AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 27, 2014 at 12:33 pm •  Published: August 27, 2014
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VERIZON INDYCAR

MAVTV 500

Site: Fontana, California

Schedule: Friday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 7-8 p.m.); Saturday, race, 10:20 p.m. (NBC Sports Network, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.).

Track: Auto Club Speedway (oval, 2.0 miles).

Race distance: 500 miles, 250 laps.

Last year: Team Penske's Will Power won the season finale, and Target Chip Ganassi's Scott Dixon finished fifth for his third season title.

Last week: Dixon won on the road course at Sonoma. The New Zealander won for the second time this season to tie Bobby Unser for fifth place on the career victory list with 35.

Fast facts: Power leads the season standings, 51 points ahead of teammate Helio Castroneves. No matter where Castroneves or the other contenders finish, Power would win the title with a sixth-place finish or better. Power failed to win the championship after taking the lead into the 2010, 2011 and 2012 finales. The Australian has three victories this season, winning on road courses at St. Petersburg and Detroit and the oval at Milwaukee. ... The race is the third 500-mile oval event this season. Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Indianapolis 500 in May, and Penske's Juan Pablo Montoya took the Pocono race in July.

Online: http://www.indycar.com

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NASCAR

SPRINT CUP

ORAL-B USA 500

Site: Hampton, Georgia

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 2:30-4 p.m.), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 7-8:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 2, 3-4 p.m., 6-7 p.m.); Sunday, race, 8 p.m. (ESPN, 7-11:30 p.m.).

Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway (oval, 1.54 miles).

Race distance: 500.5 miles, 325 laps.

Last year: Kyle Busch raced to the last of his four 2013 victories.

Last week: Joey Logano won at Bristol for his third victory of year, holding off Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski.

Fast facts: Race winners get first priority for the 16-driver Chase as long as they are in the top 30 in the standings and attempted to qualify for every race. With two regular-season races left, Logano, Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson top the series with three victories. Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards each have two wins, and Busch, Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin also have won. Gordon leads the standings, 27 points ahead of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Earnhardt. ... The track had two Cup races a year from its opening in 1960 to 2010. Speedway Motorsports Inc. shifted one of the races to Kentucky Speedway.

Next race: Federated Auto Parts 400, Sept. 6, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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NATIONWIDE

GREAT CLIPS 300

Site: Hampton, Georgia

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 4-7 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Fox Sports 2, 4-5:30 p.m.), race, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2, 7-10:30 p.m.).

Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway (oval, 1.54 miles).

Race distance: 300.3 miles, 195 laps.

Last year: Kevin Harvick held off fellow Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch.

Last week: Ryan Blaney won at Bristol, bolting past Busch on a late restart.

Fast facts: Busch has three victories in 17 starts this year to extend his series-record victory total to 66. Busch and Harvick are racing along with fellow Cup drivers Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano. ... Chase Elliott leads the standings, 13 points ahead of JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith. Elliott has three victories this season, winning at Texas and Darlington in consecutive weeks in April and at Chicagoland in July.

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