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Up next races on major auto racing circuits

Sprint Cup

What: Kobalt Tools 400

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 3 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 6:30); Saturday, practice (Speed, noon and 2:30); Sunday, race (Ch. 13, 3 p.m.); Las Vegas

Fast facts: Denny Hamlin was fined $25,000 Thursday by NASCAR for criticizing the new Gen-6 race car after last week's race at Phoenix, and the furious driver said he won't pay. Hamlin compared the new car unfavorably to last year's car after his third-place finish, angering officials who are concerned about the Gen-6 car's public perception. "Ultimately, I'm not okay with it," he said. "This is the most upset and angry I've been in a really, really long time about anything that relates to NASCAR. The truth is what the truth is, and I don't believe in this. I'm never going to believe in it. And so as far as I'm concerned, I'm not going to pay the fine. If they suspend me, they suspend me at this point."

Standings: 1. Jimmie Johnson, 90; 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 82; 3. Brad Keselowski, 82; 4. Hamlin, 72; 5. Clint Bowyer, 72; 6. Greg Biffle, 66; 7. Mark Martin, 65; 8. Jeff Gordon, 60; 9. Ricky Stenhouse, 60; 10. Aric Almirola, 60

Nationwide

What: Sam's Town 300

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 1 and 4:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 1 p.m.), race (ESPN2, 4:15); Las Vegas

Fast facts: Kyle Busch is entered along with fellow Cup drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Kese­lowski. … Reed Sorenson is filling in for the injured Michael Annett in Richard Petty Motorsports' No. 43 Ford.

Standings: 1. Sam Hornish, 79; 2. Justin Allgaier, 79; 3. Brian Scott, 73; 4. Elliott Sadler, 69; 5. Parker Kligerman, 65

NHRA

Next: Gatornationals, March 14-17, Auto Plus Raceway, Gainesville

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Tony Schumacher, 228; 2. Shawn Langdon, 149. Funny Car — 1. Ron Capps, 210; 2. Courtney Force, 165. Pro Stock — 1. Vincent Nobile, 171; 2. Erica Enders-Stevens, 155

Trucks

Next: Kroger 250, April 6, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway

Standings: 1. Johnny Sauter, 47; 2. Ron Hornaday, 41; 3. Justin Lofton, 41; 4. Ty Dillon, 40; 5. Jeb Burton, 39

Up next races on major auto racing circuits 03/07/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 7, 2013 10:16pm]
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