Destination Auto Racing


Indy Racing League

Formula One


September 19, 2005|By PETER BLAIR




MBNA NASCAR RacePoints 400

Site -- Dover, Del.

When, TV -- Sunday, 12:30 p.m., TNT

Track -- Dover International Speedway (1-mile oval)

Distance -- 400 laps, 400 miles

Last year -- Pole-sitter Ryan Newman ran away from the field to win the MBNA America 400 as only eight drivers finished on the lead lap. Jeff Gordon, who finished third, left Dover with the lead in the points standings.

Drivers to watch -- Mark Martin has finished no worse than third his past three races at the track, including a win in June 2004. Jeremy Mayfield holds the track qualifying record.



Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix

Site -- Watkins Glen, N.Y.

When, TV -- Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Ch. 2

Track -- Watkins Glen International (3.4-mile, 11-turn circuit)

Distance -- 60 laps, 204 miles

Last year -- This is the inaugural race.

Drivers to watch -- Dan Wheldon has all but clinched the series championship heading into the next-to-last race. Rookie Danica Patrick is looking for her eighth top-10 finish.



Las Vegas 400

Site -- Las Vegas

When, TV -- Saturday, 11:30 p.m. (approx.), SPEED (Sunday, 3:30 p.m., tape delay)

Track -- Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval)

Distance -- 166 laps, 249 miles (400 km)

Last year -- Sebastien Bourdais won the series' inaugural race in Las Vegas.

Drivers to watch -- Bourdais leads Oriol Servia by 61 points with four races remaining in the season.


Brazilian Grand Prix

Site -- Sao Paulo, Brazil

When, TV -- Sunday, 12:30 p.m., SPEED

Track -- Autodrome Jose Carlos Pace (2.68-mile, 15-turn road circuit)

Distance -- 71 laps, 190 miles

Last year -- Juan Pablo Montoya edged Kimi Raikkonen by a second in what used to be the season finale.

Drivers to watch -- With three races left, Fernando Alonso can clinch the championship with a third-place finish or better.



Dover 200

Site -- Dover, Del.

When, TV -- Saturday, 1 p.m., TNT

Track -- Dover International Speedway (1-mile oval)

Distance -- 200 laps, 200 miles

Last year -- Martin Truex Jr. captured the Stacker 2 Hundred and expanded his lead to 152 points over Kyle Busch.

Drivers to watch -- Truex comes to Dover as the points leader for the second year in a row, but this time he is just 69 points ahead of Clint Bowyer.



Las Vegas 350

Site -- Las Vegas

When, TV -- Saturday, 9 p.m., SPEED

Track -- Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval)

Distance -- 146 laps, 219 miles (352 km)

Last year -- Steve Park led the most laps, but Shane Hmiel used fresher tires to pass Todd Bodine with two laps to go to become the youngest series winner in 2004.

Drivers to watch -- Dennis Setzer enters the race with a 59-point lead over fellow veteran Ted Musgrave. Setzer finished second and Musgrave was third Saturday at New Hampshire.

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