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AUTO RACING: Larson’s lead grows as Cup Series goes to Texas

October 13, 2021 GMT
Kyle Larson celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto racing race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Concord, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)
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Kyle Larson celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto racing race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Concord, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)
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Kyle Larson celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto racing race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Concord, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)

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NASCAR CUP SERIES

Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500

Site: Fort Worth, Texas

Schedule: Sunday, race, 2 p.m.

Track: Texas Motor Speedway.

Race distance: 334 laps, 501 miles.

Last year: Kyle Busch won after starting ninth.

Last race: Kyle Larson won his record third road race of the season — and series-high seventh victory overall — on the Roval at Charlotte.

Fast facts: Larson leads Denny Hamlin by 35 points, Martin Truex Jr. by 36 and Ryan Blaney by 41 heading into the playoffs’ round of eight. Others still in championship contention include former champions Kyle Busch (2015, 2019), defending champion Chase Elliott, Joey Logano (2018) and Brad Keselowski (2012). ... 2014 champion Kevin Harvick failed to advance past the second round for the first time since the format was introduced in 2014. Also eliminated were Alex Bowman, Christopher Bell and William Byron.

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Next race: Oct. 24, Kansas City, Kansas.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

Andy’s Frozen Custard 335

Site: Fort Worth, Texas.

Schedule: Saturday, race, 3 p.m.

Track: Texas Motor Speedway.

Race distance: 200 laps, 300 miles.

Last year: Harrison Burton won after starting 12th.

Last race: A.J. Allmendinger won for the fifth time this season, and the third consecutive year on the Charlotte Roval, to advance to the playoffs’ round of eight.

Fast facts: Allmendinger jumped from fourth to first in the points race, six better than defending series champion Austin Cindric. Justin Allgaier is 29 points back, Noah Gragson 33 back and Daniel Hemric 34 behind. ... Joining Allmendinger and Cindric in the next playoff round are Hemric, Justin Haley, Brandon Jones, Gragson, Allgaier and Harrison Burton. Jeb Burton, Myatt Snider, Jeremy Clements and Riley Herbst were eliminated.

Next race: Oct. 23, Kansas City, Kansas.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

NASCAR TRUCK SERIES

Last race: At Talladega, Tate Fogelman won for the first time in 46 career starts.

Next race: Oct. 30, Martinsville, Virginia.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

FORMULA ONE

Last race: Valtteri Bottas won in Istanbul while runner-up Max Verstappen reclaimed the championship points lead by six over fourth-place finisher Lewis Hamilton.

Next race: Oct. 24, Austin, Texas.

Online: http://www.formula1.com

INDYCAR

Last race: Colton Herta won the season finale at Long Beach, California, as Alex Palou wrapped up the series championship.

Next race: Feb. 27, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Online: http://www.indycar.com

NHRA DRAG RACING

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Last event: Justin Ashley won in Top Fuel and Ron Capps won in Funny Car in Texas.

Next event: Oct. 15-17, Bristol, Tennessee.

Online: http://www.nhra.com

WORLD OF OUTLAWS

Next event: Oct. 22, Kansas City, Kansas.

Online: http://worldofoutlaws.com/sprintcars

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