AUTO RACING: Auto Racing Glance
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NASCAR CUP SERIES
TOYOTA OWNER’S 400
Site: Richmond, Virginia.
Schedule: Friday, practice, 11:05 a.m. & 1:05 p.m., qualifying, 5:40 p.m., (FS1); Saturday, race, 7:30 p.m., FOX
Track: Richmond Raceway (oval, 0.75 miles).
Race distance: 300 miles, 400 laps.
Last year: Kyle Busch won after starting 32nd.
Last race: Busch won at Bristol.
Fast facts: Busch has won three of the last five Cup races. He has also finished on the podium six times already, and every one of his finishes has been in the top 10. … The crew chiefs for Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. were fined $10,000 each for lug nut violations after last week’s race at Bristol.
Next race: Geico 500, April 28, Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama.
Site: Richmond, Virginia.
Schedule: Friday, practice, 8:05 a.m., qualifying, 3:40 p.m. (FS1), race, 7 p.m., FS1.
Track: Richmond Raceway.
Race distance: 187.5 miles, 250 laps.
Last year: Christopher Bell won his first race of 2018.
Last race: Bell won for the second time this season.
Fast facts: Bell went on to win six more races after taking the spring event in Richmond a year ago. His two wins in 2019 came at Atlanta and Bristol. … Bell, Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer and Chase Briscoe are eligible for the Dash 4 Cash contest this weekend. … Reddick has a 13-point lead over Bell heading to Virginia. Reddick has five top-five finishes in seven starts.
Next race: MoneyLion 300, April 27, Talladega Superspeedway.
Last race: Kyle Busch won his fourth straight start in the series.
Next race: JEGS 200, May 3, Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware.
CHINESE GRAND PRIX
Schedule: Thursday, practice, 10 p.m. (ESPNEWS); Friday, practice, 2 a.m. (ESPN2), practice, 11 p.m. (ESPNEWS); Saturday, qualifying, 2 a.m. (ESPN2); Sunday, race, 2:10 a.m., ESPN2.
Track: Shanghai International Circuit (3.38 miles)
Race distance: 189.6 miles, 56 laps.
Last year: Daniel Ricciardo won his sixth career race.
Last race: Lewis Hamilton won his first race of 2019 in Bahrain.
Fast facts: The Shanghai track opened in 2004. Michael Schumacher set the lap record in that inaugural race at 1:32.238. … Hamilton and Valterri Bottas have won the season’s first two races and are 1-2 in the standings as a result. Bottas has 44 points and Hamilton has 43. … Bottas led 18 laps in China last year, but a bold move by Ricciardo forced the Finnish driver to settle for second.
Next race: Azerbaijan Grand Prix, April 28, Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan.
GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
Site: Long Beach, California.
Schedule: Friday, practice, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.; Saturday, practice, noon, qualifying, 3:10 p.m. (NBCSN); Sunday, race, 4 p.m., NBCSN.
Track: Long Beach Street Circuit (road, 1.968 miles)
Race distance: 167.28 miles, 85 laps.
Last year: Alexander Rossi won at Long Beach from the pole.
Last race: Takuma Sato won in Birmingham, Alabama.
Fast facts: The first three races this season have been won by drivers from three different outfits: Team Penske, Harding Steinbrenner Racing and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. … The top seven in the standings are also from seven different teams. … Team Penske has won seven of the last 10 poles at Long Beach. Rossi was the first pole sitter to win the race in 11 years last season.
Next race: IndyCar Grand Prix, May 11, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis.
NHRA DRAG RACING
Site: Baytown, Texas.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 4:30 p.m. & 7:15 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 2:30 p.m. & 5 p.m.; Sunday, finals, 3:45 p.m., FOX.
Track: Houston Raceway Park.
Last year: Brittany Force topped Top Fuel in Houston.
Last event: Mike Salinas won in Las Vegas.
Fast facts: Last year’s win at Baytown was the only one for Force in 2018 a year after she was Top Fuel world champion. … J.R. Todd won at Houston last year to help kick off a championship season in Funny Car. Todd had six victories in 2018. … Robert Hight, who has qualified first three times while winning twice, is the points leader in Funny Car.
Next race: Four Wide Nationals, April 26-28, zMax Dragway, Concord, North Carolina.
WORLD OF OUTLAWS
Friday, Jacksonville Speedway, Jacksonville, Illinois; Saturday, Tri-State Speedway, Haubstadt, Indiana.