Auto racing at a glance

May 11, 2012 

NASCAR SPRINT CUP

SOUTHERN 500

SITE: Darlington.

SCHEDULE: Today, practice (Speed, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 5-6:30 p.m.); Saturday, race, 7 p.m. (FOX, 6:30-11 p.m.).

TRACK: Darlington Raceway (oval, 1.366 miles).

RACE DISTANCE: 501.3 miles, 367 laps.

LAST YEAR: Regan Smith raced to his first Sprint Cup victory, holding off Carl Edwards in a green-white-checker finish. Kyle Busch tangled with Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer to set up the overtime finish.

NEXT: All-Star Race, May 19, Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NATIONWIDE

VFW SPORT CLIPS HELP A HERO 200

SITE: Darlington.

SCHEDULE: Today, practice, qualifying (ESPN2, 3:30-4:30 p.m.); race, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN2, 6:30-9:30 p.m.).

TRACK: Darlington Raceway (oval, 1.366 miles).

RACE DISTANCE: 200.8 miles, 147 laps.

LAST YEAR: Kyle Busch raced to his first Darlington Nationwide victory, edging Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin.

NEXT: Pioneer Hi-Bred 250, May 20, Iowa Speedway.

CAMPING WORLD TRUCK

NEXT: N. C. Education Lottery 200, May 18, Charlotte Motor Speedway.

FORMULA ONE

SPANISH GRAND PRIX

SITE: Barcelona, Spain.

SCHEDULE: Today, practice (Speed, 8-9:30 a.m.; Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 8-9:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (Speed, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).

TRACK: Circuit de Catalunya (road course, 2.89 miles).

RACE DISTANCE: 190.8 miles, 66 laps.

LAST YEAR: Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel raced to the fourth of his 11 2011 victories en route to his second straight season title. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton was second.

NEXT: Monaco Grand Prix, May 27, Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco.

INDYCAR

NEXT: Indianapolis 500, May 27, Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

NHRA FULL THROTTLE

NEXT: NHRA Summernationals, May 18-20, Heartland Park Topeka, Topeka, Kan.

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