AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance
The Associated Press
Nov. 08, 2017
All Times Eastern
Schedule: Friday, practice, 1 p.m., (NBCSN), qualifying, 6:45 p.m. (NBCSN); Saturday, practice, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., (NBCSN); Sunday, race, 2 p.m., NBCSN.
Track: Phoenix Raceway (oval, 1 mile).
Race distance: 312 miles, 312 laps.
Last year: Joey Logano won in Phoenix, but Jimmie Johnson rallied from starting 14th to win the championship the following week.
Last race: Kevin Harvick won in Texas for the first time.
Fast facts: Harvick clinched a shot for the title in Miami on Nov. 19. But so did series leader Martin Truex Jr., who led 107 laps last week before being passed by Harvick. ...Johnson hasn't taken first in Arizona this decade. ...Ryan Blaney (sixth) is the only playoff driver who hasn't led a lap at Phoenix. ...Harvick has eight wins at this track, the most among active drivers.
Next race: Ford Ecoboost 400, Nov. 19, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida.
TICKET GALAXY 200
Schedule: Friday, practice, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN), practice, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 12:35 p.m. (NBCSN), race, 3:30 p.m., NBC.
Track: Phoenix Raceway.
Race distance: 200 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Kyle Busch won from the pole.
Last race: Erik Jones led 137 of 200 laps to sweep the Texas' series races in 2017.
Fast facts: Elliott Sadler grabbed the points lead with one race left to set the final four for the title run. Sadler, who finished best among playoff contenders last week (fourth), has a five-point lead over William Byron and a nine-point advantage over Justin Allgaier. ...Brennan Poole is fourth, followed by Matt Tifft and Cole Custer.
Next race: Ford Ecoboost 300, Nov. 18, Homestead-Miami Speedway.
CAMPING WORLD TRUCK
LUCAS OIL 150
Schedule: Friday, practice, 11 a.m., (FS2), qualifying, 5:30 p.m., FS1, race, 8:30 p.m., FS1
Track. Phoenix Raceway
Race distance: 150 miles, 150 laps.
Last year: Daniel Suarez started second and finished first in Phoenix.
Last race: Johnny Sauter took first in Fort Worth.
Fast facts: Sauter, the defending series champion became the first driver earn a spot in the series championship finale in two weeks. His win came just two days after he and his wife Cortney had their fourth child. ...Sauter is four points behind Christopher Bell for the series lead.
Next race: Ford EcoBoost 200, Nov. 17, Homestead-Miami Speedway.
BRAZIL GRAND PRIX
Site: Sao Paulo
Schedule: Friday, practice, 7 and 11 a.m.; Saturday, practice, 8 a.m., qualifying, 11 a.m.; Sunday, race, 11 a.m., NBCSN
Track. Autodrome Jose Carlos Pace (circuit, 2.67 miles)
Race distance: 190.8 miles, 71 laps.
Last year: Lewis Hamilton won both the pole and the race at Interlagos.
Last race: Hamilton clinched his fourth series championship in Mexico City.
Fast facts: Hamilton won five of the last seven races, taking the drama out of this weekend's race in Sao Paulo. ...Hamilton has a 56-point lead over Sebastian Vettel, and Valtteri Bottas is 15 points behind Vettel. ...Interlagos staged its first Grand Prix in 1973.
Next race: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Nov. 26, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Site: Pomona, California
Schedule: Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 12:45 p.m., qualifying, 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 12:30 p.m., qualifying, 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, finals, 3:37 p.m., FS1.
Track. Auto Club Raceway
Last year: Doug Kalitta took first in Pomona.
Last race: Top Fuel veteran Terry McMillen won his first event in Las Vegas.
Fast facts: Steve Torrence, an eight-time Top Fuel winner in 2017, holds a 20-point lead over Brittany Force heading into the season finale. Kalitta is 84 points off the lead. ...Torrence, Force and Kalitta combined to win four of the first five playoff races as each searches for their first world title. ... Tommy Johnson (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won the last race in 2016.