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>Sprint Cup

Event: Chevy Rock & Roll 400.

Site: Richmond, Va.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, noon-1:30 p.m.), practice (ESPN2, 2-3:30 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 5:30-7 p.m.); Saturday, race, 7:30 p.m. (Ch. 7, 7-11:30 p.m.).

Track: Richmond International Raceway (oval, 0.75 miles).

Race distance: 300 miles, 400 laps.

Last year: Jimmie Johnson raced to his second straight win and the fourth of his seven 2008 victories, holding off Tony Stewart in the regular-season finale. Johnson went on to win his third straight season championship.

Last week: Kasey Kahne won at Atlanta Motor Speedway to jump from 11th to sixth in the season standings. Kahne has two wins this year and 11 overall. Kevin Harvick finished second, and Juan Pablo Montoya was third.

Fast facts: Points leader Stewart, Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin have clinched spots in the Chase for the championship, leaving 11 drivers to fight for the final eight spots in the 10-race playoffs. Only 217 points separate fifth-place Carl Edwards -- racing with a broken right foot -- from 15th-place David Reutimann. Matt Kenseth is 12th -- 20 points ahead of Brian Vickers, 37 in front of Kyle Busch and 132 ahead of Reutimann. Tenth-place Mark Martin is 69 points ahead of Vickers, while No. 11 Greg Biffle has a 68-point lead over 13th. Kurt Busch is seventh, followed by Montoya and Ryan Newman.

Next race: Sylvania 300, Sept. 20, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.

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Event: Virginia 529 College Savings 250.

Site: Richmond, Va.

Schedule: Friday, practice (ESPN2, 10 a.m.-noon), qualifying (ESPN2, 4-5:30 p.m.), race, 8 p.m. (ESPN2, 7-10 p.m.).

Track: Richmond International Raceway (oval, 0.75 miles).

Race distance: 187.5 miles, 250 laps.

Last year: Carl Edwards won the fourth of his seven 2008 victories, passing Clint Bowyer for the lead with 28 laps to go, then pulling away through three restarts. Last week: Kevin Harvick won at Atlanta Motor Speedway, passing Dale Earnhardt Jr. with two laps left to go and holding off points leader Kyle Busch. Harvick led 131 of the 195 laps en route to his second series victory of the year.

Fast facts: Busch has a series-high six victories this season. He swept the Nationwide and Cup races at Richmond in May. . . . Edwards drove in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races last week in Atlanta after breaking his right foot playing Frisbee.

Next race: Dover 200, Sept. 26, Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del.

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>Camping World Trucks

Event: Copart 200.

Site: Madison, Ill.

Schedule: Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.); race, 1:30 p.m. (Speed, 2-5 p.m).

Track: Gateway International Raceway (oval, 1.25 miles).

Race distance: 200 miles, 160 laps.

Last week: Mike Skinner won the first Trucks race at the Iowa Speedway, dominating the field for his second victory of the year and 27th overall.

Fast facts: The 51-year-old Ron Hornaday Jr. leads the points race and has a series-high six victories.

Next race: Heluva Good! 200, Sept. 19, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.

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>Formula One

Event: Italian Grand Prix.

Site: Monza, Italy.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 8-9:30 a.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 8-9:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (Speed, 7:30-10 a.m., 4:30-7 p.m.).

Track: Autodromo Nazionale di Monza (road course, 3.6 miles).

Race distance: 190.8 miles, 53 laps.

Last race: Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen held off Force India's Giancarlo Fisichella on Aug. 30 in the Belgian Grand Prix, the Finn's fourth victory at the track in five years.

Fast facts: Fisichella left Force India last week to join Ferrari for the rest of the season.

Next race: Singapore Grand Prix, Sept. 27, Marina Bay, Singapore.

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Next race: Indy Japan 500, Sept. 19, Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan.

Last race: Points leader Ryan Briscoe won the fourth-closest finish in series history, beating Scott Dixon by 0.0077 seconds Aug. 29 at Chicagoland Speedway. Briscoe has three victories this season for Penske Racing. On the net:



Next race: NHRA Carolinas Nationals, Sept. 18-20, zMax Dragway, Concord, N.C.

Last week: Tony Schumacher raced to his eighth victory at O'Reilly Raceway Park on Monday in the U.S. Nationals, tying Don Garlits for the most Top Fuel wins at the historic Indiana track.

Ashley Force Hood (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won in the regular-season finale.

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Western New York

*Dunn Tire Raceway Park: Pro Mods/Alcohol Funny Cars: Friday, 7 p.m.

*Holland Speedway: Crash-A-Rama, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

*Ransomville Speedway: Sportsman Super Dirt Series, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

*Arcade International: Stock Cars, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

*Genesee Speedway: Empire Modified Midget Invitational, Saturday, 6 p.m.

*Little Valley Speedway: $3,000-to-win Coca-Cola Super Late Models, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

*Merrittville Speedway: Rose Webber Dwarf Car Memorial, Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m.; Enduro, Sunday, noon.

*Humberstone Speedway: NASCAR Stars Night, Sunday, 3 p.m.

*Wyoming County: Off week.

*Stateline Speedway: Dirt stock cars, Saturday, 7 p.m.

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