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Sprint Cup

What: Chevy Rock & Roll 400

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, noon), practice (ESPN2, 2 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 5:30 p.m.); Saturday, race (Ch. 28, 7:30 p.m.); Richmond, Va.

Fast facts: Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin have clinched spots in the Chase for the Championship, leaving 11 drivers to fight for the final eight spots in the 10-race playoffs. ... Kyle Busch is tied with Mark Martin for the series victory lead with four. ... Richard Petty Motorsports and Yates Racing plan to merge in 2010, with the four-car team running Fords under the RPM banner. Under the agreement Yates driver Paul Menard will join RPM's team of Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and AJ Allmendinger. The switch from Dodge to Ford should also ease some of the financial pressure felt by RPM since Chrysler's Chapter 11 filing.

Points leaders: 1. Stewart, 3,694; 2. Gordon, 3,457; 3. Johnson, 3,404; 4. Hamlin, 3,296; 5. Carl Edwards, 3,162; 6. Kasey Kahne, 3,153; 7. Kurt Busch, 3,152; 8. Juan Pablo Montoya, 3,145; 9. Ryan Newman, 3,138; 10. Mark Martin, 3,126; 11. Greg Biffle, 3,125; 12. Matt Kenseth, 3,077

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Nationwide

What: Virginia 529 College Savings 250

When/where: Today, practice (ESPN2, 10 a.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 4 p.m.), race (ESPN2, 7 p.m.); Richmond, Va.

Fast facts: Kyle Busch has a series-high six victories this season. ... Kenny Wallace is making his 800th start in NASCAR's top three series.

Points leaders: 1. Busch, 4,209; 2. Carl Edwards, 3,988; 3. Brad Keselowski, 3,917; 4. Jason Leffler, 3,532; 5. Justin Allgaier, 3,010; 6. Steve Wallace, 2,994; 7. Jason Keller, 2,873; 8. Brendan Gaughan, 2,857; 9. Mike Bliss, 2,835; 10. Michael McDowell, 2,796

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Trucks

What: Copart 200

When/where: Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 11 a.m.); race (Speed, 2:30 p.m); Madison, Ill.

Fast facts: Ron Hornaday has a series-high six wins.

Points leaders: 1. Hornaday, 2,753; 2. Matt Crafton, 2,528; 3. Mike Skinner, 2,472; 4. Brian Scott, 2,292; 5. Todd Bodine, 2,275

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Formula One

What: Italian Grand Prix

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 8 a.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 8 a.m.); Sunday, race (Speed, 8 a.m.); Monza, Italy

Fast facts: Ferrari says it has entered into a five-year agreement to be sponsored by Banco Santander through 2014. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemelo downplayed questions that the deal meant Ferrari would sign Spanish driver Fernando Alonso from Renault.

Points leaders: 1. Jenson Button, 72; 2. Rubens Barrichello, 56; 3. Sebastian Vettel, 53; 4. Mark Webber, 52; 5. Kimi Raikkonen, 34

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IRL

Next race: Indy Japan 500, Sept. 19, Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan

Points leaders: 1. Ryan Briscoe, 550; 2. Dario Franchitti, 525; 3. Scott Dixon, 517; 4. Helio Castroneves, 383; 5. Danica Patrick, 353

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NHRA

Next race: NHRA Carolinas Nationals, Sept. 18-20, zMax Dragway, Concord, N.C.

Points leaders: Top Fuel - 1. Antron Brown, 2,110; 2. Larry Dixon, 2,080; Funny Car - 1. Tony Pedregon, 2,110; 2. Ron Capps, 2,080; Pro Stock - 1. Jeg Coughlin, 2,110; 2. Jason Line, 2,080; Pro Stock Motorcycle - 1. Eddie Krawiec, 2,110; 2. Andrew Hines, 2,080

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