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This week’s racing
Monster Energy Cup
Auto Club 400 (200 laps, 400 miles around a 2-mile trioval), Auto Club Speedway; Fontana, Calif. TV: Sunday, 3:30 p.m., FOX. This week: Four races so far this season, four different winners shared by just two teams. Toyota driver Denny Hamlin won at Daytona and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch won last week at Phoenix. Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano won at Atlanta and Las Vegas, respectively, driving Fords . ... Notably missing from Victory Lane so far is Chevrolet. ... This is the fifth of 36 races on the season, and will be the 30th run at Auto Club, which opened in 1997 . ... Martin Truex Jr. won this race last year after starting from the pole . ... Five Fords are in the top 10 in the standings, with three Toyotas and two Chevrolets . ... Busch leads the Cup standings with 177 points, followed by Logano (171) and Kevin Harvick (168). Xfinity
Production Alliance Group 300 (150 laps, 300 miles around a 2-mile tri-oval), Auto Club Speedway; Fontana, Calif. TV: Saturday, 5 p.m., FS1. This week: This is the fifth of 33 races this season and the 30th Xfinity race at Auto Club Speedway . ... Joey Logano won this race last year . ... Full-time Xfinity Series racers are 2-for-4 this year, with full-time Cup driver Kyle Busch winning the past two weeks . ... Chevrolet is performing well in the series, with Chevy drivers holding six of the top 10 spots, with two Ford’s and two Toyotas mixed in . ... Tyler Reddick leads the Xfinity standings with 169 points, followed by Christopher Bell (165). Formula One
Australian Grand Prix (58 laps, 191.118 miles around a 3.295-mile 16-turn temporary street circuit), Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia. TV: Sunday, 1 a.m., ESPN. This week: This is the season opener, the first of 21 races . ... Germany’s Sebastian Vettel won the race last year in a Ferrari, but ultimately finished second in the championship to the United Kingdom’s Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes . ... Vettel is a four-time world champion and Hamilton has five, and both are considered top contenders again. Vettel is chasing the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio, who held the record of five for 45 years before Michael Schumacher came along and ultimately won seven. Schumacher is the only target left for Hamilton. NHRA Drag Racing
Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, ThursdaySunday, at Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla. TV: Eliminations, Sunday, 7:30-10:30 p.m., FS1 (Tape Delay). This week: The hot rods are back after two of 24 events this season, headed to Gainesville, Fla. for the Gatornationals on March 14-17 . ... In the most recent event in Arizona, Billy Torrence won in Top Fuel, Matt Hagan in Funny Car and Jeg Coughlin Jr. winning Pro Stock. Pro Stock Motorcycle debuts at the Gatornationals . ... Torrence leads the Top Fuel points with 178, followed by Doug Kalitta (172) . ... Robert Hight leads Funny Car (205), with Hagan (160) second . ... Bo Butner is on top of Pro Stock (181), followed by Jason Line (157).
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