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Winston Cup

Event: MBNA Gold 400.

Site: Dover, Del.

Schedule: Friday, first-round qualifying, 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, second-round qualifying, 11:30 a.m.; Sunday, race (TNN, 12:30 p.m.)

Track: Dover Downs International Speedway (oval, 1-mile, 24 degrees banking in turns).

Race distance: 400 miles, 400 laps.

Last race: Joe Nemechek earned his first Winston Cup victory, taking the Dura Lube 300 in Loudon, N.H. He got a big break when points leader Dale Jarrett was penalized a lap for stopping with his right side outside his box on pit road.

Fast facts: Jarrett leads Bobby Labonte by 254 points with eight of 34 races remaining.

Next race: NAPA Autocare 500, Oct. 3, Martinsville, Va.

Busch Grand National

Event: MBNA Gold 200.

Site: Dover, Del.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 2:10 p.m.; Saturday, race (TNN, 1 p.m.)

Track: Dover Downs International Speedway (oval, 1-mile, 24 degrees banking in turns).

Race distance: 200 miles, 200 laps.

Last race: Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed Mark Martin with seven laps to go and outdueled the Winston Cup star to win the Autolite Platinum 250 in Richmond, Va.

Fast facts: There have been 12 different winners in the last 13 fall races at Dover. Harry Gant is the only multiple winner, taking home the title in 1990-91.

Next race: All Pro 300, Oct. 9, Concord, N.C.

Championship Auto Racing Teams

Event: Texaco Grand Prix.

ite: Houston.

Schedule: Friday; provisional qualifying 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, final qualifying, 1:45 p.m. (ESPN2, tape, 4 p.m.); Sunday, race (ABC, 4 p.m.)

Track: Houston street circuit (temporary road course, 1.53 miles, 10 turns).

Race distance: 198.9 miles, 130 laps.

Last race: Bryan Herta led every lap on the way to his second straight victory in the Shell 300 in Monterey, Calif. Gonzalo Rodriguez, a 27-year-old driver from Uruguay, was killed in a crash during practice when his car struck a concrete wall at about 140 mph.

Fast facts: Dario Franchitti trails Juan Montoya 199-171 in the standings with three races remaining. . . . Montoya leads all drivers with seven victories this year. . . . If Montoya finishes the race with at least a 44-point lead, he would clinch the series title. It would be the fourth consecutive title for Chip Ganassi's team.

Next race: Honda Indy, Oct. 17, Surfers Paradise, Australia.

Indy Racing League

Event: 500.

Site: Las Vegas.

Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (Speedvision, 3 p.m.); Sunday, race (ESPN2, 2:30 p.m.)

Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (tri-oval, 1.5 miles, 12 degrees banking in turns).

Race distance: 312 miles, 208 laps.

Last race: Greg Ray won for the third time in four races, beating back challenges from Davey Hamilton and Mark Dismore down the stretch at the Colorado 200 in Fountain.

Fast facts: If Ray wins he will tie Kenny Brack for most consecutive victories (three) and set an IRL record with four in a season. . . . If Ray leads the standings by 56 points or more following the race he will clinch the championship.

Next race: Lone Star 500, Oct. 17, Fort Worth, Texas.

Formula One

Event: European Grand Prix.

Site: Nurburgring, Germany.

Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 7 a.m. (Speedvision); Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (Speedvision; Fox Sports Net).

Track: Nuerburgring (road course, 2.831 miles).

Race distance: 189.677 miles, 67 laps.

Last race: Mika Hakkinen lost control of his car and spun off the course, clearing the way for Heinz-Harald Frentzen to win the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.

Fast facts: Two-time CART champion Alex Zanardi has not won a point this season. . . . Hakkinen and Eddie Irvine have 60 points each to share the lead in the championship race with three events remaining.

Next race: Malaysian Grand Prix, Oct. 17, Kuala Lumpur.
Compiled by the Associated Press

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