AUTO RACING: Hendrick off to a fast start, F1 and IndyCar too

William Byron (24) poses with the trophy after winning a NASCAR Cup Series stock car race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, March 20, 2022. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

William Byron (24) poses with the trophy after winning a NASCAR Cup Series stock car race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, March 20, 2022. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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NASCAR CUP SERIES

EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix

Site: Austin, Texas.

Schedule: Saturday, practice, 10 am, and qualifying, 11 am; Sunday, race, 3:30 p.m. (FOX)

Track: Circuit of the Americas.

Race distance: 68 laps. 231.88 miles.

Last year: Chase Elliott won after starting eighth.

Last race: William Byron posted a career-high 46th lead change on lap 315 of 325 and passed Christopher Bell and Ross Chastain to win at Atlanta.

Fast facts: Byron was in the top 20 race leaders, a career record. He gave Hendrick Motorsports three different winners in five races. … Bell was penalized for an illegal pass on the final lap and relegated to 23rd, the last spot on the lead lap. … Race weekend was the first at the track since a major resurfacing and reconfiguration since the series ran the 1.54-mile track last July. … Chastain’s finish came despite a crash that left him two laps behind. Kyle Busch also recovered after a crash to finish third.

Next race: April 3, Richmond, Virginia.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

Pit Boss 250

Site: Austin, Texas.

Schedule: Friday, practice, 5:00 p.m., and qualifying, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, race, 16:30 (FS1)

Track: Circuit of the Americas

Race distance: 48 laps, 156.86 miles.

Last year: Kyle Busch won after starting on pole position.

Last Race: Ty Gibbs passed Ryan Sieg on the final lap of a second overtime and beat Austin Hill by 0.178 seconds to win at Atlanta.

Fast facts: Gibbs led just the final lap and earned his second win in five starts this season and sixth in 23 career starts. … The race included a race-record 10 caution flags that slowed the pace for 56 laps. … AJ Allmendinger was third, followed by Riley Herbst and Landon Cassill. … Noah Gragson’s streak of four consecutive top-three finishes and Justin Allgaier’s streak of 16 consecutive top-10 finishes ended.

Next race: April 2, Richmond, Virginia.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

NASCAR TRUCK SERIES

XPEL 225

Site: Austin, Texas.

Schedule: Friday, practice, 3:00 p.m., and classification, 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, race, 1pm (FS1)

Track: Circuit of the Americas.

Race distance: 42 laps, 143.22 miles.

Last year: Todd Gilliland won after starting fifth.

Final Race: Corey Heim passed his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Chandler Smith on the final lap to win at Atlanta, his first career win in just the fifth race.

Fast facts: Ben Rhodes recovered to finish second, followed by Ty Majeski and Smith in Atlanta. … Smith is the points leader by 13 points over Tanner Gray. Gray and third-place Majeski are the only drivers with three top-10 finishes in as many races.

Next race: April 7, Martinsville, Virginia.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

FORMULA ONE

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Site: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Hours: Friday, practice, 10 am and 1 pm; Saturday, practice, 10 am and qualifying, 1 pm; Sunday, race, 1:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Track: Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

Race distance: 50 laps, 191.662 miles.

Last year: Lewis Hamilton won in early December after starting on pole position.

Last race: Charles Leclerc won the season opener in Bahrain, leading a 1-2 result for Ferrari.

Fast facts: Leclerc’s win was his first since winning back-to-back events midway through the 2019 season. … Defending series champion Max Verstappen and Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez both retired early before the end of the race, allowing seven-time series champion Lewis Hamilton to claim a third place finish. …Verstappen retired on lap 54 of the 57-lap event, Perez on lap 56.

Next race: April 10, Melbourne, Australia.

Online: http://www.formula1.com

INDYCAR

Final Race: Josef Newgarden passed teammate Scott McLaughlin on the final turn at Texas to give Team Penske victories in the first two races of the season.

Next race: April 10, Long Beach, California.

Online: http://www.indycar.com

NHRA DRAG RACES

Last Event: Tripp Tatum won Top Fuel and Matt Hagan won Funny Car at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.

Next event: April 1-3, Las Vegas.

Online: http://www.nhra.com

WORLD OF RIFLES

Upcoming events: March 25, Bakersfield, California and March 26, Perris, California.

Online: http://worldofoutlaws.com/sprintcars

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