Auto racing for Oct. 2-4, 2015

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Associated Press
October 1, 2015


AAA 400 

Site: Dover, Delaware. 

Schedule: Friday, practice (NBC Sports Channel, 10-11:30 a.m.), qualifying (NBC Sports Channel, 2:30-4 p.m.); Saturday, practice (CNBC, 10-11 a.m.; NBC Sports Channel, 1-2 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Channel, 1-5:30 p.m.). 

Track: Dover International Speedway (oval, 1.0 miles). 

Race distance: 400 miles, 400 laps. 

Last year: Jeff Gordon raced to his fourth 2014 victory and the last of 92 career wins. He’s retiring at the end of the season. 

Last week: Matt Kenseth won at New Hampshire to earn a spot in the second round of the Chase. He took the lead after leader Kevin Harvick ran out of gas. 

Fast facts: The race is the third in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. The 16-man Chase field will be cut to 12 after the event, to eight after the sixth race and to four after the ninth. Points will be reset after each round and the championship will be decided by finishing order in the Nov. 22 finale at Homestead. Kenseth and Chicagoland winner Denny Hamlin have locked up spots in the second round. The winner Sunday will get a spot and the other nine positions will be determined by the standings. Kenseth leads the standings, six points ahead of Hamlin. Carl Edwards and Joey Logano are 10 points behind Kenseth, followed by Jimmie Johnson (-16), Ryan Newman (-25), Kurt Busch (-26), Brad Keselowski (-27), Martin Truex Jr. (-28), Gordon (-31), Jamie McMurray (-41), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-42), Kyle Busch (-43), Paul Menard (-43), defending champion Harvick (-65) and Clint Bowyer (-81). ... Johnson won the May race at Dover to become the fifth driver with 10 or more Sprint Cup victories at a track. 

Next race: Bank of America 500, Oct. 10, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina.




Site: Dover, Delaware. 

Schedule: Friday, practice (NBC Sports Channel, 12:30-2:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Friday, practice (NBC Sports Channel, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), race, 2:30 p.m. (Friday, practice (NBC Sports Channel, 2-4:30 p.m.). 

Track: Dover International Speedway (oval, 1.0 miles). 

Race distance: 200 miles, 200 laps. 

Last year: Kyle Busch raced to the fifth of his seven 2014 victories. 

Last week: Ryan Blaney won at Kentucky Speedway for his second victory of the year. 

Fast facts: Busch is making his 10th start of the season in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota. The five-time Dover winner has four victories this year and a series-record 74 overall. Fellow Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin is driving JGR’s No. 20 car. He has three victories in 10 starts this season. ... Chris Buescher leads the standings, 19 points ahead of Ty Dillon and 25 in front of defending champion Chase Elliott. Buescher won the May race at the track. 

Next race: Drive for the Cure 300, Oct. 9, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina.




Site: Las Vegas. 

Schedule: Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 2, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.), qualifying (Fox Sports 2, 6-7:30 p.m.), race, 9:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, 9-11:30 p.m.). 

Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles). 

Race distance: 219 miles, 146 laps. 

Last year: Erik Jones held off Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. 

Last week: Sprint Car driver Austin Dillon won at New Hampshire. 

Fast facts: The 19-year-old Jones leads the standings, seven points ahead of two-time defending series champion Matt Crafton. Jones has two victories this year and has won twice in the Xfinity Series. Crafton has a series-high four victories. 

Next race: Fred’s 250, Oct. 24, Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama.




Site: Mohnton, Pennsylvania. 

Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, Sunday, 5-6:30 a.m., 2-3:30 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 7-10 p.m.). 

Track: Maple Grove Raceway. 

Last year: Matt Hagan raced to the third of his four 2014 Funny Car victories en route to the season championship. Tony Schumacher won in Top Fuel and also went on to take the season title. Rodger Brogdon won in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle. 

Last week: Antron Brown won the Midwest Nationals at Gateway for his second straight Countdown victory and sixth of the season. Del Worsham topped the Funny Car field for his second Countdown victory, Drew Skillman won in Pro Stock, and Hector Arana Jr. in Pro Stock Motorcycle. 

Fast facts: The event is the third in the six-race Countdown playoffs. The top 10 in each class qualified for the playoffs. Brown leads the Top Fuel standings, 77 points ahead of Schumacher. Worsham has a 90-point lead over Hagan in Funny Car. Erica Enders tops the Pro Stock standings and Greg Anderson leads in Pro Stock Motorcycle in their season title defenses. 

Next event: AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, Oct. 16-18, Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas.



Next race: Russian Grand Prix, Oct. 11, Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. 

Last week: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix for his eighth victory in the first 14 races.


TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP: Petit Le Mans, Saturday (Fox Sports 2, 11 a.m.-noon, 2:30-7 p.m., 8:30-9:30 p.m.), Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia.


WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: National Open, Thursday-Saturday, Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.


U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Sprint Car: Fall Nationals, Saturday, Lawrenceburg Speedway, Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

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