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Starting Line / This week's auto racing


Event: Nashville 300.

Site: Lebanon, Tenn.

Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, qualifying; race, 4 p.m. (ESPN, 3:30-7 p.m.).

Track: Nashville Superspeedway (oval, 1.333 miles).

Race distance: 300 miles, 225 laps.

Last year: Joey Logano raced to the second of his five 2009 series victories, holding off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Logano led a race-high 95 laps.

Last race: Justin Allgaier raced to his first NASCAR victory, beating Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski on March 20 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Allgaier and Keselowski gave Penske Racing its first 1-2 Nationwide finish.

Pit stops: Carl Edwards leads the season standings with 670 points, followed by Keselowski (644), Allgaier (639), Busch (594) and Kevin Harvick (569). . . . Edwards has a series-high three victories at the track, winning in June 2006 and sweeping the 2007 races.

Next race: Bashas' Supermarkets 200, April 9, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.


>Sprint Cup

Next race: Subway Fresh Fit 600, April 10, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.

Last week: Denny Hamlin won the rain-delayed race at Martinsville Speedway on Monday, giving up the lead to take four tires, then rallying from ninth in a pair of two-lap sprints.


>Camping World Trucks

Event: Nashville 200

Site: Lebanon, Tenn.

Schedule: Friday, practice; qualifying; race, 8 p.m. (Speed, 7:30-10:30 p.m.).

Track: Nashville Superspeedway (oval, 1.333 miles).

Race distance: 200 miles, 150 laps.

Last year: Ron Hornaday Jr. raced to his record fifth straight series victory in the August event, holding off Brian Scott in a green-white-checker finish. Hornaday won six 2009 races for Kevin Harvick Inc. en route to his record fourth series title.

Last week: Kevin Harvick raced to his fourth straight series victory, pulling away from teammate Hornaday on a restart with 19 laps to go at Martinsville Speedway.

Pit stops: Harvick is making his third series start of the season. Fellow Sprint Cup drivers Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski also are racing. . . . The 51-year-old Hornaday has a series-record 45 victories. . . . The series will return to Nashville in August, the first time the track has had two races in a season.

Next race: O'Reilly Auto Parts 250. May 2, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.


>Formula One

Event: Malaysian Grand Prix

Site: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 2-3:30 a.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 4-5:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 4 a.m. (Speed, 3:30-6 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.).

Track: Sepang International Circuit (road course, 3.44 miles).

Race distance: 192.88 miles, 56 laps.

Last year: Jenson Button won the rain-shortened race for Brawn GP, the second of his six victories in the first seven races of the season. Button went on to win his first world championship.

Last week: Button won the Australian Grand Prix for McLaren, surviving a first-corner collision and successfully gambling on tire strategy.

Next race: Chinese Grand Prix, April 18, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai.

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Next race: Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, April 11, Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala.

Last week: Will Power won the rain-delayed Honda Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, Fla., to sweep the first two races of the season.


>NHRA Full Throttle

Next event: O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals, April 9-11, Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, Texas.

Last week: John Force won the rain-delayed NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Concord, N.C., for his second Funny Car victory of the season.

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