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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, April 1, 2010

This week's top auto races

Associated Press

Eastern times


Nashville 300

Site: Lebanon, Tenn.

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

Track: Nashville Superspeedway (oval, 1.333 miles).

Race distance: 300 miles, 225 laps.

Last year: Joey Logano raced to the second of his five 2009 series victories, holding off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Logano led a race-high 95 laps.

Last race: Justin Allgaier raced to his first NASCAR victory, beating Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski on May 20 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Allgaier and Keselowski gave Penske Racing its first 1-2 Nationwide finish.

Fast facts: Carl Edwards leads the season standings with 670 points, followed by Keselowski (644), Allgaier (639), Busch (594) and Kevin Harvick (569). ... Edwards has a series-high three victories at the track, winning in June 2006 and sweeping the 2007 races. ... Busch won the June race last year at the track.

Next race: Bashas' Supermarkets 200, April 9, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.

On the Net: http://www.nascar.com


Nashville 200

Site: Lebanon, Tenn.

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

Track: Nashville Superspeedway (oval, 1.333 miles).

Race distance: 200 miles, 150 laps.

Last year: Ron Hornaday Jr. raced to his record fifth straight series victory in the August event, holding off Brian Scott in a green-white-checker finish. Hornaday won six 2009 races for Kevin Harvick Inc. en route to his record fourth series title.

Last week: Kevin Harvick raced to his fourth straight series victory, pulling away from teammate Hornaday on a restart with 19 laps to go at Martinsville Speedway. Harvick has won six of his last 10 Trucks starts.

Fast facts: Harvick is making his third series start of the season. Fellow Sprint Cup drivers Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski also are racing. ... The 51-year-old Hornaday has a series-record 45 victories. ... Daytona winner Timothy Peters leads the series standings with 501 points. Aric Almirola is second with 442. ... The series will return to Nashville in August, the first time the track has had two races in a season.

Next race: O'Reilly Auto Parts 250. May 2, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.

On the Net: http://www.nascar.com


Next race: Subway Fresh Fit 600, April 10, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.

Last week: Denny Hamlin won the rain-delayed race at Martinsville Speedway on Monday, giving up the lead to take four tires, then rallying from ninth in a pair of two-lap sprints. Hamlin passed Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth and leader Jeff Gordon following the final restart for his third career victory at the track. Joey Logano, Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, was second.

On the Net: http://www.nascar.com


Malaysian Grand Prix

Site: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 2-3:30 a.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 4-5:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 4 a.m. (Speed, 3:30-6 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.).

Track: Sepang International Circuit (road course, 3.44 miles).

Race distance: 192.88 miles, 56 laps.

Last year: Jenson Button won the rain-shortened race for Brawn GP, the second of his six victories in the first seven races of the season. Button went on to win his first world championship. Nick Heidfeld was second for BMW Sauber.

Last week: Button won the Australian Grand Prix for McLaren, surviving a first-corner collision and successfully gambling on tire strategy. The first driver prepared to change from intermediate tires to slicks on a drying track, Button drove the final 52 laps on soft tires for his second straight victory at the track.

Fast facts: Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher is driving for Ross Brawn-led Mercedes GP following a three-year retirement. The 41-year-old German star was sixth in the season-opening race in Bahrain and 10th last week in Melbourne. He has a record 91 victories, three at Sepang International. ... Ferrari's Alonso Ferrari, the Bahrain winner, leads the season standings with 37 points. Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa is second with 33, followed by Button with 31. ... Lotus, backed by the Malaysian government and a consortium of businessmen, returned to F1 this season after a 16-year absence. It won 79 races and seven constructors' titles between 1958 and 1994.

Next race: Chinese Grand Prix, April 18, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai.

On the Net: http://www.formula1.com


Next race: Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, April 11, Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala.

Last week: Will Power won the rain-delayed Honda Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, Fla., to sweep the first two races of the season. Barely seven months after breaking his back in a crash, the Penske Racing star held off Justin Wilson to become the first driver to win the first two events of the season since Sam Hornish in 2001.

On the Net: http://www.indycar.com


Next event: O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals, April 9-11, Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, Texas.

Last week: John Force won the rain-delayed NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Concord, N.C., for his second Funny Car victory of the season and record 128th overall win. The 60-year-old Force beat daughter Ashley Force Hood, Ron Capps and Matt Hagan in the final in the NHRA's first four-wide event. Cory McClenathan (Top Fuel), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.

On the Net: http://www.nhra.com


U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Sprint Car, Coca-Cola Sprint Classic, Friday-Saturday, Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, Ohio. On the Net: http://www.usacracing.com