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NASCAR NEXTEL CUP

AUTISM SPEAKS 400

Site: Dover, Del.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 2:15 p.m.); Sunday, race (Fox, 12:30 p.m.).

Track: Dover Downs International Speedway (oval, 1 mile, 24 degrees banking in turns).

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Race distance: 400 miles, 400 laps.

Last race: Casey Mears shored up his job security by stretching his fuel to the finish line to win the Coca-Cola 600 for his first Nextel Cup victory. Mears, struggling through his first season at elite Hendrick Motorsports, ran strong all night and took the lead when others ducked onto pit road. Mears and his team gambled and pushed their Chevrolet to the finish, running out of gas moments after he took the checkered flag. It was Hendrick’s fifth straight win and the ninth in the past 10 Nextel Cup races.

Last year: Matt Kenseth collected his first Nextel Cup win at Dover International Speedway and second win of the season, topping teammate Jamie McMurray by .787 seconds. Kenseth had sat on the pole twice at Dover, but had never won in 14 Nextel Cup starts. He finally conquered the Monster Mile, jumping from third to first in three laps. Kenseth passed McMurray with three laps remaining.

Fast facts: J.J. Yeley finished second for the first top-five finish of his career and Kyle Petty was third, his first top five in 10 years. ... Mears is the nephew of Rick Mears, a four-time Indianapolis 500 champion. ... Jeff Gordon, who started last week’s race with a 231-point lead in the standings, finished 41st and saw his lead shrink to 132 points over Jimmie Johnson. ... This race was shortened to 400 miles in 1997 to try to make it more competitive. It was 500 miles from 1971-96.

Next race: Pocono 500, June 10, Long Pond, Pa.

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

NASCAR BUSCH

AAA INSURANCE 200

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Site: Dover, Del.

Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 10 a.m.), race (ESPN2, 2 p.m.).

Track: Dover Downs International Speedway (oval, 1 mile, 24 degrees banking in turns).

Race distance: 200 miles, 200 laps.

Last race: Kasey Kahne raced to his first victory of the season, pulling away on a late restart to win at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Casey Mears never got close and had to settle for second. Clint Bowyer was third and was followed by Jeff Burton, Regan Smith, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch as Cup drivers took the top eight spots.

Fast facts: Joe Nemechek is the only polesitter to win in 24 spring races at Dover, doing it in 2003. ... Carl Edwards finished 17th last week and extended his lead in the standings to 423 points over Kevin Harvick. ... Greg Biffle, who comes into the weekend 10th in the Busch Series standings, is a two-time Dover winner.

Next race: Federated Auto Parts 300, June 9, Lebanon$ Tenn.

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

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NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCKS

AAA INSURANCE 200

Site: Dover, Del.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 9:30 a.m.); race, 3:45 p.m. (Speed Channel, 7:30 p.m., tape).

Track: Dover Downs International Speedway (oval, 1 mile, 24 degrees banking in turns).

Race distance: 200 miles, 200 laps.

Last race: Dennis Setzer outwitted the competition for his 17th career NASCAR Craftsman Truck series victory, running the entire rain-delayed Ohio 250 without a pit stop at Mansfield Motorsport Park. Setzer, driving a Chevrolet, took the lead on the 239th of 250 laps around the half-mile oval when leader Rick Crawford cut down a tire in the fourth turn. Jack Sprague finished second for the third consecutive year after winning the inaugural Mansfield race in 2004.

Fast facts: The AAA Insurance 200 will mark the 300th race in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history. ... Mike Bliss, the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion, will drive Bobby Hamilton Racing’s No. 4 Open Joist Dodge in 11 of the remaining 18 events. ... Tyler Walker has been suspended from competition indefinitely by NASCAR, for violating the substance abuse policy

Next race: Sam’s Town 400, June 8, Fort Worth, Texas

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

INDY RACING LEAGUE

A.J. FOYT 225

Site: West Allis, Wis.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 3:45 p.m.; Saturday, race (ABC, 3 p.m.).

Track: The Milwaukee Mile (oval, 1.032 miles, 9 degrees banking in turns).

Race distance: 232.20 miles, 225 laps.

Last race: Dario Franchitti gambled on the rain and won the Indy 500, another bittersweet day for the Andretti family at America’s richest race. The Scotsman, one of five Andretti Green Racing drivers in the field, inherited the lead by staying on the track when the leaders pitted for fuel. He then drove slowly to the checkered flag in a downpour when the race was stopped 10 laps later after 415 of the scheduled 500 miles. Franchitti won the race under a caution light brought out when teammate Marco Andretti crashed three laps from the abbreviated end.

Fast facts: Three points separate the top three drivers in the standings: Scott Dixon (184), Dan Wheldon (183) and Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti (181). ... Dixon is the only driver to finish in the top five in each of this years’ five races.

Next race: Bombardier 550, June 9, Fort Worth, Texas

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

NHRA

O’REILLY SUMMER NATIONALS

Site: Topeka, Kan.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2, 4:30 p.m., tape); Sunday, eliminations, 11 a.m. (ESPN2, 3 p.m., tape).

Track: Heartland Park Topeka.

Last event: Melanie Troxel beat Cory McClenathan in the Top Fuel finals to become the second woman to ever win at Gateway International Raceway on May 6. Ron Capps extended his lead in the Funny Car points to 121 with his third victory of the year and Dave Connolly topped teammate Jeg Coughlin by 0.016 seconds to move into second place overall in Pro Stock.

Fast facts: Rod Fuller leads Brandon Bernstein by 23 points (499-476) in the Top Fuel division. Bernstein, who has 14-5 final round record, won at Heartland in 2004 and finished runner-up last year. ... Ron Capps has a 121-point lead (645-524) over Robert Hight.

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

FORMULA ONE

Next race: Canadian Grand Prix, June 10, Montreal

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

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES

Next race: G.I. Joe’s Grand Prix, June 10, Portland, Ore.

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

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