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AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance

Wednesday - 4/10/2013, 11:50am  ET

The Associated Press

All Times EDT

NASCAR

SPRINT CUP

NRA 500

Site: Fort Worth, Texas.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 12:30-2 p.m., 3-4:30 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 6:30-8 p.m.); Sunday, race, 7:30 p.m. (FOX, 7-11 p.m.).

Track: Texas Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).

Race distance: 501 miles, 334 laps.

Last year: Greg Biffle ended a 49-race winless streak, giving owner Jack Roush his ninth Cup victory at the track. Jimmie Johnson was second.

Last week: Johnson raced to his eighth Martinsville victory, leading a career-best 346 laps on the series' shortest track. He also won the season-opening Daytona 500.

Fast facts: The race is the first night event of the season. ... Johnson leads the season standings. He won the November race at the track. ... Brian Vickers is driving Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 11 Toyota in place of the injured Denny Hamlin. Mark Martin, back in Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 55, finished 10th last week in the No. 11. Hamlin fractured a vertebra at Fontana on March 24 in a last-lap wreck.

Next race: STP 400, April 21, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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NATIONWIDE

O'REILLY AUTO PARTS 300

Site: Fort Worth, Texas.

Schedule: Thursday, practice; Friday, practice, qualifying (ESPN2, 5-6 p.m.), race, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2, 8-11 p.m.).

Track: Texas Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).

Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. raced to the second of his six 2012 victories en route to his second straight season title.

Last race: Kyle Busch extended Joe Gibbs Racing's Fontana Nationwide winning streak to nine, holding off Sam Hornish Jr. on March 23 for his third victory in five races this year. Busch has a series-record 54 victories.

Fast facts: Busch is racing along with fellow Sprint Cup drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne. Harvick won the November race at the track. ... Hornish, the Las Vegas winner, leads the season standings. He won three IndyCar races at the track.

Next race: ToyotaCare 250, April 26, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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CAMPING WORLD TRUCK

NORTH CAROLINA EDUCATION LOTTERY 200

Site: Rockingham, N.C.

Schedule: Saturday, practice; Sunday, qualifying, race, 2 p.m. (Speed, 1:30-4:30 p.m.).

Track: Rockingham Speedway (oval, 1.017 miles).

Race distance: 200 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne won the inaugural race, holding off Turner Motorsports teammate James Buescher.

Last week: Johnny Sauter won at Martinsville for his second straight victory. The ThorSport Racing driver also won the opener at Daytona on Feb. 22.

Fast facts: The race last year was NASCAR's first at the track since 2004. Andy Hillenburg bought the facility from Speedway Motorsports owner Bruton Smith in 2007. ... Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano will pilot Brad Keselowski Racing's No. 19 Ford.

Next race: Lucas Oil 200, May 31, Dover International Speedway Dover, Del.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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FORMULA ONE

CHINESE GRAND PRIX

Site: Shanghai.

Schedule: Friday, practice (NBC Sports, 2-3:30 a.m.), Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports, 2-3:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 3 a.m. (NBC Sports, 2:30-5 a.m., 1-3:30 p.m.).

Track: Shanghai International Circuit (road course, 3.39 miles).

Race distance: 189.7 miles, 56 laps.

Last year: Mercedes' Nico Rosberg raced to his first F1 victory, starting from the pole and beating McLaren's Jenson Button by 20.6 seconds.

Last race: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix on March 24, ignoring team orders and overtaking teammate Mark Webber for the lead.

Fast facts: The race is the third of the season. Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen won the opener in Australia. ... Hermann Tilke and Peter Wahl designed the track. The course is shaped like the Chinese character "shang," which stands for "high" or "above."

Next race: Bahrain Grand Prix, April 21, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain.

Online: http://www.formula1.com

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IZOD INDYCAR

Next race: Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 21, Streets of Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif.

Last week: Defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay snapped Penske Racing's winning streak at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama to give Andretti Autosport its second victory of the season. James Hinchcliffe won the opener at St. Petersburg.

Online: http://www.indycar.com

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NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING

Next event: NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 19-21, zMAX Dragway, Concord, N.C.

Last week: Allen Johnson swept the K&N Horsepower Challenge bonus event and the regular Pro Stock competition at Las Vegas. Tony Schumacher won in Top Fuel and Cruz Pedregon topped the Funny Car field.

Online: http://www.nhra.com

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OTHER RACES

WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Friday, Kings Speedway Hanford, Calif.; Saturday, Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, Calif. Late Model: Saturday, NAPA Wayne County Speedway, Orrville, Ohio. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com


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