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>Sprint Cup

Event: Goody's Fast Relief 500. Site: Martinsville, Va.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 12:30-2 p.m., 3:30-5 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, noon-1:30 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (Ch. 29, 12:30-5 p.m.).

Track: Martinsville Speedway (oval, 0.526 miles).

Race distance: 263 miles, 500 laps.

Last week: Kevin Harvick won at Fontana, passing Jimmie Johnson on the final turn for his 15th Sprint Cup victory. Johnson was second, followed by Kyle Busch.

Fast facts: The race is the sixth of the season. Trevor Bayne won the season-opening Daytona 500, Jeff Gordon won at Phoenix, Carl Edwards at Las Vegas and Busch at Bristol. Johnson has six victories at the track, winning five times in a six-race stretch from 2006 to '09. Hamlin, Johnson and Busch have combined to win the last 15 short-track races. Richard Petty won a record 15 times at Martinsville, the only remaining venue from NASCAR's inaugural 1949 season.

Next race: Samsung Mobile 500, April 9, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.



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

Last week: Kyle Busch raced to his third straight Nationwide victory at Fontana and fifth in the last six races at the California track..


>Camping World Trucks

Event: Kroger 250.

Site: Martinsville, Va.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 2-3:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (10:30-11:30 a.m.), race, 2 p.m. (Speed, 1:30-4:30 p.m.)

Track: Martinsville Speedway (oval, 0.526 miles).

Race distance: 131.5 miles, 250 laps.

Last race: Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne won at Darlington Raceway on March 12, driving the No. 18 Toyota for owner Kyle Busch. Kahne held off defending series champion Todd Bodine after a late restart.

Fast fact: Busch won the Phoenix race Feb. 25 for his 25th victory in 87 career Trucks starts. He had eight victories in 16 starts last year.

Next race: Bully Hill Vineyards 200, April 22, Nashville Superspeedway, Gladeville, Tenn.



Event: Nationals.

Site: Las Vegas.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 7-9 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 4:30-7 p.m.).

Track: The Strip, Las Vegas Speedway.

Last event: Del Worsham beat seven-time Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher on March 13 in the 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.

Fast fact: Third event of the season.

Next event: 4-Wide Nationals, April 14-17, zMAX Dragway, Concord, N.C.



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

Last week: Two-time defending series champion Dario Franchitti won season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.


Formula One

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

Last week: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel opened his title defense with a victory in the Australian Grand Prix.

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