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NASCAR Sprint Cup

Event: Southern 500

Site: Darlington, S.C.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 5-6:30 p.m.); Saturday, race, 7 p.m. (Ch. 29, 6:30-11 p.m.).

Track: Darlington Raceway (oval, 1.366 miles).

Race distance: 501.3 miles, 367 laps.

Last year: Regan Smith raced to his first Sprint Cup victory, holding off Carl Edwards in a green-white-checker finish. Kyle Busch tangled with Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer to set up the overtime finish.

Last week: Brad Keselowski won at Talladega, getting a push from Busch to take the lead with a lap to go, then holding on for the victory.

Pit stops: Danica Patrick is making her second Cup start, driving the Stewart-Haas Racing-prepared No. 10 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing. She was 38th in her series debut at Daytona in February. In 2010, Denny Hamlin became the first driver in 17 years to complete a Nationwide-Sprint Cup sweep at the track. Hendrick Motorsports, stuck on 199 Cup victories, is winless in 16 races. Hendrick's Jeff Gordon has seven Darlington wins, the last in 2007. Greg Biffle leads the season standings, seven points ahead of Matt Kenseth. David Pearson holds the track record with 10 Cup wins, one more than Dale Earnhardt.

Next race: All-Star Race, May 19, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.




Event: VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200

Site: Darlington, S.C.

Schedule: Friday, practice, qualifying (ESPN2,

3:30-4:30 p.m.); race, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN2, 6:30-9:30 p.m.).

Track: Darlington Raceway (oval, 1.366 miles).

Race distance: 200.8 miles, 147 laps.

Last year: Kyle Busch raced to his first Darlington

Nationwide victory, edging teammate Denny Hamlin.

Last week: Joey Logano won at Talladega, nipping Busch at the finish line to give Toyota its 200th NASCAR victory.

Pit stops: Defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. tops the season standings, five points ahead of Elliott Sadler. Stenhouse and Sadler each have two victories this season. Eric McClure was released from an Alabama hospital Monday, two days after he was injured in a crash at Talladega. McClure had a concussion and internal bruising. Sprint Cup drivers Hamlin, Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch are racing. Action sports star Travis Pastrana also is driving.

Next race: Pioneer Hi-Bred 250, May 20, Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa.



Camping World Truck

Next race: N.C. Education Lottery 200, May 18, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

Last race: James Buescher won at Kansas Speedway on April 21, passing Brad Keselowski with 10 laps left and pulling away for his first series victory.



Formula One

Event: Spanish Grand Prix

Site: Barcelona, Spain.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 8-9:30 a.m.);

Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 8-9:30 a.m.);

Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (Speed, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).

Track: Circuit de Catalunya (road course, 2.89 miles).

Race distance: 190.8 miles, 66 laps.

Last year: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel raced to the fourth of his 11 2011 victories en route to his second straight season title. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was second.

Last race: Vettel won in Bahrain on April 22 for his first victory of the year. The German star leads the season standings with 53 points, four more than Hamilton.

Pit stops: The race is the fifth of the season. McLaren's Jenson Button won the opener in Australia, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso took the Malaysia race, and Mercedes' Nico Rosberg won in China. Caterham test driver Alexander Rossi will become the first American to participate in a Grand Prix weekend in almost five years when he replaces Heikki Kovalainen in the opening practice session. The 20-year-old Californian is competing in Formula Renault 3.5 with Arden Caterham.

Next race: Monaco Grand Prix, May 27, Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco.




Next race: Indianapolis 500, May 27, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis.

Last race: Will Power raced to his third straight victory of the year and third in a row in the Sao Paulo 300 on April 29.


NHRA Full Throttle

Next event: NHRA Summernationals, May 18-20, Heartland Park Topeka, Topeka, Kan.

Last week: Ron Capps won the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway to end John Force Racing's season-opening Funny Car winning streak at six.



Western New York

Dunn Tire Raceway Park -- IHRA Drag Racing, Friday, 7 p.m.; Stock Car Season Opener John Freundschuh Late Model 50, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Holland -- Pre-Season Practice, Saturday, 1-5 p.m.

Ransomville Speedway -- Stock Cars, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Raceway 5 -- Season Opener, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Merrittville Speedway -- King of The Crates

Sportsman 40, Saturday, 7 p.m.

New Humberstone -- New Humberstone Weekly Series, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Wyoming County -- Meet The Drivers Season Opener, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Stateline Speedway -- $3,000-to-win ULMS Series, Saturday, 7 p.m.