- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Site: Talladega, Alabama.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 2:30-3:30 p.m., 4:30-5:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (ESPN, 4-5:30 p.m.); Sunday, race, 2 p.m. (ESPN, 1-6 p.m.).

Track: Talladega Superspeedway (oval, 2.66 miles).

Race distance: 500.08 miles, 188 laps.

Last year: Jamie McMurray won under caution after Austin Dillon lost control on the final lap.

Last week: Kevin Harvick won at Charlotte to earn a spot in the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Harvick has three victories this year.

Fast facts: The Chase field will be cut from 12 to eight after the race, the second-round finale and sixth event in the 10-race, four-round Chase. The championship field will be cut to four after the ninth race. Chase drivers get a spot in the next round with a victory. Points are reset after each round and the title will be decided by finishing order in the Nov. 16 finale at Homestead. … Kansas winner Joey Logano and Harvick have earned spots in the third round. Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are fighting for the final six spots, with Keselowski, Johnson and Earnhardt likely needing to win to advance. … NASCAR fined Keselowski $50,000 and Tony Stewart $25,000 on Tuesday for their roles in a post-race fracas at Charlotte. They also were placed on probation. … Hamlin won the May race at the track. … Gordon leads active drivers with six Talladega victories. … Earnhardt and Aric Almirola won the season races at sister-track Daytona. Earnhardt has five victories at Talladega, winning a record four straight from 2001-2003.

Next race: Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, Oct. 26, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Virginia.

Online: https://www.nascar.com



FRED’S 250

Site: Talladega, Alabama.

Schedule: Friday, practice, qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 5:30-7 p.m.); Saturday, race, 1 p.m. (Fox, 12:30-3 p.m.).

Track: Talladega Superspeedway (oval, 2.66 miles).

Race distance: 250.04 miles, 94 laps.

Last year: Johnny Sauter completed a Daytona-Talladega sweep for the last of his three 2013 victories, escaping a huge crash on the final turn.

Last race: Erik Jones won at Las Vegas on Sept. 27 for his second victory of the year, holding off Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Darrell Wallace Jr.

Fast facts: Jones is making his 10th start of the season in Busch’s No. 51 Toyota. Busch drove the truck to victory in the season-opening race at Daytona, Talladega’s sister track. … Defending series champion Matt Crafton leads the standings, 19 points ahead of ThorSport teammate Sauter with five races left.

Next race: Kroger 200, Oct. 25, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Virginia.

Online: https://www.nascar.com



Next race: O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Nov. 1, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.

Last week: Brad Keselowski won at Charlotte for his fourth victory in nine starts this year and 31st overall series win.

Online: https://www.nascar.com



Next race: U.S. Grand Prix, Nov. 2, Circuit of The Americas, Austin, Texas.

Last week: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix for his fourth straight victory and ninth of the season. Teammate Nico Rosberg was second and Mercedes wrapped up its first constructors title. Hamilton has a 17-point lead over Rosberg with three races left.

Online: https://www.formula1.com



Next event: NHRA Toyota Nationals, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.

Last event: Matt Hagan won the NHRA Nationals on Oct. 5 in Mohnton, Pennsylvania, to take the Funny Car points lead. Hagan raced to his third victory of the season and second in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Tony Schumacher won in Top Fuel, Rodger Brogdon in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Online: https://www.nhra.com



WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Saturday, Fremont Speedway, Fremont, Ohio. Super DirtCar: Saturday, Brockville Ontario Speedway, Brockville, Ontario. Online: https://www.worldofoutlaws.com

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