AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance Print
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Site: Indianapolis.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 1-4:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (ESPN2, 10-11:30 a.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 2-4:30 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (ESPN, noon-5 p.m.).
Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (oval, 2.5 miles).
Race distance: 400 miles, 160 laps.
Last year: Jamie McMurray became the third driver to win the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same year. Kevin Harvick was second.
Last race: Ryan Newman raced to his first victory of the year, holding off boss and teammate Tony Stewart on July 17 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Fast facts: Carl Edwards leads the season standings, seven points ahead of five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson. ... Tony Stewart, from Indiana, won the 2005 and 2007 races. ... Jeff Gordon has a series-high four victories at the track. ... Juan Pablo Montoya won the 2000 Indianapolis 500. ... Scott Speed is attempting to qualify in Max Q Motorsports' No. 37 car.
Next race: Pennsylvania 500, Aug. 7, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa.
Site: Clermont, Ind.
Schedule: Saturday, practice (ESPN2, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 4:30-5:30 p.m.), race, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN, 7-10 p.m.).
Track: Lucas Oil Raceway (oval, 0.686 miles).
Race distance: 137.2 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Kyle Busch raced to the eighth of his record 13 series victories, holding off Carl Edwards. Busch also won at the track in 2004 and 2008.
Last week: Edwards raced to his fifth victory of the year and fifth series win at Nashville Superspeedway. Roush Fenway teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was second.
Fast facts: Busch won two weeks ago at New Hampshire to tie Mark Martin for the series record with 49 victories and become the third driver to win 100 races in NASCAR's three national series. Busch also has 22 Cup victories and 29 Trucks wins. He has six Nationwide victories this season. ... Action sports star Travis Pastrana is making his Nationwide debut. ... Reed Sorenson leads the season standings, five points ahead of Stenhouse and 14 points in front of Elliott Sadler.
Next race: U.S. Cellular 250. Aug. 6, Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa.
Site: Clermont, Ind.
Schedule: Friday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 4:30-5:30 p.m.), race, 7:30 p.m. (Speed, 7-10 p.m.).
Track: Lucas Oil Raceway (oval, 0.686 miles).
Race distance: 137.2 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Ron Hornaday Jr. raced to his fourth win at the track, leading 129 laps. He has won the race the last two years and three of the last four.
Last week: Austin Dillon won at Nashville Superspeedway, passing points leader Johnny Sauter with 23 laps left. Sauter finished second.
Fast facts: Josh Richards is driving Kyle Busch's No. 18 Toyota. Busch has five victories in eight races in the truck this year. ... Sauter has an 18-point lead over Dillon in the season standings.
Next race: Pocono Mountains 125, Aug. 6, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa.
Site: Budapest, Hungary.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 8-9:30 a.m.), Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 8-9:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (Speed, 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 4:30-7 p.m.).
Track: Hungaroring (road course, 2.72 miles).
Race distance: 190.53 miles, 70 laps.
Last year: Mark Webber won the last of his four 2010 victories, taking advantage of Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel's penalty for falling too far behind the safety car.
Last week: McLaren's Lewis Hamilton won the German Grand Prix for his second victory of the season, beating Ferrari's Fernando Alonso by 3.9 seconds.
Fast facts: Defending series champion Vettel, a six-time winner this season, leads the season standings with 216 points. Webber is second with 139, and Hamilton third with 134. ... Vettel was fourth last week at Nuerburgring, the first time this season he failed to finish first or second.
Next race: Belgian Grand Prix, Aug. 28, Spa-Francorchamps, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.
Site: Sonoma, Calif.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 5:30-7 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m.).
Track: Infineon Raceway.
Last year: Ron Capps ended a one-year Funny Car winless streak, beating Jack Beckman in the final. Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) and Michael Phillips (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.
Last week: John Force won the Mile-High Nationals for his first Funny Car victory of the season and record 133rd overall. Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Karen Stoffer (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.
Fast facts: John Force Racing's Mike Neff, a four-time winner this year, tops the Funny Car standings - 192 points ahead of Robert Hight. The 62-year-old Force is seventh, 384 points back. Del Worsham leads the Funny Car race, 68 ahead of Massey. Jason Line has the Pro Stock lead, and Stoffer tops the Pro Stock Motorcycle class.
Next event: O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals, Aug. 5-7, Pacific Raceways, Kent, Wash.
Next race: Honda Indy 200, Aug. 7, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio.
Last week: Will Power won the Edmonton Indy for his fourth victory of the year, holding off Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves.
ARCA RACING SERIES: Ansell Protective Gloves 200, Thursday (Speed, 8-10 p.m.), Lucas Oil Raceway, Clermont, Ind. Online:
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Friday, Brockville-Ontario Speedway, Brockville, Ontario; Saturday, Autodrome Drummond, Drummondville, Quebec. Late Model: Sunday, Eriez Speedway, Hammett, Pa. Super DirtCar: Bob St. Amand Memorial 100, Monday, Merrittville Speedway, Thorold, Ontario. Online:
U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Silver Crown, J.D. Byrider 100, Thursday, Lucas Oil Raceway, Clermont, Ind. Online:


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Kurt Busch #41 +250
Denny Hamlin #11 +275
Joey Logano #22 +275
Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 +275
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