Auto Racing Glance

Site: Fontana, California.

Schedule: Friday, practice, 1:35 p.m. (FS1), qualifying, 6:15 p.m., (FS1); Saturday, practice, 11:35 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. (FS1); Sunday, race, 2:30 p.m., FOX.

Track: Auto Club Speedway (oval, 2 miles).

Race distance: 400 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: Kyle Larson took Fontana from the pole.

Last week: Kevin Harvick took Phoenix for his third consecutive victory.

Fast facts: Harvick is the 24th driver to win at least three consecutive races in the modern era of NASCAR, which began in 1972. Nine of those 24 drivers went on to win the series championship that season. …Joey Logano was the last driver to pull off three straight victories. Logano won at Charlotte, Kansas and Talladega in 2015 — although he didn’t win the title. … NASCAR and Anheuser-Busch announced Wednesday the return of the Busch Pole Award. Anheuser-Busch first sponsored the pole-winning award 40 years ago.

Next race: STP 500, March 25, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Virginia.

Site: Fontana, California.

Schedule: Friday, practice, 2:35 & 4:35 p.m., (FS1); Saturday, qualifying, 12:35 p.m. (FS1), race, 4 p.m., FS1.

Track: Auto Club Speedway

Race distance: 300 miles, 150 laps.

Last year: Larson made it a sweep in California.

Last week: Brad Keselowski picked up his first series win of the season in Arizona.

Fast facts: Keselowski beat Justin Allgaier to the finish line by half a second for his second win in Phoenix. …When the series returns to ISM Raceway in Phoenix in the fall, it should have an entirely new look. The $178 million renovation project of the Arizona track is expected to be complete by the time the Ticket Galaxy 200, a playoff race, is held on Nov. 10. …The renovations will include revamped grandstands, new hospitality facilities and a new location for the start/finish line.

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Next race: My Bariatric Solutions 300, April 7, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth.

Last race: Kyle Busch won in his hometown of Las Vegas, his 50th victory in the series.

Next race: Alpha Energy Solutions 250, March 24, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Virginia.

Last race: Sebastian Bourdais opened the season with a win in St. Petersburg for the second year in a row.

Next race: Phoenix Grand Prix, April 7, ISM Raceway, Phoenix.

Last season: Lewis Hamilton won the F1 championship for the third time in four seasons.

Next race: Australian Grand Prix, March 25, Melbourne.


Site: Gainesville, Florida

Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 1 & 4:45 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, finals, 2:55 p.m.

Last year: Tony Schumacher won the Gainesville event.

Last race: Steve Torrence took first in Top Fuel in the second event three weeks ago in Arizona.

Fast facts: Leah Pritchett will be competing in Top Fuel, the Factory Stock Showdown and in the Charity Challenge this weekend against Papa John’s Pizza founder John Schnatter. … John Force (Funny Car), Shane Gray (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won in Florida in 2017. …Brittany Force won Top Fuel here in 2016 by beating Terry McMillen in the finals.

Next race: Four-Wide Nationals, April 6-8, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.

WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Friday & Saturday; FVP Platinum Battery Western Spring Shootout, Stockton Dirt Track, Stockton, California.


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