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Sprint Cup

What: Price Chopper 400

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 1 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 4:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 12:30 p.m.; ESPN2, 6:30 p.m.); Sunday, race (Ch. 28, 2 p.m.); Kansas City, Kan.

Fast facts: Jimmie Johnson has 44 career victories, 15 in Chase races. ... Jeff Gordon won the first two Cup races at Kansas (2001-02) and has a series-high five top-five finishes. ... Clint Bowyer is from Emporia, Kan.

Points leaders: 1. Mark Martin, 5,400; 2. Johnson, 5,390; 3. Juan Montoya, 5,335; 4. Kurt Busch, 5,325; 5. Tony Stewart, 5,294; 6. Denny Hamlin, 5,292; 7. Ryan Newman, 5,290; 8. Gordon, 5,278; 9. Greg Biffle, 5,262; 10. Brian Vickers, 5,249; 11. Carl Edwards, 5,247; 12. Kasey Kahne, 5,211

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Nationwide

What: Kansas Lottery 300

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 3 p.m.; ESPN2, 6 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 10 a.m.), race (ESPN2, 3:30 p.m.); Kansas City, Kan.

Fast facts: Kyle Busch has a series-high six victories - the last at Gateway Raceway in Illinois in July. ... Clint Bowyer is running a limited schedule after winning the series title last season.

Points leaders: 1. Busch, 4,549; 2. Carl Edwards, 4,338; 3. Brad Keselowski, 4,252; 4. Jason Leffler, 3,749; 5. Steve Wallace, 3,259; 6. Justin Allgaier, 3,240; 7. Jason Keller, 3,125; 8. Mike Bliss, 3,120; 9. Brendan Gaughan, 3,063; 10. Michael McDowell, 2,978

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Formula One

What: Japanese Grand Prix

When/where:Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 1 a.m.); Sunday, race (Speed, 1 a.m.); Omaya

Fast facts:Brawn GP's Jenson Button is the winner of six of the first seven races. ... Toyota said that continued participation in the sport is unclear and dependent on the automaker's financial performance and F1 cost reductions. ... Kimi Raikkonen is unsure if he'll continue in the series after being ousted as a Ferrari driver, saying it would require an offer from a top team to keep him in the sport. Raikkonen will leave Ferrari at the end of the season after agreeing to a contract buyout, making way for Fernando Alonso to join the team in 2010.

Points leaders: 1. Button, 84; 2. Rubens Barrichello, 69; 3. Sebastian Vettel, 59; 4. Mark Webber, 51.5; 5. Raikkonen, 40

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NHRA

What: O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 10:30 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 7 p.m.); Memphis

Points leaders: Top Fuel - 1. Tony Schumacher, 2,272; 2. Larry Dixon, 2,245; Funny Car - 1. Robert Hight, 2,241; 2. Ashley Force Hood, 2,228; Pro Stock - 1. Mike Edwards, 2,288; 2. Jeg Coughlin, 2,223; Pro Stock Motorcycle - 1. Hector Arana, 2,318; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 2,291

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IRL

Next race: Firestone Indy 300, Oct. 10, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead

Points leaders: 1. Scott Dixon, 570; 2. Dario Franchitti, 565; 3. Ryan Briscoe, 562; 4. Helio Castroneves, 403; 5. Danica Patrick

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Trucks

Next race: Kroger 200, Oct. 24, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway

Points leaders: 1. Ron Hornaday, 3,210; 2. Matt Crafton, 3,013; 3. Mike Skinner, 2,955; 4. Brian Scott, 2,714; 5. Johnny Sauter, 2,647

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