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THIS WEEKEND

Busch Grand National

WHAT: Touchstone Energy 300.

WHEN/WHERE: 1 p.m. today at Talladega Superspeedway.

TV: 4 p.m. tape delay, Chs.

28, 40.

POLE-SITTER: Joe Nemechek.

1997 CHAMPION: Mark Martin.

FAST FACT: Series leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Coca-Cola 300 at Fort Worth, Texas, on April

4 for his first series victory. The Chevy driver has six straight top-10 finishes.

Craftsman Trucks

WHAT: Craftsman 200.

WHEN/WHERE: 3:30 p.m. today at Portland Speedway, a half-mile oval in Portland, Ore.

TV: TBS.

POLE-SITTER: Greg Biffle

1997 CHAMPION: Rich Bickle.

FAST FACT: Tension continues to build between 1996 series champion Ron Hornaday and defending champion Jack Sprague, who are separated by only two points in the standings.

CART

WHAT: Bosch Grand Prix.

WHEN/WHERE: 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Nazareth Speedway, a 1-mile tri-oval in Nazareth, Pa.

TV: ESPN.

1997 CHAMPION: Paul Tracy.

FAST FACT: Robby Gordon returns to the series after more than a year's absence. Gordon takes over the Arciero-Wells ride for retiring Hiro Matsushita, who will sit out Sunday's race before making his final appearance in Brazil.

Formula One

WHAT: San Marino Grand Prix.

WHEN/WHERE: 8 a.m. Sunday at Enzo and Dino Ferrari Autodrome, a 3.057-mile, 15-turn road course in Imola, Italy.

TV: 7:30 p.m. tape delay, Sunshine.

1997 CHAMPION: Heinz-Harald Frentzen.

FAST FACT: Last year's victory by Frentzen and runner-up finish by Michael Schumacher was an unprecedented 1-2 finish by German drivers.

NHRA

WHAT: Pennzoil Nationals.

WHEN/WHERE: 11 a.m. Sunday at Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Va.

TV: 4 p.m. tape delay, ESPN2.

1997 CHAMPIONS: Gary Scelzi (Top Fuel), Chuck Etchells (Funny Car) and Warren Johnson (Pro Stock).

FAST FACT: Cory McClenathan, who leads the Top Fuel standings, is a three-time winner this season in the Joe Gibbs-owned dragster.

IDLE THIS WEEK: Indy Racing League (Indianapolis 500, May 24).

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