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ON THE TRACKS This weekend's events


Published: Fri, March 24, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


NASCARNEXTEL CUPFood City 500Bristol, Tenn.
Schedule: Today, qualifying (Speed Channel, 3:30 p.m.); Sunday, race (FOX, 1:30 p.m.)Track: Bristol Motor Speedway (oval, .533 miles, 36 degrees banking in turns)Race distance: 266.5 miles, 500 lapsLast year: Kevin Harvick began shaking off an embarrassing cheating scandal and snapped a 55-race winless streak by taking the Food City 500. Harvick's crew chief, Todd Berrier, was serving the second of a four-race suspension for rigging the car's gas tank in Las Vegas.Fast facts: Jeff Gordon had finishes of fifth and fourth in the last two races. ... Greg Biffle led a race-high 128 laps at Atlanta, but wound up 16th after running out of gas near the end of the race. ... Mark Martin has 20 top-10 finishes in 38 career Cup starts at Bristol, including two wins, and leads all active drivers with seven poles. ... Elliott Sadler's first career win came at Bristol in 2001.
BUSCH SERIESSharpie Mini 300Bristol, Tenn.
Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, Noon), race (FOX, 3 p.m.)Track: Bristol Motor SpeedwayRace distance: 159.9 miles, 300 lapsLast year: Kevin Harvick completed the Bristol sweep by holding off teammate Jeff Burton in overtime to win the rescheduled Sharpie Professional 250. Harvick, who started 38th, beat Burton by 0.159 seconds.Fast facts: Harvick has six consecutive top-five finishes at Bristol. ... Rick Wilson (1989) and Jason Keller (1999) are the only polesitters to win this race, which began in 1982. ... Kenny Wallace has a series-leading 17 top-10 finishes at the track.Next race: O'Reilly 300, April 8, Fort Worth, Texas.
INDY RACING LEAGUEToyota Indy 300Homestead, Fla.
Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 2:45 p.m.; Sunday, race (ABC, 3:30 p.m.)Track: Homestead-Miami Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles, 18-degree banking at bottom, 19-degree banking in middle, 20-degree banking at top)Race distance: 300 miles, 200 lapsLast year: Dan Wheldon led 158 of the 200 laps en route to a dominant win in the season-opening Toyota Indy 300.Fast facts: Sam Hornish Jr. has won three of the five Homestead races, including the 2002 event from the pole. ... Marco Andretti, the son of Michael Andretti and the grandson of Mario Andretti, is expected to make his series debut this weekend. At 19 years, 13 days, he will be the youngest driver to start an IRL race since A.J. Foyt IV at Homestead in 2002. ... Al Unser Jr. announced Tuesday he will drive in this year's Indianapolis 500.Next race: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Fla., April 2
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