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Startling Line / This week's auto racing

Sprint Cup

Event: Jeff Byrd 500. Site: Bristol, Tenn.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 1-2:30 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 4:30-6 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 11:30-2 p.m.); Sunday, race 1 p.m. (Ch. 29, 12:30-4:30 p.m.)

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

Race distance: 500 laps, 266.5 miles.

Last year: Jimmie Johnson won for the first time at Bristol, powering from sixth to first in three laps after a late four-tire stop. Tony Stewart finished second, and Kurt Busch was third after leading 278 laps.

Last race: Carl Edwards won at Las Vegas on March 6. Stewart was second.

Pit stops: Kyle Busch has won three of the last four races at the track and four of the last eight. In August, he completed an unprecedented Trucks-Nationwide-Sprint Cup sweep. . . The race is the fourth of the year. Trevor Bayne won the season-opening Daytona 500 and Jeff Gordon followed with a victory at Phoenix. . . Darrell Waltrip holds the track record with 12 victories, winning seven straight races from 1980-84. Gordon and Kurt Busch each have five Bristol wins to top the active drivers.

Next race: Auto Club 400, March 27, Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.

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Nationwide

Event: Scotts EZ Seed 300. Site: Bristol, Tenn.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 2:30-4:30 p.m., 6-7 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 10:30-11:30 a.m.); race, 2 p.m. (ESPN, 1-4:30 p.m.).

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

Race distance: 300 laps, 159.9 miles.

Last year: Justin Allgaier raced to his first NASCAR victory, holding off Brad Keselowski in Penske Racing's first 1-2 Nationwide finish.

Last race: Mark Martin won at Las Vegas on March 5 for his record 49th Nationwide victory, taking the lead when Brad Keselowski cut a tire on the final lap. Danica Patrick was fourth, the best finish by a female driver in a national NASCAR race.

Pit stops: Kyle Busch won at the track in August, part of an unprecedented Trucks-Nationwide-Sprint Cup sweep. He intentionally spun leader Keselowski in retaliation for Keselowski's bump seconds earlier. Busch won the Feb. 26 race at Phoenix for his 44th series victory. . . Patrick is making her first Bristol start.

Next race: Royal Purple 300, March 26, Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.

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Camping World Trucks

Next race: Kroger 250, April 2, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.

Last week: Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne won at Darlington Raceway, driving the No. 18 Toyota for owner Kyle Busch. Kahne held off defending series champion Todd Bodine after a restart with three laps remaining.

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NHRA Full Throttle

Next event: SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, April 1-3, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.

Last week: Del Worsham beat seven-time Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher in the final round in the NHRA Gatornationals to become the 15th driver to win Top Fuel and Funny Car events. Mike Neff (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.

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