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Sprint Cup

What: Southern 500

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, 11:30 a.m. and2 p.m.), qualifying (FS1, 6 p.m.); Saturday, race (Ch. 13, 6:30 p.m.); Darlington, S.C.

Fast facts: Seven different drivers have won in the first seven races, three off the 2000 series record for events at the start of the season without a repeat winner. Defending season champ Jimmie Johnson and second-place Matt Kenseth are winless this year.

Standings: 1. Jeff Gordon, 259; 2. Matt Kenseth, 255; 3. Carl Edwards, 247; 4. Joey Logano, 235; 5. Kyle Busch, 231; 6. Johnson, 228; 7. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 228; 8. Brad Keselowski, 218; 9. Brian Vickers, 205; 10. Paul Menard, 203

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Nationwide

What: Help a Hero 200

When/where: Today, qualifying (Fox Sports 2, 4 p.m.), race (ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.); Darlington, S.C.

Fast facts: Kyle Busch won this year at Phoenix and Bristol to push his series-record victory total to 65. Busch, Matt Kenseth and series regular Elliott Sadler are driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. The team has won seven of the past eight Darlington races, with Denny Hamlin winning three times, Busch twice and Tony Stewart and Joey Logano once each.

Standings: 1. Chase Elliott, 224; 2. Regan Smith, 222; 3. Ty Dillon, 214; 4. Elliott Sadler, 208; 5. Trevor Bayne, 206

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Trucks

Next: North Carolina Education Lottery 200, May 16, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

Standings: 1. Timothy Peters, 82; 2. Johnny Sauter, 82; 3. Matt Crafton, 78; 4. Ryan Blaney, 78; 5. Ron Hornaday, 76

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IndyCar

What: Grand Prix of Long Beach

When/where: Today, practice; Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 6 p.m.); Sunday, race (NBCSN, 4:40 p.m.); Long Beach, Calif.

Fast facts: Will Power won at Long Beach in 2008 and 2012. ... Juan Pablo Montoya, the 1999 winner, was 15th in St. Petersburg for Team Penske in his return to IndyCar after almost five seasons in F1 and seven in NASCAR. ... Mike Conway, the 2011 winner, is driving for Ed Carpenter Racing. ... . Buddy Lazier, 46, will return to the Indianapolis 500 this season in a car fielded by Lazier Partners Racing. The announcement Thursday was expected after the family organized team also entered Lazier last season, one month after forming the team.

Standings: 1. Will Power, 53; 2. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 40; 3. Helio Castroneves, 36; 4. Scott Dixon, 32; 5. Simon Pagenaud, 30

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NHRA

What: Four-Wide Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 9 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8 p.m.); Concord, N.C.

Fast facts: The event features racing in four lanes instead of the traditional two. A center wall separates the second and third lanes. ... John Force won the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., for his record 139th victory. The 64-year-old driver won his record 16th season title last year.

Standings: Top Fuel - 1. Doug Kalitta, 412; 2. Antron Brown, 339. Funny Car - 1. Robert Hight, 367; 2. John Force, 358. Pro Stock - 1. Erica Enders-Stevens, 344; 2. Jason Line, 329. Pro Stock Motorcycle - 1. Steve Johnson, 114; 2. Scotty Pollacheck, 93

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IHRA

What: Southern Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, eliminations, 6 p.m.; Bradenton Motorsports Park, 21000 State Road 64, Bradenton

Fast facts: This is the third race in the International Hot Rod Association's 12-race schedule. Cars compete in Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Altered, Nitro Harley, Mountain Motor Pro Stock and Jet Dragster classes.

Tickets: Today, $25 for adults, $10 for children; Saturday, $30 for adults, $10 for children; $5 discount for advance race-day tickets

Information: Call (941) 748-1320or check ihra.com or nitrojam.com

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Formula One

Next: Chinese Grand Prix, April 20, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai

Standings: 1. Nico Rosberg, 61; 2. Lewis Hamilton, 50; 3. Nico Hulkenberg, 28; 4. Fernando Alonso, 26; 5. Jenson Button, 23

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