- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Site: Richmond, Virginia.

Schedule: Friday, practice (ESPN2, 1-2:30 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 5:30-7 p.m.); Saturday, race, 8 p.m. (ABC, 7-11 p.m.).

Track: Richmond International Raceway (oval, 0.75 miles).

Race distance: 300 miles, 400 laps.

Last year: Carl Edwards won the regular-season finale, taking the lead after Michael Waltrip Racing’s Clint Bowyer spun to force a caution period. MWR was fined $300,000 and general manager Ty Norris was suspended for manipulating the outcome.

Last week: Kasey Kahne won at Atlanta to wrap up a Chase position with his first victory of the season. Matt Kenseth was second to clinch a Chase spot through the season standings. Tony Stewart was 41st after an accident in his first start since striking and killing a driver in a dirt event in upstate New York.

Fast facts: Nineteen racers are fighting for two spots in the 16-driver Chase. Ryan Newman (ninth in the standings), Greg Biffle (10th), Bowyer (12th) and Kyle Larson (13th) each has a chance to get in without a victory. Stewart, Paul Menard, Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray, Brian Vickers, Marcos Ambrose, Casey Mears, Martin Truex Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, David Gilliland, David Ragan and Cole Whitt need to win the race to qualify. … Kahne, Edwards, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola and Denny Hamlin are in the Chase as race winners, and Kenseth has secured a spot through points. Points leader Gordon, Earnhardt, Johnson, Logano and Keselowski top the series with three victories. Harvick and Edwards each have two wins. … Logano won the April race at the track. … Hamlin is from nearby Chesterfield.

Next race: MyAfibStory.com 400, Sept. 14, Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois.

Online: https://www.nascar.com




Site: Richmond, Virginia.

Schedule: Thursday, practice; Friday, qualifying (ESPN2, 3:30-5 p.m.), race, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2, 7-10 p.m.).

Track: Richmond International Raceway (oval, 0.75 miles).

Race distance: 187.5 miles, 250 laps.

Last year: Brad Keselowski raced to the fifth of his seven 2013 victories.

Last week: Kevin Harvick won at Atlanta for his third series win of the season and 43rd overall. He led the final 159 laps.

Fast facts: Kyle Busch has three victories this year to extend his series-record victory total to 66. … Harvick won the April race at the track for his record-extending seventh Richmond series victory. … Chase Elliott leads the standings, 15 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.

Next race: Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300, Sept. 13, Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois.

Online: https://www.nascar.com



Next race: Lucas Oil 225, Sept. 12, Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois.

Last week: Ryan Blaney won the road race in Bowmanville, Ontario, for his first victory of the season. He passed German Quiroga on the final turn.

Online: https://www.nascar.com




Site: Monza, Italy.

Schedule: Friday, practice (NBC Sports Network, 8-9:30 a.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 8-9:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (NBC Sports Network, 7:30-10:30 p.m., 3-6 p.m.).

Track: Autodromo Nazionale di Monza (road course, 3.6 miles).

Race distance: 190.8 miles, 53 laps.

Last year: Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel raced to the sixth of his 13 2013 victories en route to his fourth straight season title. He’s winless this season.

Last race: Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo won the Belgian Grand Prix on Aug. 24 for his third victory of the season. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg was second to increase his season lead.

Fast facts: Rosberg has a 29-point lead over teammate Lewis Hamilton after 12 of 19 races. Rosberg has four victories, and Hamilton five. Ricciardo is third in the standings, 64 points behind Rosberg. … Ricciardo’s victory in Belgium was Red Bull’s 50th in F1.

Next race: Singapore Grand Prix, Sept. 21, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore.

Online: https://www.formula1.com



Next event: NHRA Carolina Nationals, Sept. 12-14, zMAX Dragway, Concord, North Carolina.

Last week: Alexis DeJoria beat John Force in the U.S. Nationals in Clermont, Indiana, to became the first female Funny Car driver to win three times in a season. Richie Crampton won the Top Fuel final in the regular-season finale. Shane Gray topped the Pro Stock field, and Eddie Krawiec won in Pro Stock Motorcycle. In the rained-delayed Brainerd, Minnesota, finals, Ron Capps won in Funny Car, and Jason Line topped the Pro Stock field.

Online: https://www.nhra.com



U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Silver Crown: Tony Bettenhausen 100, Sunday, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Illinois. Online: https://www.usacracing.com

WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Friday-Saturday, Silver Dollar Speedway, Chico, California; Sunday, Antioch Speedway, Antioch, California. Super DirtCar: Saturday, Autodrome Granby, Granby, Quebec. Online: https://www.worldofoutlaws.com

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