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>Sprint Cup

Event: Food City 500

Site: Bristol, Tenn.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, noon-1:30 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 3:30-5 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 1-2 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (Ch. 29, noon-4:30 p.m.).

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway (oval, 0.533 miles).

Race distance: 266.5 miles, 500 laps.

Last year: Kyle Busch raced to the first of his two 2009 Bristol victories, leading 378 of 503 laps. Busch also won the 2007 spring race at the track.

Last race: Kurt Busch won at Atlanta on March 7, surviving two overtime restarts and 16 extra laps in the race marred by Carl Edwards' retaliatory late-race bump that flipped Brad Keselowski's car. Edwards was placed on probation for three races.

Pit stops: Kevin Harvick leads the season standings with 644 points, followed by Matt Kenseth (585), Greg Biffle (585) and four-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson (570). Johnson won at California and Las Vegas to push his career victory total to 49. . . . Darrell Waltrip holds the track record with 12 Cup victories, winning seven straight races from 1980 to '84. Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch each have five Bristol wins to top the active drivers.

Next race: Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500, March 28, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.



Event: Scotts Turf Builder 300

Site: Bristol, Tenn.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 5-6 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, noon-1 p.m.) and race, 2:30 p.m. (Ch. 7, 2-5 p.m.).

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway (oval, 0.533 miles).

Race distance: 159.9 miles, 300 laps.

Last year: Kevin Harvick raced to his series-record fifth victory at the track, winning for the first time in his own Kevin Harvick Inc.-owned Chevrolet.

Last race: Harvick won at Las Vegas on Feb. 27, overcoming a pair of horrendous pit stops for his 35th Nationwide victory.

Pit stops: The race is the fourth of the year. Tony Stewart opened the season with a victory at Daytona and defending series champion Kyle Busch won at California. . . . Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski are racing for the first time since Edwards' retaliatory bump that flipped Keselowski's Cup car in Atlanta. Edwards leads the season standings with 505 points, followed by Keselowski (464) and Brian Vickers (457). . . . David Ragan won the August race at Bristol.

Next race: Nashville 300, April 3, Nashville Superspeedway, Lebanon, Tenn.

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Last week: Australia's Will Power won the rain-shortened season opener in Sao Paulo, passing Ryan Hunter-Reay with three laps to go. The race ended at the two-hour time limit with only 61 of the 75 scheduled laps completed.

Next race: Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 28, Streets of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Fla.


>Formula One

Last week: Spain's Fernando Alonso led Ferrari to a 1-2 finish in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher was sixth in his first race in three years.

Next race: Australian Grand Prix, March 28, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia.


>NHRA Full Throttle

Last week: Six-time defending series champion Tony Schumacher raced to his first Top Fuel victory of the year, beating Antron Brown at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won. Mike Edwards won the rain-delayed Arizona Nationals Pro Stock event that also was run in Gainesville.

Next event: NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, March 25-28, zMAX Dragway, Concord, N.C.

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