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Sprint Cup

Event: Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400. Site: Richmond, Va.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, noon-3:30 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 5:30-7 p.m.); Saturday, race, 7:30 p.m. (Ch. 29, 7-11 p.m.).

Track: Richmond International Raceway (oval, 0.75 miles).

Race distance: 300 miles, 400 laps.

Last year: Kyle Busch won the race for the second straight year, beating Jeff Gordon after a late restart.

Last race: Jimmie Johnson won at Talladega on April 17, edging Clint Bowyer by about a foot with a big push from Hendrick teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. The margin was 0.002 seconds, matching the closest finish in Sprint Cup history.

Pit stops: Denny Hamlin, from nearby Chesterfield, has won the last two September races at the track. Five-time defending series champion Johnson swept the 2007 Richmond races and won at the track in September 2008.

Next race: Showtime Southern 500, May 7, Darlington Raceway, Darlington, S.C.



Event: Bubba Burger 250. Site: Richmond, Va.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 10:30 a.m.-noon), qualifying (Speed, 4-5:30 p.m.); race, 7:30 p.m. (Speed, 7-10:30 p.m.).

Track: Richmond International Raceway (oval, 0.75 miles).

Race distance: 187.5 miles, 250 laps.

Last week: Carl Edwards raced to his fourth Nationwide victory at Nashville Superspeedway, holding off Kyle Busch. Edwards also won this year at Texas.

Pit stops: Busch has four victories in eight races this year to push his career total to 47, two behind Mark Martin's series record. Busch has three series wins at Richmond. Kevin Harvick won the September race at the track for his fifth Richmond victory, matching Martin's series record.

Next race: Royal Purple 200, May 6, Darlington Raceway, Darlington, S.C.


Camping World Trucks

Next race: Lucas Oil 200, May 13, Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del.

Last week: Kyle Busch raced to his second series victory of the season, passing Ron Hornaday Jr. on a late restart at Nashville Superspeedway.



Event: Sao Paulo Indy 300. Site: Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Schedule: Saturday, practice, qualifying (Versus, 6-7 p.m.); Sunday, race, 12:20 p.m. (Versus, noon-3 p.m.).

Track: Streets of Sao Paulo (street course, 2.6 miles).

Race distance: 195 miles, 75 laps.

Last race: Mike Conway won at Long Beach on April 17 for his first IndyCar victory, taking the lead from Ryan Briscoe with 14 laps left. Conway was making his third start since a crash last year in the Indianapolis 500 left him with multiple leg fractures and a compression fracture in his back.

Pit stops: The race is the fourth of the season. Dario Franchitti won the opener in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Will Power took the second in Alabama. The 11-turn circuit features a nearly mile-long straightaway and runs through the Anhembi Sambadrome, a stadium-like venue that is the site of Carnival parades.

Next race: Indianapolis 500, May 29, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis.


NHRA Full Throttle

Event: O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals.

Site: Baytown, Texas.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2,

6-8 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 7-10 p.m.).

Track: Royal Purple Raceway.

Last event: Del Worsham edged Top Fuel teammate Larry Dixon by 0.0048 seconds -- about 6 inches -- on April 17 in the Four-Wide Nationals in Concord, N.C. Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) also won.

Next event: Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 13-15, Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga.


Formula One

Next race: Turkish Grand Prix, May 8, Istanbul Speed Park.


Western New York

Dunn Tire Raceway Park: IHRA Points Race, 6 p.m.

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