- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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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.

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