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AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance

Wednesday - 5/8/2013, 12:58pm  ET

The Associated Press

All Times EDT

NASCAR

SOUTHERN 500

Site: Darlington, S.C.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 5-6:30 p.m.); Saturday, race, 6:45 p.m. (FOX, 6:30-10:30 p.m.).

Track: Darlington Raceway (oval, 1.366 miles).

Race distance: 501.3 miles, 367 laps.

Last year: Jimmie Johnson gave Hendrick Motorsports its 200th Sprint Cup victory, breaking free on a restart with three laps left. Denny Hamlin was second.

Last week: David Ragan won the rain-delayed race at Talladega, hooking up with Front Row Motorsports teammate David Gilliland in a two-lap overtime sprint. Gilliland was second.

Fast facts: Hamlin is attempting to complete his first race since fracturing a vertebra at Fontana in a last-lap wreck. He sat out four races and turned over the No. 11 Toyota to Brian Vickers during the first caution at Talladega. ... Jeff Gordon is making his 700th Cup start. He has seven Darlington wins, the last in 2007. ... Johnson leads the season standings, 43 points ahead of Carl Edwards. ... Johnny Mantz won the inaugural race at the egg-shaped track in 1950. ... David Pearson holds the track record with 10 victories, one more than Dale Earnhardt.

Next race: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, May 18, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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NATIONWIDE

VFW SPORT CLIPS HELP A HERO 200

Site: Darlington, S.C.

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

Track: Darlington Raceway (oval, 1.366 miles).

Race distance: 200.8 miles, 147 laps.

Last year: Joey Logano wrecked leader Elliott Sadler with five laps left, then broke free during a green-white-checkered finish for the third of his nine 2012 series victories.

Last week: Regan Smith won at Talladega in a race shortened 10 laps to beat darkness after a long rain delay. Logano was second.

Fast facts: Logano is racing along with fellow Sprint Cup drivers Kyle Busch and

Matt Kenseth. Busch has four victories in seven races this year to push his series-record victory total to 55. ... Smith leads the season standings, 27 points ahead of Sam Hornish Jr. ... Joe Nemechek is making his 400th series start.

Next race: History 300, May, 25, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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CAMPING WORLD TRUCK

Next race: North Carolina Education Lottery 200, May 17, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

Last race: Matt Crafton won at Kansas Speedway on April 20 for his third series victory. Joey Coulter was second.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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FORMULA ONE

SPANISH GRAND PRIX

Site: Barcelona, Spain.

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 a.m., 2-5 p.m.).

Track: Circuit de Catalunya (road course, 2.89 miles).

Race distance: 190.8 miles, 66 laps.

Last year: Pastor Maldonado held off Fernando Alonso, giving Williams its first F1 victory in eight years. The celebration quickly gave way to concern when a fire in the team garage left more than 30 people injured.

Last race: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix on April 21.

Fast facts: Three-time defending series champion Vettel leads the season standings, 10 points ahead of Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen. ... The race is the fifth of the season. Raikkonen won the opener in Australia, Vettel topped the field in Malaysia after he ignored team orders and overtook teammate Mark Webber for the lead, and Ferrari's Alonso won in China. ... Alonso is the lone Spanish champion in event history, winning in 2006.

Next race: Monaco Grand Prix, May 26, Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Online: http://www.formula1.com

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NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING

NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS

Site: Commerce, Ga.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying (ESPN2, 10-11 a.m.); Saturday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8-11 p.m.).

Track: Atlanta Dragway.

Last year: Ron Capps ended John Force Racing's season-opening Funny Car winning streak at six. Steve Torrence won in Top Fuel division, Greg Anderson topped the Pro Stock class, and Eddie Krawiec won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Last event: Cruz Pedregon raced to his second Funny Car victory of the year, beating Tim Wilkerson on April 28 in Baytown, Texas. Bob Vandergriff Jr. won in Top Fuel, Jason Line topped the Pro Stock field, and Hector Arana Jr. won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Fast facts: The event was postponed last week because of rain. ... Seven-time season champion Tony Schumacher leads the Top Fuel standings, 70 points ahead of defending series champion Antron Brown. Schumacher has two victories in six events year. ... Pedregon tops the Funny Car standings, 37 points in front of Matt Hagan.

Next event: NHRA Kansas Nationals, May 17-19, Heartland Park Topeka, Topeka, Kan.

Online: http://www.nhra.com

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IZOD INDYCAR

Next race: Indianapolis 500, May 26, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis.

Last week: Andretti Autosport's James Hinchcliffe won the Sao Paulo 300 for his second victory of the year, passing Takuma Sato on the final turn. The Canadian also won the opener at St. Petersburg, Fla.

Online: http://www.indycar.com

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OTHER RACES

AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES: American Le Mans Monterey, Saturday (ESPN2, Sunday, 4-6 p.m.), Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif. Online: http://www.alms.com

WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Friday, Elko Speedway Elko, Minn.; Saturday, Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, Iowa. Late Models: Friday, I-30 Speedway, Little Rock, Ark.; Saturday, Whynot Motorsports Park, Meridian, Miss. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com

U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Sprint Car: Saturday, Tri-State Speedway, Haubstadt, Ind. Online: http://www.usacracing.com


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