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STARTING LINE <br> THIS WEEK'S RACING

Event: Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500.

Site: Hampton, Ga.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 7 p.m.); Sunday, race (Ch. 2, 12:30 p.m.).

Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway (quad-oval, 1.54 miles, 24 degrees banking in turns).

Race distance: 500 miles, 325 laps.

Last race: Jimmie Johnson's win at the Subway 500 in Martinsville, Va., was marred by the news that a plane owned by his team, Hendrick Motorsports, crashed in thick fog en route to the race, killing all 10 people aboard, including the son, brother and two nieces of owner Rick Hendrick. The Hendrick team includes Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte and Brian Vickers.

Fast facts: Kurt Busch finished fifth at Martinsville and built his lead in the championship standings to 96 points over Gordon. . . . Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Golden Corral 500 at Hampton on March 14. No driver has swept both races in Atlanta since Bill Elliott in 1992.

Next race: Checker Auto Parts 500, Nov. 7, Avondale, Ariz.

On the Net: nascar.com

Event: Aaron's 312

Site: Hampton, Ga.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 1:30 p.m.); Saturday, race (TNT, 1 p.m.).

Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway (quad-oval, 1.54 miles, 24 degrees banking in turns).

Race distance: 312.62 miles, 203 laps.

Last race: Martin Truex Jr. extended his points lead by holding off Greg Biffle in winning the Sam's Town 250 at the Memphis Motorsports Park. Truex, who has six wins this season, is 208 points ahead of Kyle Busch.

Next race: Bashas' Supermarkets 200, Nov. 6, Avondale, Ariz.

On the Net: nascar.com

Event: ACDelco Nationals.

Site: Las Vegas

Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN2, 5 p.m., tape); Sunday, eliminations, 1 p.m. (ESPN2, 7 p.m., tape).

Track: The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Last event: Tony Schumacher clinched his second Top Fuel championship, then tied the record for victories in a season with his ninth at the Lucas Oil Nationals on Oct. 10 in Reading, Pa. Gary Scelzi (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Angelle Savoie (Pro Stock Bike) also won.

Next event: Automobile Club Finals, Nov. 14, Pomona, Calif.

On the Net: nhra.com

Lancaster Raceway Park: Street Wars/Box/No Box drag racing, Saturday, 9 a.m.
Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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