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Racing Preview: Martinsville, St. Pete, and NHRA Action

Adam AmickSenior Writer IMay 26, 2016

The Goody's Cool Orange 500 will air live on FOX Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. SPEED Channel will cover practice and qualifying on Saturday.

Penske's yellow DHL-sponsored Porsche Spyders will look to rebound after Sebring, where newcomer Acura drove away with the P2 Class win.  At one point, in fact, it looked as if Andretti-Green's first outing in ALMS might yield an overall win. 

Corvette Racing is practically begging for some competition in the GT1 Class, as its drivers have taken to racing each other to hone their skills.  The C-6Rs performed flawlessly during the 12-hour grind at Sebring, which they used as a warmup for the 24 Hours of LeMans in June. The lone non-factory Aston Martin car would consider second place a win.

The GT2 Class, in contrast, provided the closest finish in Sebring history two weeks ago.  Ferrari edged out Porsche by a length at the flag—after the lead changed hands twice on the final half-lap.  The GT2 may be the slowest class of cars on the grid at St. Pete, but it's also where you'll find the most exciting action.

Brandon Bernstein, son of drag racing legend Kenny Bernstein, will look to repeat as Top Fuel champion at HRP. Ron Capps will defend in Funny Car, Mike Edwards is the man to beat in in Pro-Stock, and Angelle Sampey defends her title in the Pro-Stock Bike class.

Qualifying for the NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals will air on ESPN 2 Saturday night at 7:00 EDT, with elimination starting Sunday at 4:00 PM on the Deuce.

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