AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance

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Associated Press

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

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NASCAR

SPRINT CUP

FORD ECOBOOST 400

Site: Homestead, Fla.

Schedule: Friday, practice (ESPN2, 1:30-3 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 6-7:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 3-4 p.m.); Sunday, race, 3 p.m. (ESPN, 1:30-7 p.m.).

Track: Homestead-Miami Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).

Race distance: 400.5 miles, 267 laps.

Last year: Tony Stewart won his third series championship, holding off Carl Edwards in the season-ending race. Stewart and Edwards tied in the final standings, and Stewart took the championship based on his five victories — all in the 10-race Chase.

Last week: Brad Keselowski moved to the brink of his first Sprint Cup title, opening a 20-point lead over Jimmie Johnson with a sixth-place finish at Phoenix. Johnson was 32nd after a crash. Kevin Harvick won, and the crews for Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer brawled in the garage after Gordon intentionally wrecked Bowyer.

Fast facts: To win the championship, Keselowski needs only to finish 15th or better, 16th or better if he leads at least one lap, or 17th or better if he leads the most laps. ... Keselowski is trying to give team owner Roger Penske his first Cup title, and Dodge its first championship since 1975. Dodge is leaving the series after the race. ... Gordon was fined $100,000 and penalized 25 points Monday, and Rick Hendrick was docked 25 owner points. Keselowski was fined $25,000 for having an electronic device inside his car, a phone he used to tweet during the red-flag period caused by Gordon.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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NATIONWIDE

FORD ECOBOOST 300

Site: Homestead, Fla.

Schedule: Friday, practice (ESPN2, 3-4:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.), race, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN, 4-7:45 p.m.).

Track: Homestead-Miami Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).

Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the series championship, finishing second behind Brad Keselowski in the season-ending race.

Last week: Joey Logano won at Phoenix for his series-leading ninth victory of the year, and Stenhouse finished third to take a 20-point lead over Elliott Sadler in the season standings.

Fast facts: To wrap up the title, Stenhouse needs only to finish 16th or better, 17th or better with at least one lap led, or 18th or better with the most laps led. Stenhouse has six victories this season. ... Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 Toyota leads the owner standings. ... Kyle Busch, the Nationwide career victory leader with 51, is winless this year after winning at least one race in eight straight seasons.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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CAMPING WORLD TRUCK

FORD ECOBOOST 400

Site: Homestead, Fla.

Schedule: Friday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 4:30-6 p.m.), race, 8 p.m. (Speed, 7:30-10:30 p.m.).

Track: Homestead-Miami Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).

Race distance: 201 miles, 134 laps.

Last year: Austin Dillon won the series championship, finishing 10th in the season finale. Johnny Sauter won the rain-shortened race, holding off Denny Hamlin just before the final caution.

Last week: Brian Scott won at Phoenix. Series leader James Buescher finished 17th, leaving him 11 points ahead of Timothy Peters and 12 ahead of Ty Dillon.

Fast facts: To win the championship, Buescher needs only to finish seventh or better, eighth or better with one or more laps led, or ninth or better with the most laps led. ... A record 15 drivers have won this season. ... Kyle Busch is winless this season. He has a seven-season winning streak in the series.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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FORMULA ONE

U.S. GRAND PRIX

Site: Austin, Texas.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 10-11:30 a.m., 2-3:30 p.m.), Saturday, practice (Speed, 10-11 a.m.), qualifying (Speed, 1-2:30 p.m.); Sunday, race, 2 p.m. (Speed, 1:30-4 p.m.).

Track: Circuit of The Americas (road course, 3.427 miles).

Race distance: 191.94 miles, 56 laps.

Last year: Inaugural race.

Last race: Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen won the crash-filled Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Nov. 4. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was second, and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel third.

Fast facts: Two-time defending series champion Vettel has a 10-point lead over Alonso with two races left. Vettel leads the series with five victories. ... The race is F1's first in the United States since 2007 at Indianapolis. The 20-turn track is the series' 10th U.S. venue and the first built specifically for F1.

Next race: Brazilian Grand Prix, Nov. 25, Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Sao Paulo.

Online: http://www.formula1.com

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