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NASCAR CUP SERIES
Site: Talladega, Alabama.
Schedule: Friday, practice, 1:35 p.m., practice, 4:35 p.m. (FS1); Saturday, qualifying, 4:40 p.m. (FOX); Sunday, race, 2 p.m., FOX.
Track: Talladega Superspeedway (oval, 2.66 miles).
Race distance: 500 miles, 188 laps.
Last race: Martin Truex Jr. picked up his first victory of 2019 in Richmond.
Fast facts: Busch has a 20-point lead over defending champion Joey Logano atop the standings. Busch has three wins in 2019 and has finished in the top 10 in all nine of his starts. … Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski are third, fourth and fifth, respectively. … Justin Haley will make his series debut for Spire Motorsports on Sunday, his 20th birthday. Haley, an Indiana native, has won three career truck races.
Next race: Gander RV 400, May 5, Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware.
MONEY LION 300
Schedule: Friday, practice, 12:35 p.m. & 2:35 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 10:10 a.m. (FS1), race, 1 p.m., FS1.
Track: Talladega Superspeedway.
Race distance: 300.6 miles, 113 laps.
Last year: Spencer Gallagher picked up his only career victory in the series.
Last race: Cole Custer won for the second time in four races.
Fast facts: Custer led 122 of 250 laps at Richmond and picked up six playoff points following his victory. He’s now third in the standings behind Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell. … Bell and Custer have each won twice already in 2019, while Reddick is winless in eight starts. But Reddick has been brilliant in racing for points, finishing in the top five six times.
Next race: Allied Steel Buildings 200, May 4, Dover International Speedway.
Last race: Busch won his fourth straight start in the series.
Next race: JEGS 200, May 3, Dover International Speedway.
AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX
Site: Baku, Azerbaijan.
Schedule: Friday, practice, 5 a.m. (ESPN2), practice, 9 a.m. (ESPN2); Saturday, practice, 6 a.m. (ESPN2), qualifying, 9 a.m. (ESPN2); Sunday, race, 8:10 a.m., ESPN2
Track: Baku City Circuit (3.73 miles).
Race distance: 190.1 miles, 51 laps.
Last year: Lewis Hamilton won his first race of the season.
Last race: Hamilton took first in China.
Fast facts: Mercedes have secured three straight one-two finishes. It’s the first time that has been done in 27 years, as teammate Valterri Bottas beat Hamilton in the opener before Hamilton made it two straight in Azerbaijan. … Mercedes, as expected, has jumped out to a huge lead in the constructor standings. They have 130 points, followed by Ferrari (73) and Red Bull Racing Honda (52).
Next race: Spanish Grand Prix, May 12, Barcelona Circuit, Barcelona.
Last race: Alexander Rossi won from the pole at Long Beach.
Next race: IndyCar Grand Prix, May 11, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis.
NHRA DRAG RACING
FOUR WIDE NATIONALS
Site: Concord, North Carolina.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 4:45 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 2:15 & 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, finals, 3:50 p.m.
Track: zMax Dragway.
Last year: Steve Torrence took top honors in Top Fuel.
Last race: Brittany Force won Top Fuel in Texas.
Fast facts: Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won outside of Charlotte last season. … Torrence swept both races at zMAX Dragway last year and also won the four-wide race in 2017. But he’s still searching for his first win this season. … Robert Hight has won three Funny Car events in 2019 and has a class-best five wins in Concord.
Next race: Southern Nationals, May 3-5, Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Georgia.
WORLD OF OUTLAWS
Friday, Battle at the Lake, Lake Ozark Speedway, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri; Saturday, Spring Classic, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Pevely, Missouri; Sunday, Jacksonville Speedway, Jacksonville, Illinois.