|AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 19 June 2013 08:12|
TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350
Site: Sonoma, Calif.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 4-8 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 2-4 p.m.), Sunday, race, 3 p.m. (TNT, 2-6:30 p.m.).
Track: Sonoma Raceway (road course, 1.99 miles).
Race distance: 218.9 miles, 110 laps.
Last year: Clint Bowyer raced to his first victory on a road course, and first with Michael Waltrip Racing, leading 70 laps.
Last week: Greg Biffle won at Michigan for the second straight time, holding off Kevin Harvick after points leader Jimmie Johnson smacked the wall in the final laps. The victory was Ford's 1,000th in Cup, Nationwide and Truck competition.
Fast facts: Johnson has a 31-point lead over Carl Edwards. Johnson and Matt Kenseth are tied for the series victory lead with three. Harvick and Kyle Busch have each won twice. ... Jeff Gordon has a Cup-record nine road-course wins, five at Sonoma and four at Watkins Glen. Tony Stewart has seven road-course victories, two at Sonoma and five at Watkins Glen. ... Juan Pablo Montoya won the 2007 race for his first Cup victory. He also won in 2010 at Watkins Glen. Before joining NASCAR, the Colombian won seven Formula One races, the 1999 Champ Car title and 11 open-wheel races. ... The cars will qualify in groups instead of single-car runs. ... Marcos Ambrose has won the last two races at Watkins Glen.
Next race: Quaker State 400, June 29, Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky.
JOHNSONVILLE SAUSAGE 200
Site: Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, noon-1:30 p.m.), race, 5 p.m. (ESPN, 5-8:30 p.m.)
Track: Road America (road course, 4.048 miles).
Race distance: 202.4 miles, 50 laps.
Last year: Nelson Piquet Jr. won in his third Nationwide start. The Brazilian, a former Formula One driver and the son of three-time F1 champion Nelson Piquet, started from the pole.
Last week: Regan Smith raced to his second victory of the year, holding off Kyle Larson in the final 10 laps at Michigan to more than double his lead in the season standings.
Fast facts: Smith has a 58-point lead over Sam Hornish Jr. ... AJ Allmendinger is driving for Penske Racing and also is scheduled to run the series' August event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. ... Brian Vickers also is racing in the Sprint Cup event Sunday at Sonoma. ... Two-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion Andrew Ranger is attempting to qualify for his first series start of the year.
Next race: Feed The Children 300, June 28, Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky.
CAMPING WORLD TRUCK
Next race: UNOH 225, June 27, Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky.
Last race: Jeb Burton won at Texas on June 7 for his first series victory. The 20-year-old Burton is the son of 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton and nephew of Sprint Cup driver Jeff Burton.
IOWA CORN INDY 250
Site: Newton, Iowa.
Schedule: Saturday, practice; qualifying heat races; Sunday, race, 3:05 p.m. (ABC, 2:30-5 p.m.).
Track: Iowa Speedway (oval, 0.875 miles).
Race distance: 218.75 miles, 250 laps.
Last year: Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay won the second of his three straight victories, taking the wreck-filled event under caution. Hunter-Reay finished the season with four victories and won his first series championship.
Last week: Hunter-Reay raced to his second victory of the season, winning at the Milwaukee Mile for the second year in a row and third time in his career.
Fast facts: Andretti Autosport has won the last three races at the track. Tony Kanaan, the Indianapolis 500 winner this year for KV Racing, won in 2010 for Andretti, and Marco Andretti took the 2011 race. ... Team Penske's Helio Castroneves leads the season standings, 16 points ahead of Hunter-Reay. ... The field will be set in three heat races. ... Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti won at the track in 2007 and 2009. ... The Indy Lights race is Saturday night.
Next race: Pocono IndyCar 400, July 7, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa.
NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING
NEW ENGLAND NATIONALS
Site: Epping, N.H.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 8-10 p.m.; Sunday, final eliminations, (ESPN2, 7-10 p.m.).
Track: New England Dragway and Motorsports Park.
Last year: Inaugural event.
Last week: John Force won the Thunder Valley Nationals to end a 31-event Funny Car winless streak. The 64-year-old Force raced to his record 135th career victory and fourth at Bristol Dragway, beating Cruz Pedregon in the final round. Steve Torrence won the Top Fuel event, and Rodger Brogdon topped the Pro Stock field.
Fast facts: The facility, constructed in 1966, has a new concrete racing surface. ... Seven-time champion Tony Schumacher leads the Top Fuel standings, a point ahead of Shawn Langdon. ... Matt Hagan has a 16-point lead over Johnny Gray in the Funny Car standings. ... Mike Edwards leads the Pro Stock standings.
Next event: Route 66 NHRA Nationals, June 27-30, Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Ill.
Next race: British Grand Prix, June 30, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, England.
Last race: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the Canadian Grand Prix on June 9 for his third victory of the year. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was second.
AUTOMOBILE CLUB DE L'OUEST: 24 Hours of Le Mans, Saturday-Sunday (Speed, Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4-7 p.m., 7:30 p.m.-9:30 a.m.). Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France. Online: http://www.lemans.org
ARCA RACING SERIES: Scott 160, Saturday, Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. Online: http://www.arcaracing.com
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Friday, River Cities Speedway, Grand Forks, N.D.; Saturday, I-94 Speedway, Fergus Falls, Minn. Late Model: Thursday, Brighton Speedway, Brighton, Ontario; Sunday, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, Ontario. Super DirtCar: Sunday, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, Ontario. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com
U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Sprint Car: Friday, Terre Haute Action Track, Terre Haute, Ind.; Saturday, I-96 Speedway, Lake Odessa, Mich. Online: http://www.usacracing.com