THE RACE: Goody’s Cool Orange 500; Martinsville (Va.) Speedway; 500 laps of 0.526-mile oval
WHEN/TV/RADIO: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Fox (Channel 5), KCYE-FM (104.3)
QUALIFYING/TV: 12:30 p.m. today, Speed Channel (Digital 329)
LAST WINNER: Jeff Burton
2007 WINNER: Jimmie Johnson
FAST FACTS: Jimmie Johnson has won the last three races at Martinsville and has combined with teammate Jeff Gordon to win eight of the last 10 at the track.
NEXT: April 6, Fort Worth, Texas
No racing this weekend
NEXT: April 5, Fort Worth, Texas
THE RACE: Kroger 250; Martinsville; 250 laps
WHEN/TV: Noon Saturday, Fox (5)
QUALIFYING/TV: 7 a.m., Speed Channel (Digital 329)
LAST WINNER: Kyle Busch
2007 WINNER: Mike Skinner
NEXT: April 26, Kansas City, Kan.
LAS VEGAS: Sept. 20
NHRA DRAG RACING
THE RACE: Spring Nationals; Houston Raceway, Baytown, Texas
WHEN: Today through Sunday
TV: Qualifying, 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2 (Cable 31), tape; eliminations, 1:30 p.m., ESPN2, tape
2007 WINNERS: J.R. Todd (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock), Angelle Sampey (Pro Stock Motorcycle)
NEXT: April 10-13, Las Vegas
MORE LAS VEGAS: Oct. 30-Nov. 2
INDY RACING LEAGUE
THE RACE: Gainsco 300; Homstead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Fla.; 200 laps of 1.5-mile oval
WHEN/TV: 5 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2 (Cable 31)
FAST FACTS: Season opener is first race since Champ Car teams have joined. … Expected starting field of 26 cars would be IRL’s largest non-Indy 500 lineup in eight years. … First race since Sam Hornish Jr. and reigning series champion Dario Franchitti left to join NASCAR.
2007 WINNER: Dan Wheldon
NEXT: April 6, St. Petersburg, Fla.
No racing this weekend
NEXT: April 6, Sakhir, Bahrain
THE RACE: Grand Prix of Miami (Grand Am Sports Car Series); Homestead-Miami Speedway; 2.3-mile road course with 11 turns
WHEN/TV: 3 p.m. Saturday, Speed (Digital 329), tape
NEXT: April 17-19, Mexico City
TODAY-SATURDAY: Monster Jam World Finals (monster trucks), noon-5 p.m. pit party, 7-10 p.m. racing, Sam Boyd Stadium
TODAY-SUNDAY: Mopars at the Strip (Chrysler drag race, car show and swap meet), 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Las Vegas Motor Speedway dragstrip
SATURDAY: SNORE Mint 400 (desert race), 7 a.m., east of Interstate 15 between Jean and Primm
NASCAR All-American Series (Super Late Models, Modifieds, Late Models, Legends, Chargers, Bandoleros), 5:30 p.m. heat races, feature races 7 p.m., LVMS Bullring
INFO: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS.com, 644-4444), LVMS Bullring (632-8422), LVMS dragstrip (632-8459), Death Valley Raceway (775 209-5291), TheMint400.com, MoparsAtTheStrip.com.
TIMES AND EVENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE