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AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance

Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2014 at 05:33 PM

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VERIZON INDYCAR

MAVTV 500

Site: Fontana, California

Schedule: Friday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 7-8 p.m.); Saturday, race, 10:20 p.m. (NBC Sports Network, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.).

Track: Auto Club Speedway (oval, 2.0 miles).

Race distance: 500 miles, 250 laps.

Last year: Team Penske's Will Power won the season finale, and Target Chip Ganassi's Scott Dixon finished fifth for his third season title.

Last week: Dixon won on the road course at Sonoma. The New Zealander won for the second time this season to tie Bobby Unser for fifth place on the career victory list with 35.

Fast facts: Power leads the season standings, 51 points ahead of teammate Helio Castroneves. No matter where Castroneves or the other contenders finish, Power would win the title with a sixth-place finish or better. Power failed to win the championship after taking the lead into the 2010, 2011 and 2012 finales. The Australian has three victories this season, winning on road courses at St. Petersburg and Detroit and the oval at Milwaukee. ... The race is the third 500-mile oval event this season. Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Indianapolis 500 in May, and Penske's Juan Pablo Montoya took the Pocono race in July.

Online: http://www.indycar.com

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NASCAR

SPRINT CUP

ORAL-B USA 500

Site: Hampton, Georgia

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 2:30-4 p.m.), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 7-8:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 2, 3-4 p.m., 6-7 p.m.); Sunday, race, 8 p.m. (ESPN, 7-11:30 p.m.).

Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway (oval, 1.54 miles).

Race distance: 500.5 miles, 325 laps.

Last year: Kyle Busch raced to the last of his four 2013 victories.

Last week: Joey Logano won at Bristol for his third victory of year, holding off Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski.

Fast facts: Race winners get first priority for the 16-driver Chase as long as they are in the top 30 in the standings and attempted to qualify for every race. With two regular-season races left, Logano, Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson top the series with three victories. Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards each have two wins, and Busch, Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin also have won. Gordon leads the standings, 27 points ahead of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Earnhardt. ... The track had two Cup races a year from its opening in 1960 to 2010. Speedway Motorsports Inc. shifted one of the races to Kentucky Speedway.

Next race: Federated Auto Parts 400, Sept. 6, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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NATIONWIDE

GREAT CLIPS 300

Site: Hampton, Georgia

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 4-7 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Fox Sports 2, 4-5:30 p.m.), race, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2, 7-10:30 p.m.).

Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway (oval, 1.54 miles).

Race distance: 300.3 miles, 195 laps.

Last year: Kevin Harvick held off fellow Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch.

Last week: Ryan Blaney won at Bristol, bolting past Busch on a late restart.

Fast facts: Busch has three victories in 17 starts this year to extend his series-record victory total to 66. Busch and Harvick are racing along with fellow Cup drivers Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano. ... Chase Elliott leads the standings, 13 points ahead of JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith. Elliott has three victories this season, winning at Texas and Darlington in consecutive weeks in April and at Chicagoland in July.

Next race: Virginia 529 College Savings 250, Sept. 5, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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CAMPING WORLD TRUCK

CHEVROLET SILVERADO 250

Site: Bowmanville, Ontario.

Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, practice, qualifying; Sunday, race, 2 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, 1-4 p.m.).

Track: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (road course, 2.459 miles).

Race distance: 157.4 miles, 64 laps.

Last year: Chase Elliott wrecked Ty Dillon for the lead in the last turn to become the youngest winner in series history at 17 years, 9 months, 4 days.

Last week: Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski won at Bristol for his first career Truck victory. Keselowski and father Bob are the only father-son winners in series history. Bob Keselowski won a 1997 race at Richmond.

Fast facts: Johnny Sauter leads the season standings, eight points ahead of Matt Crafton. ... The race last year was the series' first in Canada and the first on a road course since 2000 at Watkins Glen.

Next race: Lucas Oil 225, Sept. 12, Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING

U.S. NATIONALS

Site: Clermont, Indiana

Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.); Sunday, qualifying (ESPN2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-7 p.m.); Monday, final eliminations (ESPN2, noon-6 p.m.).

Track: Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

Last week: Shawn Langdon raced to the fifth of his seven 2013 victories en route to the Top Fuel season championship. Robert Hight won in Funny Car, Mike Edwards in Pro Stock, and John Hall in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Last event: Morgan Lucas won the Top Fuel final in Minnesota on Aug. 17, beating series leader Doug Kalitta. The Funny Car final between John Force and Ron Capps, and the Pro Stock semifinals and final were postponed because of darkness after rain delays. They will be run this week in Clermont.

Fast facts: The event ends the 18-race regular season. The top 10 in each division will qualify for the six-race Countdown to the Championship. ... Kalitta has a 92-point lead over Antron Brown in Top Fuel. Brown leads the series with five victories, and Kalitta has two. ... The 65-year-old Force tops the Funny Car standings, Erica Enders-Stevens leads in Pro Stock, and Andrew Hines in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Next event: NHRA Carolina Nationals, Sept. 12-14, zMAX Dragway, Concord, North Carolina.

Online: http://www.nhra.com

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FORMULA ONE

Next race: Italian Grand Prix, Sept. 7, Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy.

Last week: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo won the Belgian Grand Prix for his third victory of the season. Mercedes' Nico Rosberg was second to increase his season lead.

Online: http://www.formula1.com

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OTHER RACES

ARCA RACING SERIES: Southern Illinois 100, Monday, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, DuQuoin, Illinois. Online: http://www.arcaracing.com

WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Friday-Saturday, Skagit Speedway, Alger, Washington; Monday, Grays Harbor Raceway, Elma, Washington. Late Model: Friday, Lernerville Speedway, Sarver, Pennsylvania; Saturday-Sunday, Selinsgrove Speedway, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com

U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Silver Crown: Ted Horn 100, Sunday, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, DuQuoin, Illinois. Sprint Car: Friday, Terre Haute Action Track, Terre Haute, Indiana. Online: http://www.usacracing.com

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