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Sprint Cup

What: Pep Boys Auto 500

When/where:Today, qualifying (ESPN2, 7 p.m.); Sunday, race (Ch. 28, 2 p.m.); Hampton, Ga.

Fast facts: Jimmie Johnson is one race closer to getting his third straight title; the last (and only) driver to win three consecutive Cups was Cale Yarborough in 1976-78. There are four races left.

Points leaders: 1. Johnson, 6,073; 2. Greg Biffle, 5,924; 3. Jeff Burton, 5,921; 4. Carl Edwards, 5,875; 5. Clint Bowyer, 5,831; 6. Kevin Harvick, 5,817; 7. Jeff Gordon, 5,798; 8. Tony Stewart, 5,735; 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 5,694; 10. Matt Kenseth, 5,665; 11. Denny Hamlin, 5,653; 12. Kyle Busch, 5,628.

Nationwide

What: Kroger on Track for the Cure 250

When/where: Saturday, qualifying (ESPN Classic, 10:30 a.m.); race (ESPN Classic, 3:30 p.m.; Speed, 4 p.m., joined in progress); Memphis.

Fast facts: Of the nine Nationwide races at Memphis, Martin Truex (2004) and Jeff Green (1999) are the only pole-sitters to win. ... Kevin Harvick is the only driver with two wins at Memphis (2000 and 2006). ... Last year's race had 25 cautions, the most at Memphis. ... David Reutimann of Zephyrhills led last year's race for 194 laps, the most for any of the nine winners.

Points leaders: 1. Clint Bowyer, 4,552; 2. Carl Edwards, 4,356; 3. Brad Keselowski, 4,266; 4. Mike Bliss, 4,017; 5. David Ragan, 4,013; 6. Kyle Busch, 3,931; 7. Reutimann, 3,882; 8. Mike Wallace, 3,633; 9. Jason Leffler, 3,599; 10. Marcos Ambrose, 3,574.

Trucks

What: E-Z-GO 200

When/where: Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 9 a.m.); race (Speed, 1:30 p.m.); Hampton, Ga.

Fast facts: Kyle Busch has won the previous two truck races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, including the American Commercial Lines 200 on March 7. Busch has three wins in eight truck races at the track. ... Two pole-sitters have won at AMS, Mike Skinner in 2007 and Todd Bodine in 2006.

Points leaders: 1. Johnny Benson, 3,178; 2. Ron Hornaday, 3,113; 3. Matt Crafton, 2,951; 4. Bodine, 2,946; 5. Skinner, 2,896; 6. Erik Darnell, 2,877; 7. Rick Crawford, 2,856; 8. Dennis Setzer, 2,694; 9. Jack Sprague, 2,668; 10. Terry Cook, 2,575.

IndyCar

What: Nikon Indy 300

When/where:Today, qualifying (11:30 p.m.); Saturday, race (ESPN Classic, 10:30 p.m.); Surfers Paradise, Australia.

Fast facts: This is a nonpoints race. ... On Sept. 7, Helio Castroneves won at Chicagoland Speedway in the closest finish in the history of the series, but it wasn't enough to stop Scott Dixon from taking his second championship. Dixon finished with 646 points, 17 ahead of Castroneves. ... In 17 races, Dixon had six wins and 14 top-five finishes. Castroneves, Dan Wheldon and Ryan Briscoe had two wins apiece. ... Dario Franchitti will make his first start with Chip Ganassi, Vitor Meira will debut with A.J. Foyt Racing, Wheldon moves to Panther Racing and Alex Tagliani will try to cement a spot with Conquest Racing after driving for it in the final two events of 2008. ... The next race is the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on April 5.

Formula One

Next race: Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paulo, Nov. 2.

Points leaders: 1. Lewis Hamilton, 94; 2. Felipe Massa, 87; 3. Robert Kubica, 75; 4. Kimi Raikkonen, 69; 5. Nick Heidfeld, 60; 6. Fernando Alonso, 53; 7. Heikki Kovalainen, 51; 8. Sebastien Vettel and Jarno Trulli, 30; 10. Timo Glock, 22.

NHRA

Next event: ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, Oct. 31-Nov. 2

Points leaders:Top Fuel - 1. Tony Schumacher, 2,527; 2. Hillary Will, 2,315; 3. Antron Brown, 2,283; Funny Car - 1. Tim Wilkerson, 2,404; 2. Jack Beckman, 2,353; 3. Cruz Pedregon, 2,335; Pro Stock - 1. Jeg Coughlin, 2,374; 2. Kurt Johnson, 2,300; 3. Dave Connolly, 2,297; Pro Stock Motorcycle - 1. Matt Smith, 2,319; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 2,277; 3. Chris Rivas, 2,240.

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