Motorsports this weekend: February 25-26

NHRA: Melanie Troxel (pictured after her Winternationals brakout victory) is looking to make it two in a row in Top Fuel this weekend at Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Arizona. The race will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD, for you high-def early adopters.

TV coverage 7:00pm Sunday, ESPN2.

NASCAR: After an eventful season-opener in Daytona, the circus moves to the left coast this weekend, for the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway. Without the restrictor plates this weekend, it's a whole new ballgame. Daytona winner Jimmie Johnson, a previous winner in California, will be without crew chief Chad Knaus this weekend, as he rides out a 3-race suspension handed down by NASCAR for fielding an illegal car for Daytona qualifying.

Nextel Cup TV coverage Sunday, 3:30pm ET on FOX. Craftsman Truck Series Friday, 9:00pm ET on SPEED, Busch Series Saturday, 6:00pm ET on FX.

A1GP: The World Cup of Motorsport is racing in Monterrey, Mexico this weekend. Indy Car regular Bryan Herta takes over the Team USA seat this weekend, with fellow Indy regular Patrick Carpentier joining Sean McIntosh for Team Canada. Other familiar faces include Christian Fittipaldi (Brazil), Alex Yoong (Malaysia), and Jos Verstappen (Netherlands). These races are wildly entertaining - well worth some disk space on your TiVo.

Same day TV coverage this time!! Sunday, 6:00pm ET on OLN.

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