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This week in auto racing

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Aaron’s 499

Site: Talladega, Ala.

Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, (Speed, 8:30 a.m.); Sunday, race (Fox, 10 a.m.)

Track: Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile tri-oval, 33 degrees in turns)

Distance: 500 miles, 188 laps

Last race: Mark Martin, 50, became the third-oldest winner in NASCAR Sprint Cup history, snapping a 97-race winless streak with a dominating run at Phoenix International Raceway.

Last year: Kyle Busch came back from a lap down, then survived a near wreck with Jamie McMurray for his first win at Talladega.

Fast facts: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Casey Mears were penalized for intentionally bumping cars after the race at Phoenix International Raceway. NASCAR put both drivers on probation for the next six races, starting with Talladega, but neither was fined or lost any points.


Aaron’s 312

Site: Talladega, Ala.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying (Speed, 8 a.m.), Saturday, race (ABC, 11:30 a.m.)

Track: Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile tri-oval, 33 degrees in turns)

Distance: 312 miles, 118 laps

Last race: Greg Biffle picked up his second victory in four races this season.

Last year: Kyle Busch fought his way back from a lap down after missing his pit box and having to go around again and later coasted to the checkered flag when a massive crash took out a dozen cars behind him, bringing out the yellow.

Fast facts: Kyle Busch took the series lead from Carl Edwards last weekend, and leads the series with 1,075 points. Edwards is third, 47 points back.


Road Runner Turbo Indy 300

Site: Kansas City, Kan.

Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (Versus, 3 p.m.); Sunday, race (Versus, 1 p.m.)

Track: Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval, 15-degrees banking in turns).

Distance: 300 miles, 200 laps

Last race: Dario Franchitti won in only his second race back in IndyCar, and only his second race driving an open-wheel car for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.

Last year: Dan Wheldon won even though Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon led 145 of the first 151 laps.

Fast facts: Helio Castroneves, recently acquitted of tax evasion charges, will be running his first oval race since winning at Chicago last September. He’ll race at Indy next month and compete in as many races as he can in hopes of winning his first IRL season championship.


Bahrain Grand Prix

Site: Sakhir, Bahrain

Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (SPEED, 4 a.m.); Sunday, race (Speed, 4:30 a.m.)

Track: Bahrain Int’l Circuit (road course, 3.37 miles, 15 turns)

Distance: 191.53 miles, 57 laps

Last race: Sebastian Vettel gave the Red Bull team its first Formula One victory.

Last year: Felipe Massa won his second straight Bahrain Grand Prix, edging teammate Kimi Raikkonen by 3.339 seconds.

Fast facts: Ferrari is off to its worst start in 28 years . . . After a 1-2 finish in Shanghai, Red Bull is second in the constructors’ standings after three races, trailing Brawn GP by 16.5 points.


O’Reilly Auto Parts 250

Site: Kansas City, Kan.

Schedule: Saturday, qualifying; Saturday, race (Speed, 2:30 p.m.)

Track: Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval, 15-degrees banking in turns)

Distance: 250.5 miles, 167 laps

Last race: Kevin Harvick passed Kyle Busch with just over nine laps to go and held onto win at Martinsville.

Last year: Defending champion Ron Hornaday Jr. held off teammate Jack Sprague by 0.149 seconds.

Fast facts: Kyle Busch will be in Talladega, leaving the points lead open, and it will likely be taken over by Todd Bodine, Ron Hornaday Jr. or Mike Skinner.

Citizen Online Archive, 2006-2009

This archive contains all the stories that appeared on the Tucson Citizen's website from mid-2006 to June 1, 2009.

In 2010, a power surge fried a server that contained all of videos linked to dozens of stories in this archive. Also, a server that contained all of the databases for dozens of stories was accidentally erased, so all of those links are broken as well. However, all of the text and photos that accompanied some stories have been preserved.

For all of the stories that were archived by the Tucson Citizen newspaper's library in a digital archive between 1993 and 2009, go to Morgue Part 2

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