AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm •  Published: September 17, 2014
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NASCAR

SPRINT CUP

SYLVANIA 300

Site: Loudon, New Hampshire.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, noon-1:30 p.m.), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 4:30-6 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 9-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.); Sunday, race, 2 p.m. (ESPN, 1-5:30 p.m.).

Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (oval, 1.058 miles).

Race distance: 318.46 miles, 300 laps.

Last year: Matt Kenseth raced to the last of his seven 2013 victories, holding off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch.

Last week: Brad Keselowski won the Chase opener at Chicagoland to earn a spot in the second round. He has won consecutive races and leads the series with five victories.

Fast facts: The race is the second in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. The 16-man Chase field will be cut to 12 after the third race, to eight after the sixth and to four after the ninth. Championship-eligible drivers will get a spot in the next round with a victory. Points will be reset after each round and the championship will be decided by finishing order in the Nov. 16 finale at Homestead. ... Keselowski swept the Cup and Nationwide races at the track in July.

Next race: AAA 400, Sept. 28, Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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NATIONWIDE

VISITMYRTLEBEACH.COM 300

Site: Sparta, Kentucky.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying, race, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN, 7-10 p.m.).

Track: Kentucky Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).

Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: Truck Series driver Ryan Blaney raced to his first Nationwide victory.

Last week: Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick won at Chicagoland for his fourth series victory of the year.

Fast facts: Chase Elliott leads the standings, 18 points ahead of JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith. Elliott has three victories this season. ... Sam Hornish Jr. is driving Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 54 Toyota. He won in the car at Iowa in May. ... Harvick won the June race at the track.

Next race: NASCAR Nationwide Series, Sept. 27, Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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CAMPING WORLD TRUCK

UNOH 175

Site: Loudon, New Hampshire.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m., 3-4:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 10-11:30 a.m.), race, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, 12:30-3:30 p.m.).

Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (oval, 1.058 miles).

Race distance: 185.15 miles, 175 laps.

Last year: No race. In 2011, Kyle Busch raced to his third straight victory at the track.

Last week: Busch won the rain-delayed race at Chicagoland for his sixth victory in eight starts this season. He has 41 series victories in 123 career starts.

Fast facts: Busch is skipping the race. Erik Jones is driving Kyle Busch Motorsports' No. 51 Toyota. He won in Iowa in July. ... Defending series champion Matt Crafton was second last week to take the season lead, five points ahead of ThorSport teammate Johnny Sauter.

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