AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance Print
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Wednesday, 04 July 2012 04:19
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Site: Daytona Beach. Fla.
Schedule: Thursday, practice (Speed, 4-5:30 p.m., 6:30-8 p.m.); Friday, qualifying (Speed, 4-6:30 p.m.); Saturday, race, 7:30 p.m. (TNT and TRU, 6:30-11 p.m.).
Track: Daytona International Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles).
Race distance: 400 miles, 160 laps.
Last year: David Ragan rebounded to win at the track months after a late-race gaffe cost him a victory in the Daytona 500. Roush Fenway teammate Matt Kenseth was second.
Last week: Brad Keselowski raced to his series-leading third victory of the season, grabbing the lead with 55 laps left at Kentucky Speedway. He also won at Bristol and Talladega in Penske Racing's No. 2 Dodge.
Fast facts: Kenseth leads the season standings, 11 points ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. with nine regular-season races left. Kenseth, leaving Roush Fenway at the end of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing, won the season-opening Daytona 500. ... Keselowski is 10th in the standings. As the season victory leader, he's in position to open the 10-race Chase as the No. 1 seed. ... Roush Fenway's Carl Edwards is winless in 50 races. ... Michael Waltrip is driving the No. 55 Toyota for the second straight week. He shares the Michael Waltrip Racing ride with Mark Martin and Brian Vickers. Three of Waltrip's four Cup victories have come at the track.
Next race: Lenox Industrial Tools 301, July 15, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
Site: Daytona Beach. Fla.
Schedule: Thursday, practice (ESPN2, 2:30-4 p.m.; Speed, 5:30-6:30 p.m.); Friday, qualifying (ESPN2, 2-4 p.m.), race, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN, 7-10 p.m.).
Track: Daytona International Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles).
Race distance: 250 miles, 100 laps.
Last year: Joey Logano won with a last-lap push from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Jason Leffler was second. Busch finished fourth.
Last week: Austin Dillon raced to his first Nationwide victory, dominating at Kentucky Speedway. The No. 3 Chevrolet, fielded by grandfather Richard Childress, failed postrace inspection because it was too low in the rear. On Monday, the team was penalized six points in the standings.
Fast facts: Elliott Sadler leads the standings, four points ahead of Dillon. ... Busch, the series career victory leader with 51, is driving his own No. 54 Toyota. ... Cup driver Logano leads the series with five victories in 11 starts in Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 Toyota. He has won his last two starts and four of his last five. ... Cup drivers Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch also are racing. ... Truck Series regular James Buescher is back in Turner Motorsports' No. 30 Chevrolet after winning the season-opening race at the track.
Next race: F.W. Webb 200, July 14, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
Next race: American Ethanol 200, July 14, Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa.
Last week: James Buescher won at Kentucky Speedway, holding off Brad Keselowski. Buescher also won at Kansas and took the season-opening Nationwide race at Daytona.
Site: Toronto.
Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, practice, qualifying; Sunday, race, 12:30 p.m. (ABC, 12:30-3 p.m.).
Track: Streets of Toronto (street course, 1.75 miles).
Race distance: 148.75 miles, 85 laps.
Last year: Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti raced to the last of his four 2011 victories en route to his third straight season title and fourth overall. He also won a Champ Car race in Toronto in 1999, and the IndyCar event at the track in 2009.
Last race: Ryan Hunter-Reay raced to his second straight victory, winning the wreck-filled event at Iowa Speedway on June 23. Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti was second. Hunter-Reay won the previous week at Milwaukee.
Fast facts: Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500 in May. ... Team Penske's Will Power, the 2007 and 2010 Toronto winner, leads the season standings. Hunter-Reay is second, three points back. ... The race is the sixth of the season on road or street courses. Helio Castroneves won the opener at St. Petersburg, Power swept the next three road races at Alabama, Long Beach and Sao Paulo, and Scott Dixon won at Belle Isle. ... Andretti Autosport's James Hinchcliff is from Toronto. He's fifth in the season standings. ... The 50-lap Indy Lights race is Saturday.
Next race: Edmonton Indy, July 22, Edmonton City Centre Airport, Edmonton, Alberta.
Site: Silverstone, England.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 9-10:30 a.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 8-9:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (FOX, noon-2 p.m.).
Track: Silverstone Circuit (road course, 3.667 miles).
Race distance: 190.6 miles, 52 laps.
Last year: Fernando Alonso gave Ferrari its lone 2011 victory.
Last race: Alonso won the European Grand Prix on June 24 in Spain to become the first two-time winner this year. Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen was second, and Michael Schumacher third for his first podium finish since returning to racing in 2010 with Mercedes.
Fast facts: Alonso leads the season standings, 10 points ahead of Red Bull's Mark Webber. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, the Bahrain winner in April, is 26 points behind Alonso in fourth. Vettel won 11 races last year en route to his second straight season title. ... Test driver Maria de Villota faced life-threatening injuries after her car smashed into a team vehicle Tuesday during testing at a British airfield. The 32-year-old Spanish driver joined Russian-owned Marussia F1 in March. ... In 1950, Silvertone was the site of F1's first race. Giuseppe Farina won in an Alfa Romeo.
Next race: German Grand Prix, July 22, Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany.
Site: Norwalk, Ohio.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 6-7:30 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8-11 p.m.).
Track: Summit Motorsports Park.
Last year: Mike Neff raced to the third of his five 2011 Funny Car victories, beating Ron Capps in the final. Del Worsham won in Top Fuel, Vincent Nobile in Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Last week: Erica Enders became to the first female driver to win an NHRA Pro Stock race, beating four-time series champion Greg Anderson in the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill. Antron Brown won the Top Fuel division, Jeff Arend topped the Funny Car field, and Andrew Hines won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Fast facts: Robert Hight tops the Funny Car standings, 96 points ahead of Capps. Hight won four straight events from February to April. ... Tony Schumacher leads the Top Fuel standings, three points ahead of Brown, Spencer Massey, a three-time winner this season, is 11 points back in third place. ... The K&N Horsepower Challenge is Saturday. Anderson has won the Pro Stock bonus event the last two years.
Next race: Mile-High NHRA Nationals, July 20-22, Bandimere Speedway, Morrison, Colo.
AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES: Northeast Grand Prix, Saturday (Speed, 4-6 p.m.), Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Conn. Online:
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Friday, Cedar Lake Speedway, Somerset, Wis.; Saturday, Beaver Dam Raceway, Beaver Dam, Wis. Late Model: Friday, Amsoil Speedway, Superior, Wis.; Saturday, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. Online:


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