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Up next races on major auto racing circuits

Sprint Cup

What: Hollywood Casino 400

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, 1 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 5:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (FS1, 11 a.m.; FS2, 2 p.m.); Sunday, race (ESPN, 2 p.m.); Kansas City, Kan.

Fast facts: The race is the fourth in the 10-race Chase. The championship field was cut from 16 to 12 last weekend. It will be cut to eight after the sixth race and to four after the ninth. Championship-eligible drivers get a spot in the next round with a victory. Points are reset after each round and the title will be decided by finishing order in the Nov. 16 finale at Homestead. … Jeff Gordon won the May race at the track.

Standings: 1. Brad Keselowski, 3,000; 2. Gordon, 3,000; 3. Joey Logano, 3,000; 4. Jimmie Johnson, 3,000; 5. Kevin Harvick, 3,000; 6. Matt Kenseth, 3,000; 7. Denny Hamlin, 3,000; 8. Kyle Busch, 3,000; 9. Ryan Newman, 3,000; 10. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3,000; 11. Carl Edwards, 3,000; 12. Kasey Kahne, 3,000

Nationwide

What: Kansas Lottery 300

When/where: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, noon; ESPN2, 4 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Fox Sports 2, noon), race (ESPN, 3:30 p.m.); Kansas City, Kan.

Standings: 1. Chase Elliott, 1,034; 2. Regan Smith, 1,008; 3. Ty Dillon, 988; 4. Brian Scott, 975; 5. Elliott Sadler, 970

Formula One

What: Japanese Grand Prix

When/where: Today, practice (NBC Sports Network, 1 a.m.), Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBCSN, 1 a.m.); Sunday, race (NBCSN, 2 a.m.); Suzuka

Fast facts: The figure-eight track was built by Honda in 1962 as a test facility. … Dutch teenager Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver to take part in a Formula One Grand Prix weekend when he pilots a Toro Rosso in this morning's opening practice session. Verstappen, who turned 17 on Sept. 30, will be close to two years younger than current record holder Jaime Alguersuari, who was 19 years and 125 days when he contested the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Standings: 1. Lewis Hamilton, 241; 2. Nico Rosberg, 238; 3. Daniel Ricciardo, 181; 4. Fernando Alonso, 133; 5. Sebastian Vettel, 124

NHRA

What: NHRA Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, Sunday, 3:30 a.m.), Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8 p.m.); Mohnton, Pa.

Fast fact: The event is the fourth in the six-race Countdown to the Championship.

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Tony Schumacher, 2,337; 2. Shawn Langdon, 2,280. Funny Car — 1. John Force, 2,344; 2. Courtney Force, 2,314. Pro Stock — 1. Jason Line, 2,364; 2. Dave Connolly, 2,338. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Andrew Hines, 2,400; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 2,343

Trucks

Next: Fred's 250, Oct. 18, Talladega (Ala.) Super­speedway

Standings: 1. Matt Crafton, 644; 2. Johnny Sauter, 625; 3. Ryan Blaney, 617; 4. Darrell Wallace, 611; 5. Joey Coulter, 562

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