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Starting Line / This week's auto racing

>Sprint Cup

Event: Auto Club 400. Site: Fontana, Calif.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 3-4:30 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 7-9 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 2:30-5 p.m.);

Sunday, race, 3 p.m. (Ch. 29, 2:30-6:30 p.m.)

Track: Auto Club Speedway (oval, 2.0 miles).

Race distance: 400 miles, 200 laps.

Last week: Kyle Busch completed a weekend sweep at Bristol, beating Carl Edwards and Johnson off pit road after the final stops and holding them off over the last 60 laps.

Pit stops: Because of attendance woes, the track has only one race this year after staging two a year the last seven seasons. Five-time defending series champion Johnson has a series-high five victories at the track, winning three of the last five.

Next race: Goody's Fast Relief 500, April 3, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.

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>Nationwide

Event: Royal Purple 300. Site: Fontana, Calif.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 4:30-7 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 1-2:30 p.m.), race, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN, 5-8:30 p.m.).

Track: Auto Club Speedway (oval, 2.0 miles).

Race distance: 300 miles, 150 laps.

Last week: Busch won at Bristol for his second series victory of the year and 46th overall. He also won the Cup race.

Pit stops: Busch has won four of the last five races at the track. He's second on the Nationwide victory list, three behind Las Vegas winner Mark Martin. Josh Wise is taking over the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet from IndyCar driver Danica Patrick. She'll return to the Series on June 4 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Next race: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, April 8, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.

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>Camping World Trucks

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

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>INDYCAR

Event: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Site: St. Petersburg, Fla.

Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, practice, qualifying; Sunday, race, 12:30 p.m. (Ch. 7, 12:30-3 p.m.).

Track: Streets of St. Petersburg (street course, 1.8 miles).

Race distance: 181 miles, 100 laps.

Pit stops: The race opens the series' 17-race season. Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti won the last two season titles and three of the last four.

Next race: Grand Prix of Alabama, April 10, Barber Motorsports bPark, Birmingham, Ala.

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>Formula One

Event: Australian Grand Prix. Site: Melbourne, Australia.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 1:30-3 a.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 2-3:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 2 a.m. (Speed, 1:30-4 a.m.).

Track: Albert Park (street course, 3.3 miles).

Race distance: 191.12 miles, 58 laps.

Pit stops: FIA's World Motor Sport Council has given Bahrain's federation until May 1 to decide if a new date can be set this year for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Scheduled to open the season March 13, the race was canceled after anti-government protests.

Next race: Malaysian Grand Prix, April 10, Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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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.

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