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AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance

Wednesday - 3/12/2014, 1:28pm  ET

The Associated Press

All Times EDT

NASCAR

SPRINT CUP

FOOD CITY 500

Site: Bristol, Tenn.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, noon-1:30 p.m.), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 4:30-6 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 9-10 a.m.; Fox Sports 2, noon-1 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (Fox, 12:30-4:30 p.m.).

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway (oval, 0.533 miles).

Race distance: 500 laps, 266.5 miles.

Last year: Kasey Kahne held off Kyle Busch after a bumper-banging battle with Brad Keselowski.

Last week: Keselowski won at Las Vegas, surging ahead on the final lap when Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of fuel. Keselowski also won the Nationwide race for his first weekend sweep.

Fast facts: The race is the fourth of the season. Earnhardt finished second in Phoenix and Las Vegas after winning the season-opening Daytona 500. Kevin Harvick won a Phoenix. ... NASCAR tweaked its new knockout qualifying rules Tuesday, banning drivers from making cool-down laps after their attempts and allowing teams to hook up cooling units to engines through hood flaps. ... Matt Kenseth won in August at the track.

Next race: Auto Club 400, March 23, Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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NATIONWIDE

DRIVE TO STOP DIABETES 300

Site: Bristol, Tenn.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m., 3-4:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 10-11:30 a.m.), race, 2 p.m. (ESPN2, 1:30-4:30 p.m.).

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway (oval, 0.533 miles).

Race distance: 300 laps, 159.9 miles.

Last year: Kyle Busch raced to the second of his 12 2013 series victories. He also won the August race at the track for his record sixth Bristol victory.

Last week: Brad Keselowski won at Las Vegas, overcoming electrical trouble and holding off Busch. Keselowski also won the Sprint Cup race.

Fast facts: Busch won the rain-shortened Phoenix race two weeks ago for his series-record 64th victory. ... Regan Smith won the season-opening race at Daytona. ... Cale Conley is attempting to make his first national series start, driving the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

Next race: Auto Club 300, March 22, Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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CAMPING WORLD TRUCK

Next race: Kroger 250, March 29, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.

Last race: Kyle Busch won at Daytona on Feb. 21 to become the first driver to win Truck, ARCA, Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at the track.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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FORMULA ONE

AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Site: Melbourne, Australia.

Schedule: Friday, practice (NBC Sports Channel, 1:30-3 a.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Channel, 2-3:30 a.m., 6-7:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 2 a.m. (NBC Sports Channel, 1:30-4:30 a.m., 6:30-8:30 a.m.).

Track: Albert Park (road course, 3.3 miles).

Race distance: 191.12 miles, 58 laps.

Last year: Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen won the season-opening race for his 20th F1 victory. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was second, and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel finished third.

Fast facts: Four-time defending season champion Vettel won 13 races last season to match Michael Schumacher's record. The 26-year-old German has 39 victories in 120 career starts. ... Daniel Ricciardo has replaced the retired Mark Webber alongside Vetel at Red Bull. ... Raikkonen has returned to Ferrari to team with Alonso. ... The resigned cars feature six-cylinder turbo engines. ... Schumacher is in a coma in a French hospital months after sustaining head injuries in a skiing accident.

Next race: Malaysian Grand Prix, March 30, Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Online: http://www.formula1.com

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NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING

NHRA GATORNATIONALS

Site: Gainesville, Fla.

Schedule: Friday-Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, Sunday, 1-3 a.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 7-9 p.m.).

Track: Auto Plus Raceway At Gainesville.

Last year: Antron Brown beat Clay Millican in the Top Fuel final. Johnny Gray topped the Funny Car field, Allen Johnson won in Pro Stock and Hector Arana Jr. in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Last event: Alexis DeJoria raced to her first career Funny Car victory Feb. 23 in Chandler, Ariz. Antron Brown won in Top Fuel and Allen Johnson topped the Pro Stock field.

Fast facts: The event is the third of the season. On Feb. 9 in the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., 64-year-old John Force beat Matt Hagan in the Funny Car final with a record time of 3.965 seconds at 323.58 mph. Force won his record 16th season title last year and has a record 139 event victories. He also set the Funny Car speed record at Pomona at 324.12 mph.

Next event: SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, March 28-30, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.

Online: http://www.nhra.com

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OTHER RACES

TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP: Twelve Hours of Sebring, Saturday (Fox Sports 1, 10 a..m.-1 p.m.), Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla. Online: http://www.imsa.com

WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Friday-Saturday, Thunderbowl Raceway, Tulare, Calif. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com


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