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THIS WEEKEND

Winston Cup

WHAT: California 500.

WHEN/WHERE: 3:30 p.m. Sunday at California Speedway, a 2-mile oval in Fontana.

TV/RADIO: ESPN; WQYK-AM 1010.

POLE-SITTER: Jeff Gordon.

1997 CHAMPION: Gordon.

FAST FACT: Gordon won the inaugural race, beating Hendrick Motorsports teammate Terry Labonte by 1.074 seconds in a duel of Chevrolet Monte Carlos. Gordon drove the last 55 laps without stopping, just crossing the finish line before running out of fuel.

NHRA

WHAT: Lone Star Nationals.

WHEN/WHERE: Noon Sunday at Texas Motorsplex in Ennis, Texas.

TV: ESPN2.

1997 CHAMPIONS: Joe Amato (Top Fuel), Randy Anderson (Funny Car) and Warren Johnson (Pro Stock).

FAST FACT: Cory McClenathan leads the Top Fuel standings with 552 points, 157 more than Amato. Chuck Etchells has a 31-point lead over Cruz Pedregon and John Force in Funny Car, and Johnson leads Jim Yates by 210 points in Pro Stock.

IDLE THIS WEEK: Busch Grand National (next race: New Hampshire 200, May 9, Loudon, N.H.); Craftsman Trucks (NAPACARD 200, May 9, Monroe, Wash.); CART (Rio 400, May 10, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); Indy Racing League (Indianapolis 500, May 24); Formula One (Spanish Grand Prix, May 10, Barcelona, Spain).

CALIFORNIA 500

California Speedway

Race facts:

Track length: 2 miles

Race length: 250 laps, 500 miles

Defending champ: Jeff Gordon

Race record: Jeff Gordon, 155.025 mph, June 22, 1997

Qualifying record: Joe Nemechek, 183.015 mph, June 20, 1997.

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