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NASCAR Sprint Cup
Auto Club 500
Site: Fontana, Calif., Auto Club Speedway (oval, 2 miles).
TV schedule: Friday, practice (2 p.m., Speed), qualifying (5:30 p.m., Speed); Saturday, practice (1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m., Speed); Sunday, race (2 p.m., KDFW/Ch. 4)
Race distance: 500 miles/250 laps
2009 winner: Matt Kenseth
Fast facts: Jimmie Johnson won the October race at the track for the third straight year en route to his record fourth straight series title. He has a series-record four victories at the track. The No. 48 Chevrolet was 35th last week in Daytona. ... Joey Logano won the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown last month at Irwindale, Calif.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Stater Bros. 300
Site: Fontana, Calif., Auto Club Speedway (oval, 2 miles)
TV schedule: Friday, practice (1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Speed); Saturday, qualifying (11:30 a.m., Speed), race (4 p.m., ESPN2)
Race distance: 300 miles/150 laps
2009 winner: Kyle Busch
Fast facts: Danica Patrick is making her second Nationwide start for JR Motorsports. The IndyCar star finished 35th in her NASCAR debut at Daytona after getting caught up in a 12-car wreck just past the halfway point. She also drove in the ARCA race at Daytona, finishing sixth. ... Kyle Busch won nine times last year and took the series championship for Joe Gibbs Racing, unifying the driver and owner titles for the first time since 2006. He has 30 wins in 174 Nationwide starts. ... Joey Logano won the October race at the track.
NHRA Arizona Nationals
Site: Chandler, Ariz., Firebird International Raceway
TV schedule: Saturday, qualifying (1 a.m. Sunday, taped, ESPN2); Sunday, final eliminations (6 p.m., taped, ESPN2)
2009 winners: Ron Capps (Funny Car), Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock)
Fast facts: John Force, who ended a 20-month victory drought when he won the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., leads the standings for the first time since winning his 14th series championship in November 2006. ... Ron Capps broke his right middle finger playing racquetball in December.