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Starting Line /This week's racing

Sprint Cup

Event: Sylvania 300. Site: Loudon, N.H.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, noon-1:30 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 3-5 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 9-10 a.m.), practice (ESPN2, 6:45-7:45 p.m.; Sunday, race, 2 p.m. (ABC, 1-5:30 p.m.).

Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (oval, 1.058 miles).

Race distance: 317.4 miles, 300 laps.

Last week: Denny Hamlin won for the first time on his home track at Richmond, beating Kurt Busch in the regular-season finale. Kyle Busch, tied with Mark Martin with a series-best four victories, was fifth to miss a spot in the 12-man Chase. Brian Vickers finished seventh to take the 12th spot, eight points ahead of Kyle Busch. Matt Kenseth dropped out of the top 12 with a 25th-place run.

Fast facts: Mark Martin leads the 12-driver Chase field with reset points of 5,040 -- including 40 bonus points for his four victories. Tony Stewart, the regular-season leader, and three-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson are 10 points back. . . . Johnson has a series-high 14 victories in 50 Chase starts. Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle are tied for second with six Chase wins. . . . Joey Logano won the rain-shortened June race at New Hampshire to become the youngest winner in Sprint Cup history at 19 years, 1 month, 4 days.

Next race: AAA 400, Sept. 27, Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del.

Camping World Trucks

Event: Heluva Good! 200. Site: Loudon, N.H.

Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 10-11:30 a.m.), race, 3 p.m. (Speed, 2:30-5:30 p.m.).

Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (oval, 1.058 miles).

Race distance: 211.6 miles, 200 laps.

Last week: Mike Skinner raced to his second straight victory and third of the season, holding off Johnny Sauter at Gateway International Raceway. With four laps to go, Matt Crafton sent leader Ron Hornaday Jr. spinning after they bumped on the first turn. Crafton was black-flagged and had to restart behind the rest of the lead-lap cars. Skinner has 28 series victories.

Fast facts: The 51-year-old Hornaday leads the points race and has a series-high six victories, including a series-record five in a row earlier this season. He has a series-record 45 career wins and a record three season titles. . . . Kyle Busch is trying to win his third straight series start. The Sprint Cup driver missed the last two races after winning at Bristol and Chicagoland.

Next race: Las Vegas 350, Sept. 26, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.


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

Last week: Carl Edwards took the lead from Kevin Harvick on pit road with 24 laps to go, then held off Harvick at Richmond for his fourth victory of the season. Racing with a broken right foot, Edwards had to start at the back of the field after his team made adjustments to his Ford after the cars were impounded. There are eight races left.


Event: Indy Japan 300. Site: Motegi, Japan.

Schedule: Friday, practice, qualifying (Versus, Friday, 6-7 p.m.); Saturday, race (Versus, Friday, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m.).

Track: Twin Ring Motegi (oval, 1.5 miles).

Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: Danica Patrick became the first female winner in IndyCar history, winning in her 50th career start. She took the lead from Helio Castroneves on the 198th lap and finished 5.8594 seconds ahead.

Last race: Points leader Ryan Briscoe won the fourth-closest finish in series history, beating Scott Dixon by 0.0077 of a second Aug. 29 at Chicagoland Speedway. There are two races left.

Fast facts: The series is making its seventh trip to Twin Ring Motegi. Scott Sharp won the inaugural race in 2003, Dan Wheldon swept the 2004-05 races, Castroneves won in 2006 and Tony Kaanan took the 2007 event. . . . Dixon and Franchitti share the series victory lead with four. Briscoe has won three times this year.

Next race: Firestone Indy 300, Oct. 10, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Fla.


Event: NHRA Carolinas Nationals. Site: Concord, N.C.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 7-10 p.m.).

Track: zMax Dragway.

Last event: Schumacher won the U.S. Nationals on Sept. 7 for his eighth victory at O'Reilly Raceway Park, tying Don Garlits for the most Top Fuel wins at the historic Indiana track.

Fast facts: The top 10 drivers in each category after the 18-event regular season advanced to the six-race playoffs. Under the reset points, the leaders were given a 30-point advantage over the second-place drivers.

Next event: O'Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, Sept. 25-27, Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas.

Formula One

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

Last week: Rubens Barrichello won the Italian Grand Prix for his second victory in three races, beating Brawn GP teammate Jenson Button at Monza. Button has a 14-point lead over second-place Barrichello in the season standings with four races left.

Western New York

Dunn Tire Raceway Park: IHRA Drag Racing, tonight, 7 p.m.; US Open, Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30 p.m.

Ransomville Speedway: 360 Late Model Open, Friday, 7:15 p.m.; Street Stock King of The Hill 100, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Arcade International: Championship Night, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Genesee Speedway: Sportsman Super DIRT Series, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Humberstone Speedway: Sportsman Open 100, Sunday, 6:45 p.m.

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