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NASCAR Sprint Cup

Event: GEICO 400

Site: Joliet, Ill.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 1-2:30 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 5-6:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 2, 11 a.m.-noon, 2-3 p.m.); Sunday, race, 2 p.m. (ESPN, 1-5:30 p.m.).

Track: Chicagoland Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).

Race distance: 400.5 miles, 267 laps.

Last year: Brad Keselowski won the Chase opener for the fourth of his five 2012 victories en route to the season title.

Last week: Carl Edwards won the regular-season finale at Richmond, taking the lead after Michael Waltrip Racing driver Clint Bowyer’s late spin forced a caution period.

Pit stops: Michael Waltrip Racing was fined $300,000 and General Manager Ty Norris was suspended indefinitely Monday for manipulating the outcome of the Richmond race. Bowyer’s spin and teammate Brian Vickers’ late pit stop helped MWR driver Martin Truex Jr. take the final wild-card spot in the Chase. Truex, Bowyer and Vickers were docked 50 points apiece, with Ryan Newman — the race leader when Bowyer spun — replacing Truex in the Chase under the revised standings. … Matt Kenseth, the season victory leader with five, tops the Chase standings.

.Next race: Sylvania 300, Sept. 22, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.

Online: www.nascar.com


Event: Dollar General 300

Site: Joliet, Ill.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 2:30-4 p.m.; Fox Sports 2, 6:30-8 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Fox Sports 2, noon-1:30 p.m.), race, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2, 3:30-6 p.m.).

Track: Chicagoland Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).

Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps.

Last week: Brad Keselowski won at Richmond for his fifth victory in his last six starts.

Online: www.nascar.com

Camping World Truck

Event: EnjoyIllinois.com 225

Site: Joliet, Ill.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 10-11:30 a.m., noon-1 p.m.), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 4-5 p.m.), race, 8:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, 8-11 p.m.).

Track: Chicagoland Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).

Race distance: 225 miles, 150 laps.

Last year: James Buescher raced to the third of his four victories en route to the season title, taking the lead on the last lap and holding off Brendan Gaughan.

Next race: Smith’s 350, Sept. 28, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.

Online: www.nascar.com

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing

Event: NHRA Carolina Nationals

Site: Concord, N.C.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, Sunday, 3:30-5 a.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8:30-11:30 p.m.).

Track: zMAX Dragway.

Next event: Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Sept. 20-22, Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas.

Online: www.nhra.com

Western New York

Elegant Builders Raceway Park: Drags: IHRA Drag Racing Buffalo Superchargers, Friday, 7 p.m.; Stock Car Points Finale, Saturday 6:30 p.m.

Holland Speedway: Crash-A-Rama, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Ransomville Speedway: King of The Hill Weekend, Friday-Saturday, see www.ransomvillespeedway.com.

Little Valley Speedway: Super Late Model/358 Modified Doubleheader, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Raceway 5: Season Championships, Saturday, 6 p.m.

New Humberstone Speedway: DIRTcar Sportsman Safe Cracker 100, Sunday, 6 p.m.

Lake Erie Speedway: US Legend Cars Asphalt Nationals, Friday-Saturday, see www.lakeeriespeedway.com.

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