Share this article

print logo

Starting line / This week's racing

>Nextel Cup

Event: Pepsi 400

Site: Daytona Beach, Fla.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 4 p.m.); Saturday, race (TNT, 6:30 p.m.).

Track: Daytona International Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles, 31 degrees banking in turns).

Race distance: 400 miles, 160 laps.

Last race: A two-tire gamble for Denny Hamlin paid off with his first Nextel Cup victory of the season at New Hampshire International Speedway. Hamlin edged Jeff Gordon by 0.068 seconds -- less than a car length.

Last year: Last year: Tony Stewart was back to his on-track dominance and off-track hijinks, winning his second straight Pepsi 400 by charging to the lead with two laps to go. He then celebrated with his trademark climbing of the fence.

Fast facts: Kevin Harvick won the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, but is winless in a Cup points race since then. . . . Jeff Gordon finished second at New Hampshire, Dale Earnhardt Jr. fourth and Jimmie Johnson fifth despite having their crew chiefs suspended six races last week for inspection violations. . . . The race was lengthened to 400 miles in 1963.

Next race: USG Sheetrock 400, July 15, Joliet, Ill.


>IndyCar Series

Event: Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix.

Site: Watkins Glen

Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 1:30 p.m.; Sunday, race (ABC, 3:30 p.m.).

Track: Watkins Glen International (permanent road course, 3.4 miles, 11 turns).

Race distance: 204 miles, 60 laps.

Last race: Pole-sitter Dario Franchitti led all but nine laps and held off Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon with the help of a late caution, giving the points leader his first IndyCar Series victory at Richmond. It was his third victory of the season.

Last year: Scott Dixon won a slippery battle of attrition that took Marco Andretti and several others, holding off Vitor Meira and Ryan Briscoe in a one-lap shootout to capture the Indy Grand Prix at Watkins Glen for the second straight year.

Fast facts: Franchitti padded his lead in the standings to 65 points over Dixon. Wheldon and Tony Kanaan are 72 back. . . . Danica Patrick has five top-10 finishes in her last six starts. . . . Inclement weather canceled both qualifying sessions in this event's history.

Next race: Firestone 200, July 14, Gladeville, Tenn.


>Champ Car Series

Event: Grand Prix of Toronto.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 1:15 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 1:15 p.m.; Sunday, race (ESPN, 1 p.m.).

Track: Exhibition Place (temporary road course, 1.755 miles, 11 turns).

Race distance: Undetermined, timed race (1 hour, 45 minutes).

Last race: Robert Doornbos drove to his first career win at the inaugural Champ Car Mont-Tremblant, but it was marred by poor sportsmanship.

Last year: A.J. Allmendinger, the only American driver in the series, won the Molson Grand Prix of Toronto for his third victory in a row, the first U.S.-born driver to accomplish that feat since Al Unser Jr. in 1994.

Fast facts: Doornbos has four top-three finishes in six races. He and Sebastien Bourdais are tied atop the standings with 145 points. . . . During the 2005 event, Canadian Paul Tracy was involved in an early crash with Bourdais, continued on without his left front wing and was leading until he ran out of gas and quit the race. . . . The first Molson Indy took place in 1986 before a sold-out crowd of 60,000.

Next race: Grand Prix of Edmonton, July 22.


>Busch Series

Event: Winn-Dixie 250.

Site: Daytona Beach, Fla.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying (ESPN 2, 1 p.m.), race (ESPN 2, 7:30 p.m.).

Track: Daytona International Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles, 31 degrees banking in turns).

Race distance: 250 miles, 100 laps.

Last race: Kevin Harvick held off a late challenge by Carl Edwards to grab his second Busch victory of the season at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Next race: USG Sheetrock 400, July 15, Joliet, Ill.


>Formula One

Event: British Grand Prix.

Site: Silverstone.

Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 8 a.m.); Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (FOX, 1 p.m., tape).

Track: Silverstone Circuit (road course, 3.194 miles, 14 turns).

Race distance: 191.64 miles, 60 laps.

Last race: Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa gave Ferrari a sweep of the top two places at the French Grand Prix, ending McLaren's winning streak at three Formula One races. The Finn finished the 2.74-mile circuit in 1 hour, 30 minutes, 54.200 seconds. Massa, a Brazilian, was nearly 2 1/2 seconds behind.

Next race: German Grand Prix, July 22, Nuerburgring.


>Western New York

Lancaster Raceway Park: IHRA Wackie Wheelie Night Friday, 7 p.m.; ROC Modified Firecracker 75, 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Holland Speedway: No Racing This Week Only.

Ransomville Speedway: CWM Chemical/EZ Oil Advance Auto Parts Modified Super Dirt Car Series 100, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Freedom Raceway: Dirt Track Racing, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Genesee Speedway: 5 Star Program, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Merrittville Speedway: Twin 20, 4-Cylinder Shootout, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Humberstone Speedway: Firefighter Appreciation Night, Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

Wyoming County: Twin SST Sportsman Races, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Casual Sunday Series, Sunday, 2:30 p.m.

McKean (Pa.) County: Lee Anderson Street Stock Memorial, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Stateline Speedway: Super Challenger Double Nickel Races, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Lake Erie Speedway: NASCAR Whelen Series, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Watkins Glen: Camping World Indy Car Grand Prix, Friday-Sunday. Check for times.

There are no comments - be the first to comment