearing. He also says don't be so sensitive. Vettel caused a stir after last week's race when he and winner Kimi Raikkonen cursed during live TV interviews. Series officials sent a letter to the teams reminding them that such language "has no place" during media events and brings bad publicity. "I think if you are sensitive, you should watch, I don't know, some kids' program," Vettel said Thursday. "You have the remote control in your hand, so you can choose." He said his swearing was unintentional, adding, "I think it's a bit unnecessary to create such a big fuss."
Standings: 1. Vettel, 255; 2. Fernando Alonso, 245; 3. Kimi Raikkonen, 198; 4. Mark Webber, 167; 5. Lewis Hamilton, 165