AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance Print
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Wednesday, 08 June 2011 04:02
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INDYCAR
Firestone Twin 275s
Site: Fort Worth, Texas.
Schedule: Friday, practice, qualifying (Versus, 6-7:30 p.m.); Saturday, races, 8:45 p.m. (Versus, 7:30 p.m.-midnight).
Track: Texas Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distances: 171 miles, 114 laps.
Last year: Ryan Briscoe won for owner Roger Penske, pulling away from second-place Danica Patrick in the 250.5-mile, 167-lap race.
Last race: On May 29 in the Indianapolis 500, JR Hildebrand skidded into the wall on the final turn, giving Dan Wheldon an improbable victory. Wheldon also won in 2005.
Fast facts: The doubleheader is the first in major open-wheel racing since Rick Mears swept a CART event in Atlanta in 1981. CART and USAC had 17 doubleheaders from 1967 to 1981. ... Half the usual points will be awarded in each race in the dual event that replaces the Firestone 550k. There will be an hour between races and drivers will have a blind draw to determine starting spots for the second race. ... Helio Castroneves won at the track in 2004, '06 and '09. ... Wheldon is set to work as an analyst on Versus' TV coverage. ... Will Power, the winner this year on road courses in Alabama and Sao Paulo, tops the overall season standings. Dario Franchitti is second, 16 points back. He won the season-opening St. Petersburg race.
Next race: The Milwaukee 225, June 19, The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis.
Online: http://www.indycar.com
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NASCAR
Pocono 500
Site: Long Pond, Pa.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 12:30-2 p.m., 3:30-5 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.); Sunday, 1 p.m. (TNT, noon-5:30 p.m.).
Track: Pocono Raceway (triangle, 2.5 miles).
Race distance: 500 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Denny Hamlin raced to his fourth Pocono victory and the fourth of his eight 2011 wins. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch was second.
Last week: Brad Keselowski won at Kansas Speedway for Penske Racing, stretching his fuel perfectly for his second Sprint Cup victory. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second.
Fast facts: Car owner Richard Childress was fined $150,000 on Monday for assaulting Busch after the Trucks race Saturday at Kansas Speedway. The 65-year-old Childress apparently approached Busch, placed him in a headlock and punched him several times. Childress was upset that Busch bumped into RCR driver Joey Coulter on the cool-down lap. ... Earnhardt is winless in 106 races. ... Carl Edwards leads the series standings. ... Greg Biffle won the Pennsylvania 500 at the track in August. ... Sam Hornish Jr. is filling in for Travis Kvapil in Front Row Motorsports' No. 38 Ford. Kvapil is racing in the Trucks event in Texas.
Next race: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400, June 19, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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CAMPING WORLD TRUCKS
WinStar World Casino 400k
Site: Fort Worth, Texas.
Schedule: Thursday, practice, qualifying; Friday, race, 9 p.m. (Speed, 8:30-11:30 p.m.).
Track: Texas Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 250.5 miles, 167 laps.
Last year: Todd Bodine raced to his record sixth Texas Motor Speedway victory in the Trucks Series, holding off Johnny Sauter.
Last week: Clint Bowyer won at Kansas Speedway, leading 142 laps of 167 laps in Kevin Harvick Inc.'s No. 2 Chevrolet. Bowyer is from Emporia, Kan. Sauter was second.
Fast facts: Bodine is the only Trucks driver to win six times at one track. He won four times last year en route to his second season championship .... Sauter, the Martinsville winner, leads the series standings. He's the lone series regular to win in the first eight races. ... David Mayhew will drive Harvick's Chevy.
Next race: UNOH 225, July 7, Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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NATIONWIDE
Next race: Alliance Truck Parts 250, June 18, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.
Last week: Justin Allgaier won at Chicagoland Speedway, catching and passing Carl Edwards on the final lap as both cars ran out of fuel.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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FORMULA ONE
Canadian Grand Prix
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 2-3:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 2-3:30 p.m.) Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (FOX, 1-3 p.m.).
Track: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (road course, 2.71 miles).
Race distance: 189.7 miles, 70 laps.
Last year: Lewis Hamilton won at the track for the second time in four years, holding off McLaren teammate Jenson Button.
Last race: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the Monaco Grand Prix on May 29 for his fifth victory in six races this season, beating Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
Fast facts: The race, a fixture at the track since 1978, returned to the schedule last year after being dropped in 2009 because of failed negotiations with event organizers. ... Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, in his second season with Mercedes GP after a three-year retirement, won at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 1994, '97, '98, 2000, '02, '03 and '04. He has a record 91 victories. ... Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix in April. ... The course sits on Ile Notre-Dame, a slender landfill island off the southern bank of the St. Lawrence River. The track was renamed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve soon after the Canadian star was killed in a crash during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix. Villeneuve's son, Jacques, won the 1997 F1 title.
Next race: European Grand Prix, June 26, Valencia Street Circuit, Valencia, Spain.
Online: http://www.formula1.com
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NHRA FULL THROTTLE
Next event: Thunder Valley Nationals, June 17-19, Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.
Last week: Spencer Massey raced to his second straight Top Fuel victory, beating points leader Del Worsham in the SuperNationals in Englishtown, N.J. Mike Neff (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.
Online: http://www.nhra.com
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OTHER RACES
AUTOMOBILE CLUB DE L'OUEST: 24 Hours of Le Mans, Saturday-Sunday (Speed, Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 3:30-8 p.m., 11 p.m.-9:30 a.m.). Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France. Online: http://www.lemans.org
ARCA RACING SERIES: Pocono ARCA 200, Saturday (Speed, 8-10 p.m.), Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa. Online: http://www.arcaracing.com
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car, MEDIACOM Shootout, Friday-Saturday, Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, Iowa. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com
 

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