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AUTO RACING: Celebrated weekend for 3 top racing series

AUTO RACING: Celebrated weekend for 3 top racing series
Ryan Blaney (12) celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR All-Star auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)

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Ryan Blaney (12) celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR All-Star auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)

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Ryan Blaney (12) celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR All-Star auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)

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NASCAR CUP SERIES

Coca-Cola 600

Location: Concord, North Carolina.

Schedule: Saturday, practice, 7 p.m. and qualifying, 7:45 p.m.; Sunday, competition, 6 p.m. (FOX).

Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Race distance: 400 laps, 600 miles.

Last year: Kyle Larson won from the pole.

Final Race: Ryan Blaney Denny Hamlin defeated Denny Hamlin by 0.226 seconds in overtime to win the non-point all-star race in Texas.

Fast facts: Blaney is the only driver in the top five with points without a win in races that affect the season’s standings. … Chase Elliott leads Blaney by 52 points in the standings. Kyle Busch is third, 58 behind. … There have been 11 different winners in 13 races. William Byron and Ross Chastain, fourth and fifth in points respectively, are the only drivers to have more than one win. … This Sunday’s game starts the second half of the regular season.

Next race: June 5, Madison, Illinois.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

Alsco Uniforms 300

Location: Concord, North Carolina.

Schedule: Friday, practice, 3:30 PM and qualifying, 4:00 PM; Saturday, match, 1 p.m. (FS1).

Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Race distance: 200 laps, 300 miles.

Last year: Ty Gibbs won after starting eighth.

Final Race: Tyler Reddick went from third to first with 31 rounds to go, winning at Texas in just the second start of the season for the 2019 series champion.

Fast Facts: Reddick became the second non-championship contender to win in 12 races this season. Cole Custer won earlier this year. … AJ Allmendinger has finished in the top 10 in all 12 races, leading Noah Gragson by 44 points in the points race. Gibbs is third, 52 points back. … Gibbs has led a series-best 349 laps, one more than Gragson. … Riley Herbst is second with nine top 10 runs, but has only led one lap and is eighth in points, 150 behind.

Next race: June 4, Portland, Oregon,

Online: http://www.nascar.com

NASCAR TRUCK SERIES

North Carolina Education Lottery 200

Location: Concord, North Carolina.

Schedule: Friday, Practice, 1:30 PM, Qualifying, 2:00 PM and Race, 8:30 PM (FS1).

Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Race distance: 134 laps, 200 miles.

Last year: John Hunter Nemechek won after starting fourth.

Last race: Stewart Friesen took the lead after a restart in overtime and won in Texas, his first win in the last 53 races.

Fast Facts: Nemechek took the series points four ahead of defending champion Ben Rhodes with Chandler Smith 18 back and Friesen 21 behind. … Zane Smith leads all drivers with three wins, 210 laps lead and seven top-10 runs through nine races, but is only fifth in points, 32 off the pace.

Next race: June 4, Madison, Illinois.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

FORMULA ONE

Monaco Grand Prix

Location: Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

Schedule: Friday, training, 8am and 11am; Saturday, practice, 7 a.m. and qualifying, 10 a.m.; Sunday, Race, 9:00 AM (ESPN).

Track: Circuit de Monaco.

Race distance: 78 laps, 161.7 miles.

Last year: Max Verstappen won after a second start.

Last race: Verstappen led a 1-2 finish for Red Bull and took over the series points lead when Charles LeClerc relinquished the lead due to engine failure.

Fast facts: Verstappen has won three races in a row this season and four out of six. They are also the only races he has finished in the lead. … Sergio Perez, teammate of Verstappen, was disappointed after the race. His team had told him to let the reigning champion pass for the lead in the race. … Seven-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has finished behind teammate George Russell in five of the six races this year.

Next race: June 12, Baku, Azerbaijan.

Online: http://www.formula1.com

INDYCAR

Indianapolis 500

Location: Indianapolis.

Schedule: Friday, last practice, 11am-1pm; Sunday, competition, 12:30 pm

Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Race distance: 200 laps, 500 miles.

Last year: Helio Castroneves won after starting eighth.

Last match: Colton Herta overcame two late pit stops and drove away from Simon Pagenaud to win a rainy road race in Indianapolis.

Fast Facts: Scott Dixon broke the pole-winning record with a qualifying run of 234.046 mph, his fifth career pole in the race. Dixon’s four-lap average broke Scott Brayton’s record of 233.718 mph, set in 1996. Arie Luyendyk holds the overall qualifying record of 236.986 mph, also in 1996, but that didn’t come in a run for pole. … Castroneves is tied to AJ Foyt, Rick Mears and the late Al Unser for most career 500 wins with four. … Will Power leads defending champion Alex Palou by 14 points and Scott McLaughlin by 18 in five races. …Palou and Rinus VeeKay complete the front row for the 106th edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Next race: June 5, Detroit.

Online: http://www.indycar.com

NHRA DRAG RACING

Final event: Brittany Force won in Top Fuel and Robert Hight won in Funny Car in Virginia.

Next event: June 5, Epping, New Hampshire.

Online: http://www.nhra.com

WORLD OF OUTLAWS

Next events: May 28, Waverly, Ohio, and May 30, Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Online: http://worldofoutlaws.com/sprintcars

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