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Sprint Cup


Site: Homestead, Florida.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 11:30-1 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 5-6:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 11 a.m.-Noon; Fox Sports 2, 2-3 p.m.); Sunday, race, 2:15 p.m. (ESPN, Noon-6 p.m.).

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

Race distance: 400.5 miles, 267 laps.

Last year: Jimmie Johnson won his sixth season championship, finishing ninth in the finale to beat Matt Kenseth by 19 points. Denny Hamlin won the race.

Last week: Kevin Harvick won at Phoenix to earn an automatic spot in the four-man Sprint Cup championship finale. Hamlin, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman advanced through points. Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Kenseth and Carl Edwards dropped out.

Fast facts: The season title will be decided by finishing order among Harvick, Hamlin, Logano and Newman. All four are vying for their first championship. ... Harvick has four victories this year, his first in Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 Chevrolet. Logano has won five times this season in Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford. Hamlin has one win — the May race at Talladega — in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 11 Toyota. He also won the 2008 race at the track. Newman is winless in his first season in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 31 Chevrolet.




Site: Homestead, Florida.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 3-5 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Fox Sports 1, Noon-1:30 p.m.), race, 3:45 p.m. (ESPN2, 3-6:45 p.m.).

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

Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: Brad Keselowski won the season finale. Austin Dillon finished 12th to take the season title, three points ahead of Sam Hornish Jr.

Last week: Chase Elliott was fifth at Phoenix to become the youngest season champion in NASCAR’s three national series. The 18-year-old Elliott gave JR Motorsports — owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., his sister, Kelley, and Rick Hendrick — its first title. Keselowski won the race.

Fast facts: Kyle Busch has seven victories this year and a record 70 overall in the series. ... Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford tops the owners’ standings, 29 points ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota. Keselowski is driving the No. 22, and Busch is in the No. 54. Keselowski has five victories in 10 starts this season, winning his last two races and four of his last five. ... Matt Kenseth is driving Gibbs’ No. 20 car.


Camping World Truck


Site: Homestead, Florida.

Schedule: Thursday, practice; Friday, qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 1:30-3 p.m.), race, 7:18 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, 6:30-9:30 p.m.).

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

Race distance: 201 miles, 134 laps.

Last year: Kyle Busch won the season finale for his 12th victory of the year. Matt Crafton wrapped by the season championship by starting the race.

Last week: Erik Jones won at Phoenix when a power outage forced NASCAR to end the race with 24 laps left. He finished the season with three victories in 12 starts.

Fast facts: Kyle Busch Motorsports has a series-record 13 victories in 21 races this season. Busch has seven wins in the No. 51 Toyota he shares with Jones, and Darrell Wallace Jr. has three in the No. 54. Busch is driving the No. 51. ... Crafton was second at Phoenix to increase his points lead to 25 over Ryan Blaney. ... The No. 51 truck tops the owners’ standings, 18 points ahead of ThorSport’s No. 88 Toyota driven by Crafton.


Formula One

Next race: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Nov. 23, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Last week: Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg won the Brazilian Grand Prix to cut teammate Lewis Hamilton’s points lead to 17 with only the double-points Abu Dhabi race left. Hamilton finished second for Mercedes’ record 11th 1-2 finish. Mercedes also matched the team victory record of 15. Hamilton has 10 victories, and Rosberg five.


NHRA Mellow Yello Drag Racing

Auto Club NHRA Finals

Site: Pomona, California.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, Sunday, 2-4 a.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 6:30-9:30 p.m.).

Track: Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Last year: Jeg Coughlin won his fifth Pro Stock season title, joining John Force, Shawn Langdon and Matt Smith as champions. Matt Hagan won the Funny Car final, Rickie Jones topped the Pro Stock field, and Eddie Krawiec won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Last event: Erica Enders-Stevens won in Las Vegas on Nov. 2 to reclaim the Pro Stock points lead. She has five victories this year. Del Worsham topped the Funny Car field, Spencer Massey won in Top Fuel, and Andrew Hines in Pro Stock Motorcycle.