AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance Print
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SPRINT CUP
GOBOWLING.COM 400
Site: Long Pond, Pa.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 1-2:30 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 3-5 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 9-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (ESPN, noon-5 p.m.).
Track: Pocono Raceway (triangle, 2.5 miles).
Race distance: 400 miles, 160 laps.
Last year: Jeff Gordon won the rain-shortened race marred by the death of a fan hit by lightning in the parking lot behind the grandstand.
Last week: Ryan Newman fulfilled his childhood dream growing up in Indiana, winning the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Fast facts: Five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson leads the season standings, 75 points ahead of Clint Bowyer. The June winner at the track, Johnson is attempting to sweep the Pocono races for the second time. He accomplished the feat in 2004. ... Johnson and Matt Kenseth share the series victory lead with four. Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch each have two wins. ... Gordon has a record six Pocono victories. Denny Hamlin has won four times at the track.
Next race: Cheez-it 355 at The Glen, Aug. 11, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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NATIONWIDE
U.S. CELLULAR 250
Site: Newton, Iowa.
Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, qualifying, race, 8 p.m. (ESPN, 7:30-10:30 p.m.).
Track: Iowa Speedway (oval, 0.875 miles).
Race distance: 218.75 miles, 250 laps.
Last year: Elliott Sadler raced to the last of his four 2012 victories.
Last week: Kyle Busch won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his eighth victory of the year and series-record 59th overall win.
Fast facts: Austin Dillon leads the season standings, six points ahead of Regan Smith. Dillon won the Truck Series race last week at Eldora Speedway, NASCAR's first dirt race in a top touring series since 1970. ... Drive For Diversity driver Ryan Gifford is making his first national series start. He will drive Richard Childress Racing's No. 33 Chevrolet. ... Trevor Bayne won the rain-delayed race at the track in June.
Next race: ZIPPO 200, Aug. 10, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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CAMPING WORLD TRUCK
PENNSYLVANIA MOUNTAINS 125
Site: Long Pond, Pa.
Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 10-11:30 a.m.), race, 1 p.m. (Speed, 12:30-3 p.m.).
Track: Pocono Raceway (triangle, 2.5 miles).
Race distance: 125 miles, 50 laps.
Last year: Joey Coulter raced to his first series victory, taking the lead on the final restart.
Last week: Austin Dillon won at Eldora Speedway in NASCAR's first dirt race in a top touring series since 1970.
Fast facts: Matt Crafton leads the season standings, 48 points ahead of Jeb Burton. ... Two-time series champion Todd Bodine is returning with a new team, driving the No. 30 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet. Bodine began the season with ThorSport Racing.
Next race: Michigan National Guard 200, Aug. 17, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.
Online: http://www.nascar.com
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IZOD INDYCAR
HONDA INDY 200
Site: Lexington, Ohio.
Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 5-6 p.m.); Sunday, race, 3:33 p.m. (NBC Sports Network, 3-6 p.m.).
Track: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (road course, 2.258 miles).
Race distance: 203.22 miles, 90 laps.
Last year: Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon won at Mid-Ohio for the fourth time in six years, holding off Team Penske's Will Power.
Last events: Dixon became IndyCar's active victory leader with 32, following his Pocono win with a doubleheader sweep in Toronto on July 13 and 14. He's seventh on the career list.
Fast facts: Penske's Helio Castroneves leads the season standings, 29 points ahead of Dixon. ... Andretti Autosport's James Hinchcliffe has three victories - two on street courses - this season. ... The 40-lap Indy Lights race also is Sunday (NBC Sports Network, 2-3 p.m.).
Next race: Grand Prix of Sonoma, Aug. 25, Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif.
Online: http://www.indycar.com
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NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING
NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS
Site: Kent, Wash.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 10 p.m.-midnight); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 7-10 p.m.).
Track: Pacific Raceways.
Last year: Courtney Force and Erica Enders combined for the first female double in NHRA history. Force raced to her first Funny Car victory, and Enders topped the Pro Stock field. Steve Torrence won in Top Fuel.
Last week: Ron Capps raced to his second Funny Car victory of the season, beating John Force in the final for his fourth Sonoma win. Shawn Langdon won in Top Fuel, Vincent Nobile topped the Pro Stock field, and Hector Arana Jr. won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Fast facts: There are three regular-season events left until the six-race Countdown to the Championship. ... Langdon leads the Top Fuel standings, 102 points ahead of Spencer Masset and 104 ahead of seven-time champion Tony Schumacher. Langdon has four victories this season. ... Matt Hagan has a 27-point lead over Capps in Funny Car, and Mike Edwards tops the Pro Stock standings.
Next event: Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Aug. 15-18, Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.
Online: http://www.nhra.com
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FORMULA ONE
Next race: Belgian Grand Prix, Aug. 25, Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.
Last week: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix to match Michael Schumacher's track victory record of four.
Online: http://www.formula1.com
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OTHER RACES
ARCA RACING SERIES: ModSpace 125, Friday (Speed, 5-6:30 p.m.), Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa. Online: http://www.arcaracing.com
U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Silver Crown: Hustle on the High Banks, Friday, Belleville High Banks, Belleville, Kan. Online: http://www.usacracing.com
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Ironman 55, Saturday, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Pevely, Mo. Late Model: USA Nationals 100, Saturday, Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com
 

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