Event: Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race, Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
TV: Sprint Showdown, Friday, 7:15 p.m. and Sprint All-Star Race, Saturday, 9 p.m., Fox Sports 1.
Then and Now: Jamie McMurray is the defending winner of the Sprint All-Star Race. He led just over one-third (31) of the 90 laps in last year’s race. ... This year’s 31st running of the All-Star Race will be expanded from 90 to 110 total laps, across five segments. Jimmie Johnson has the most wins (2003, 2006, 2012, 2013), followed with three apiece by teammate Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997, 2001) and the late Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990, 1993). The only other multiple winners have been the late Davy Allison (1991, 1992), Terry Labonte (1988, 1999) and Mark Martin (1998, 2005). ... Three drivers will advance from Friday’s Sprint Showdown qualifying race for the All-Star Race – the top two finishers as well as the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote, an online balloting by fans.
Event: 3M 250, Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa.
TV: Sunday, 3 p.m., Fox Sports 1 .
Then and now: The .875-mile track will host its 11th Xfinity Series race. ... Brad Keselowski is the defending Xfinity winner at Iowa, where he owns three wins in that series in total, tying him with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ... Ty Dillon continues to lead the points standings with a nine-point edge over Chris Buescher and a 37-point margin over the third-place tie of Chase Elliott and Darrell Wallace Jr.
Camping World Truck
Event: North Carolina Education Lottery 200, Charlotte Motor Speedway.
TV: Friday, 8:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1.
Then and now: Kyle Busch won last year’s race with a dominating performance, leading all but four of the 134 laps. Matt Crafton was the runner-up, followed by Brad Keselowski. ... After just four races in the first three months, the Truck Series begins to move into high gear schedule-wise. Crafton is coming off a spectacular finish last Friday at Kansas, where three drivers ahead of him ran out of fuel, yet he was able to save just enough to reach the finish line first. ... Crafton, who is seeking an unprecedented third Truck championship in a row this season, remains the points leader with a 17-point lead over Tyler Reddick, an 18-point margin over rookie phenom Erik Jones and a 22-point spread over fourth-ranked Johnny Sauter.
Event: Indianapolis 500 qualifying weekend, Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Indianapolis, Ind.
Qualifying Schedule: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. (Positions 1-9 advance to the Fast 9). Sunday, 10:15-12:15 p.m. (qualifying for positions 10-33), 12:45-1:30 p.m. (Group 2/Bump Day qualifying), 2-2:45 p.m. (Fast 9 – qualifying for positions 1-9).
TV: Saturday, 4-6 p.m. and Sunday, 1-3 p.m., ABC.
Then and now: Ryan Hunter-Reay is the defending champion of the Indianapolis 500, the first time he has ever won the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. ... Helio Castroneves hopes to become the fourth three-time winner of the Indy 500, joining Al Unser, A.J. Foyt and Rick Mears. ... Ed Carpenter was the surprise winner of the pole for last year’s race, with James Hinchcliffe and Will Power also on the starting front row. ... Juan Pablo Montoya remains atop the IndyCar points standings. Montoya leads Will Power by five points and Helio Castroneves by 10 points. All three drivers are teammates on Team Penske.
Next Event: Grand Prix of Monaco, Sunday, May 24.
Last Week: Niko Rosberg won the Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, winning by more than 17 seconds over his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who had won three of the previous four races.
Western New York
Lancaster National: IHRA Drag Racing-Gasser Series, 7 p.m. Friday; Stock Car Season Opener, 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Holland Speedway: Pre-Season Open Practice, 6-8 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Ransomville Speedway: Street Stock Mechanics Race & Stock Cars, 7:15 p.m. Friday.
Freedom Motorsports Park: Weekly Stock Cars, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Merrittville Speedway: Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series, 7 p.m. Saturday; DIRT.car 358 Modified Super DIRT Series Brian Stevens 44, 7 p.m. Monday.
Humberstone Speedway: SOS Sprints John Puhl Memorial, 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Raceway 5: Dirt Track Stock Cars, 6 p.m. Saturday.
Stateline Speedway: Fan Appreciation Autograph Night, 7 p.m. Saturday.
Wyoming County: Season Opener, 7 p.m. Saturday.
Empire Dragway: Mom’s Open Invitational, 5 p.m. Saturday.