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GOODY'S FAST RELIEF 500
Site: Martinsville, Virginia
Schedule: Friday, practice (11 a.m., NBCSN), qualifying (4:40 p.m., NBCSN); Saturday, practice, (9 a.m., CNBC); practice (noon, NBCSN); Sunday, race, 1 p.m., NBCSN.
Track: Martinsville Speedway (oval, 0.526 miles).
Race distance: 263 miles, 500 laps.
Last year: Jeff Gordon won in what was supposed to be his retirement season. But Gordon returned in 2016 to fill the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s seat.
Last week: Joey Logano won at Talladega to keep his Chase title hopes alive.
Fast facts: Jimmie Johnson, in sight of a record-tying seventh Sprint Cup championship, leads all full-time drivers with eight wins at Martinsville. Gordon, a part-timer in 2016, has nine. ... Kyle Busch will attempt to become the first driver this season to sweep at a single track. Busch won in April. ... The Round of Eight opener will likely be Gordon's final NASCAR race. He didn't qualify for the championship. ... Logano is the only finalist with fewer than three wins at the three Round of Eight tracks (Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix).
Next race: AAA Texas 500, Nov. 6, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.
Last race: Kyle Busch led 75 percent of the laps in Kansas on Oct. 15 to win his third straight race in the series.
Next race: O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Nov. 5, Texas Motor Speedway.
CAMPING WORLD TRUCK
TEXAS ROADHOUSE 200
Site: Martinsville, Virginia.
Schedule: Friday, practice (12:30 p.m., FS1), practice (2:30 p.m., FS1); Saturday, qualifying, (10:15 a.m., FS1), race, 1:30 p.m., FS1.
Track: Martinsville (oval, 0.526 miles).
Race distance: 105.2 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Matt Crafton won from the 13th position, the second-furthest back of anyone to win a series event in 2015.
Last week: Grant Enfinger won his first career race.
Fast facts: The trucks kick off their inaugural Round of Six on Saturday. Johnny Sauter might have the edge, winning twice at Martinsville with five top-five finishes in 17 starts. ... Chase Elliott will return to the series for the first time since 2013. He'll drive the No. 71 for Carlos Contreras. ... William Byron leads the series with a driver rating of 105.8.
Next race: Longhorn 350, Nov. 4, Texas Motor Speedway.
GRAND PRIX OF MEXICO
Site: Mexico City
Schedule: Friday, practice (11 a.m.), practice (3 p.m.); Saturday, practice, (11 a.m.), qualifying (2 p.m.), Sunday, race, 2 p.m., NBC.
Track: Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome, (circuit, 2.68 miles).
Race distance: 190.8 miles, 71 laps.
Last year: Nico Rosberg won the first of three consecutive races to close out 2015.
Last race: Hamilton won his fourth U.S. Grand Prix in five years, cutting Rosberg's series lead to 26 points with three races left.
Fast facts: Rosberg is still in prime position for his first championship. Hamilton, who won his 50th career race last week, still needs his teammate to make some mistakes if he hopes to complete his comeback. ... Rosberg set the lap record at Mexico in 2015, the circuit's return to Mexico after a 24-year absence.
Next race: Grand Prix of Brazil, Nov. 13, Jose Carlos Pace Autodrome, Sao Paolo.
NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING
Site: Las Vegas
Schedule: Friday, qualifying, (3:30 p.m.), qualifying (7:30 p.m., FS1); Saturday, qualifying (3:30 p.m.), qualifying (7:15 p.m.); Sunday, qualifying (2 p.m.), qualifying (5:15 p.m.), finals, 6:37 p.m., FS1.
Track: The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Last year: Doug Kalitta won the finals, but Antron Brown clinched the 2015 world title.
Last race: Brown strengthened his hold on the point race by winning in Texas.
Fast facts: Brown can clinch his third world championship with a strong showing this weekend. Brown's lead over Kalitta is 150 points after he won three of the first four playoff events. ... Brown is 12-1 in the playoffs so far, the only loss coming in the first round in St. Louis.
Next race: Auto Club Finals, Nov. 10-13, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Pomona, California.
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Thursday-Saturday, Bad Boy Off-Road World of Outlaw World Finals, The Dirt Track of Charlotte, Concord, North Carolina.