Auto racing for Sept. 10-13, 2015

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Associated Press
September 10, 2015



Site: Richmond, Virginia. 

Schedule: Friday, practice (NBC Sports Network, 9-11 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m.), qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 4:30-6 p.m.); Saturday, race, 6:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network, 6-10:30 p.m.). 

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

Race distance: 300 miles, 400 laps. 

Last year: Brad Keselowski raced to the fourth of his six 2014 victories. 

Last week: Carl Edwards won the Southern 500 at Darlington for his second victory in his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing. 

Fast facts: The 16-driver Chase field will be set after the regular-season finale. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch, tied for the series victory lead at four, have clinched spots along with Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Edwards, Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin. Jamie McMurray needs only to start to earn a position, and Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Paul Menard are in the best positions to wrap up spots without winning. Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola and Kasey Kahne also can clinch without winning but would need help. Greg Biffle, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, AJ Almendinger, Casey Mears, Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart, David Ragan, Sam Hornish Jr., Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Justin Allgaier would get in with a win, and Cole Whitt and David Gilliland would have to win and get help to advance. ... Gordon is making his final Richmond start before retiring at end of the season. He has two victories at the track. ... Kurt Busch won the April race at the track. 

Next race: myAFibRisk.com 400, Sept. 20, Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois.




Site: Richmond, Virginia. 

Schedule: Thursday, practice (NBC Sports Network, 1:30-3 p.m., 4-5 p.m.); Friday, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 2:30-4 p.m.), race, 6:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network, 6-9 p.m.). 

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

Race distance: 187.5 miles, 250 laps. 

Last year: Kyle Busch led all 250 laps for the fourth of his seven 2014 series victories. 

Last week: Denny Hamlin won at Darlington to lead Joe Gibbs Racing’s sweep of the top three spots. Busch was second, and Daniel Suarez third. 

Fast facts: Busch is making his eighth series start of the season. The five-time Richmond winner has three victories this year and a series-record 73 overall. ... Erik Jones is driving Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota. He has two victories this year and has won twice in the Truck Series. ... Joe Logano is racing. He leads the series with four victories. ... Hamlin is skipping the race. He won in April on his hometown track. ... Chris Buescher leads the standings, 29 points ahead of Ty Dillon. 

Next race: Furious 7 300, Sept. 19, Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois.



Next race: American Ethanol E15 225, Sept. 18, Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois. 

Last race: Erik Jones won the road race in Bowmanville, Ontario, on Aug. 30 to take the points lead. The 19-year-old Jones also won at Iowa and has two Xfinity victories this year.



Next race: Singapore Grand Prix, Sept. 20, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore. 

Last week: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza for his seventh victory in the first 12 races. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was second.



Next event: NHRA Carolina Nationals, Sept. 18-20, zMAX Dragway, Concord, North Carolina. 

Last week: Jack Beckman won the regular-season ending U.S. Nationals in Brownsburg, Indiana, for his sixth Funny Car victory of the season. Morgan Lucas won in Top Fuel, Erica Enders in Pro Stock, and Jerry Savoie in Pro Stock Motorcycle. 


WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Friday-Sunday, Silver Dollar Speedway, Chico, California; Sunday, Antioch Speedway, Antioch, California. Super DirtCar: Friday, Autodrome Granby, Granby, Quebec.

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