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NASCAR Sprint Cup
Event: Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500
Site: Talladega, Ala.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 2:30-5 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, noon-3 p.m.); Sunday, race, 2 p.m. (ESPN, 1-5:30 p.m.)
Track: Talladega Superspeedway (oval, 2.66 miles).
Race distance: 500 miles, 188 laps.
Last year: Clint Bowyer won the race for the third straight year to give Richard Childress Racing its 100th Cup victory. Bowyer now drives for Michael Waltrip Racing.
Last week: Brad Keselowski raced to his second victory in the first three Chase events, winning at Dover to take the points lead. The Penske Racing driver has five victories this season, matching Denny Hamlin for the series lead.
Pit stops: Keselowski, the May winner at the track, has a five-point lead over five-time champion Jimmie Johnson with seven races left. Hamlin is third, 16 points behind Keselowski, followed by Bowyer (-25), Tony Stewart (-32), Kasey Kahne (-32), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-39), Martin Truex Jr. (-42), Kevin Harvick (-46), Jeff Gordon (-48), Greg Biffle (-51) and Matt Kenseth (-72). ... Earnhardt has five Talladega victories, winning a record four straight from 2001 to ’03. ... In restrictor-plate races this year at Daytona, Kenseth won the season-opening Daytona 500 and Stewart won the July event. ... Michael Waltrip is driving his own No. 55 Toyota.
Next race: Bank of America 500, Oct. 13, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
Online: www.nascar.com
Camping World Trucks
Event: Fred’s 250
Site: Talladega, Ala.
Schedule: Friday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 5-7 p.m.); Saturday, race, 4 p.m. (Speed, 3:30-6:30 p.m.).
Track: Talladega Superspeedway (oval, 2.66 miles).
Race distance: 250.04 miles, 94 laps.
Last year: Mike Wallace won for the first time in the series since 2000.
Last week: Nelson Piquet Jr. raced to his second victory of the year, passing Matt Crafton on the final lap at Las Vegas. The Brazilian also won at Road America in June. His father won three Formula One championships.
Pit stops: Ty Dillon leads the season standings with five races left, one point ahead of James Buescher.
Next race: Kroger 20, Oct. 27, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.
Online: www.nascar.com
Nationwide
Next race: Dollar General 300, Oct. 12, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
Last week: Joey Logano won at Dover for his series-leading seventh victory of the season, leading 184 of the 200 laps.
Online: www.nascar.com
NHRA Full Throttle
Event: Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals
Site: Mohnton, Pa.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, Sunday, 12:30-1:30 a.m.), Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 7-10 p.m.).
Track: Maple Grove Raceway.
Last year: Jason Line raced to the last of his six 2011 victories en route to the Pro Stock season title. Spencer Massey won in Top Fuel, Robert Hight topped the Funny Car field, and Hector Arana Jr. won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Last week: Top Fuel points leader Antron Brown won the Midwest Nationals in Madison, Ill., for his sixth victory of the season.
Pit stops: The event is the fourth in the six-race NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship. The top 10 in each class qualified for the playoffs. ... Brown leads the Top Fuel standings, 21 points ahead of Massey.
Next event: Big O Tires Nationals, Oct. 26-28, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.
Online: www.nhra.com
Formula One
Event: Japanese Grand Prix
Site: Suzuka, Japan.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 1-2:30 a.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 1-2:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 2 a.m. (Speed, 1:30-4 a.m.).
Track: Suzuka International (road course, 3.61 miles).
Race distance: 191.12 miles, 53 laps.
Last year: Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel wrapped up his second straight season championship, finishing third behind McLaren's Jenson Button.
Last race: Vettel won the Singapore Grand Prix on Sept. 23 to jump from fourth to second in the season standings.
Pit stops: Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso tops the season standings, 29 points ahead of Vettel. Alonso and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton share the victory lead with three. ... Hamilton is moving to Mercedes next year, replacing seven-time season champion Michael Schumacher.
Next race: Indian Grand Prix, Oct. 28, Buddh International Circuit, New Delhi.
Online: www.formula1.com