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Auto racing previews

By Compiled by Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 26, 2000


CART

WHAT: Marlboro 500.

WHEN/WHERE/TV: Saturday, qualifying, 3 p.m.; Sunday, race, 2:30 p.m., ESPN; Fontana, Calif.

1999 WINNER: Adrian Fernandez.

FAST FACTS: Greg Moore, one of the budding stars of the series, was killed in last year's race when he lost control of his car at 220 mph and slammed into a wall in the season-ending event. ... This is the final race of the season. ... Mark Blundell won the inaugural race in 1997, when Moore's car slowed because of engine problems with 11 laps left. ... Bobby Rahal made his final career start in the 1998 race, finishing 11th.

POINTS STANDINGS: 1. Gil de Ferran 153; 2. Fernandez 148; 3. Paul Tracy 134; 4. Kenny Brack 134; 5. Roberto Moreno 131; 6. Jimmy Vasser 131; 7. Michael Andretti 127; 8. Helio Castroneves 125; 9. Juan Montoya 123; 10. Cristiano da Matta 112.

Busch Grand National

WHAT: Sam's Town 250.

WHEN/WHERE/TV: Saturday, qualifying, 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, race, 1 p.m., TNN; Memphis, Tenn.

1999 WINNER: Jeff Green.

FAST FACTS: This is the second year of the event. ... Green will win the season championship by starting the race. ... Kevin Harvick leads the rookie standings by 16 points over Ron Hornaday. ... Chevrolet has 21 wins this season and leads Ford by 57 points in the manufacturer's standings.

POINTS STANDINGS: 1. Green 4,500; 2. Jason Keller 3,964; 3. Todd Bodine 3,778; 4. Harvick 3,751; 5. Hornaday 3,540; 6. Elton Sawyer 3,428; 7. Randy LaJoie 3,290; 8. David Green 3,026; 9. Casey Atwood 3,025; 10. Jimmie Johnson 2,929.

Craftsman Trucks

WHAT: California 200.

WHEN/WHERE/TV: Friday, qualifying, 3:45; Saturday, race, 4 p.m., ESPN; Fontana, Calif.

1999 WINNER: Jack Sprague.

FAST FACTS: This is the final race of the season. ... Greg Biffle can set a series record if he leads the race for at least one lap. He has led 17 races this season. ... This is the second year the race is the final event of the season. ... Andy Houston has won the pole the last two years.

POINTS STANDINGS: 1. Biffle 3,666; 2. Kurt Busch 3,416; 3. Houston 3,386; 4. Mike Wallace 3,383; 5. Sprague 3,156; 6. Joe Rutman 3,108; 7. Dennis Setzer 3,084; 8. Randy Tolsma 3,054; 9. Steve Grissom 3,004; 10. Bryan Reffner 2,998.

NHRA

WHAT: Matco Tools Supernationals.

WHEN/WHERE/TV: Friday, first-round qualifying, 2:45 p.m.; Saturday, second-round qualifying, 12:15 p.m.; Sunday, final eliminations, noon; Baytown, Texas.

1999 WINNER: Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car), Rickie Smith (Pro Stock) and Tony Mullen (Pro Stock Bike).

FAST FACTS: This is the fourth year of the event. ... There are two events remaining after this week.

POINTS STANDINGS: (Top Fuel) 1. Gary Scelzi, 1,663; 2. Tony Schumacher, 1,537; 3. Dixon, 1,440; 4. Joe Amato, 1,281; 5. Doug Kalitta, 1,269; 6. Kenny Bernstein, 1,177; 7. Cory McClenathan, 1,008; 8. Bob Vandergriff, 873; 9. Doug Herbert, 807; 10. David Grubnic, 733. (Funny Car) 1. Force, 1,659; 2. Ron Capps, 1,369; 3. Jerry Toliver, 1,353; 4. Tony Pedregon, 1,201; 5. Jim Epler, 1,142; 6. Scotty Cannon, 998; 7. Whit Bazemore, 969; 8. Del Worsham, 937; 9. Dean Skuza, 874; 10. Bruce Sarver, 871. (Pro Stock) 1. Jeg Coughlin Jr., 1,827; 2. Kurt Johnson, 1,295; 3. Ron Krisher, 1,267; 4. Warren Johnson, 1,239; 5. Mark Pawuk, 1,052; 6. Troy Coughlin, 1,009; 7. Richie Stevens, 957; 8. Jim Yates, 926; 9. Darrell Alderman, 811; 10. Bruce Allen, 768. (Pro Motorcycle) 1. Angelle Seeling, 1,140; 2. Matt Hines, 1,002; 3. Tony Mullen, 881; 4. Antron Brown, 842; 5. David Schultz, 711; 6. Geno Scali, 664; 7. Craig Treble, 663; 8. Shawn Gann, 457; 9. Blaine Hale, 401; 10. Reggie Showers, 375. (Pro Stock Truck) 1. Bob Panella, 1,221; 2. Randy Daniels, 991; 3. John Coughlin, 738; 4. Greg Stanfield, 672; 5. Steve Johns, 663; 6. Mike Coughlin, 578; 7. Brian Self, 565; 8. Jeff Gracia, 506; 9. Rick Jones, 488; 10. John Lingenfelter, 454.

Winston Cup

UP NEXT: Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500K, Nov. 5, Avondale, Ariz.

POINTS STANDINGS: 1. Bobby Labonte, 4,645; 2. Dale Earnhardt, 4,444; 3. Jeff Burton, 4,394; 4. Dale Jarrett, 4,315; 5. Ricky Rudd, 4,272; 6. Tony Stewart, 4,210; 7. Rusty Wallace, 4,115; 8. Mark Martin, 4,042; 9. Jeff Gordon, 3,904; 10. Ward Burton 3,809.

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