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>Nextel Cup

Event: USG Sheetrock 400.

Site: Joliet, Ill.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 4 p.m.); Sunday, race (TNT, 2:30 p.m.).

Track: Chicagoland Speedway (tri-oval, 1.5 miles, 18 degrees banking in turns).

Race distance: 400 miles, 267 laps.

Last race: Jamie McMurray ended a 166-race winless streak in dramatic fashion, rallying from 35th after an early penalty for driving below the yellow line to set up a drag race with Kyle Busch to the finish of the Pepsi 400.

Last year: Jeff Gordon spun out Matt Kenseth with four laps to go, then held on to win the USG Sheetrock 400. Fans showered the track with debris after the race, an apparent protest of Gordon's racing tactics.

Fast facts: McMurray is 13th in the standings, 49 points shy of the final Chase for the Championship slot. He gained 135 points on 12th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was knocked out of last week's race after an accident. . . . Gordon has been among the top-10 in the standings for 37 weeks, the second longest active streak in the Nextel Cup. Jeff Burton has been there for 44 straight weeks.

Next race: Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, July 29, Indianapolis.

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>Busch Series

Event: USG Durock 300.

Site: Joliet, Ill.

Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (ESPN 2, 11 a.m.), race (ABC, 3 p.m.).

Track: Chicagoland Speedway (tri-oval, 1.5 miles, 18 degrees banking in turns).

Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps.

Last race: A risky maneuver propelled Kyle Busch to the front and eventually to his first NASCAR victory at Daytona International Speedway -- a win in the rain-delayed Winn-Dixie 250. Busch saw several cars clustered around the inside lane and another one crawling along in the outside lane. He swerved right, drove through the grass, passed several cars and took the lead coming off pit road. NASCAR officials reviewed the move, but decided not to penalize Busch.

Fast facts: NASCAR has determined the springs it confiscated from the No. 5 Chevrolet of Busch after last week's race at Daytona International Speedway are legal. . . . The top eight spots at Daytona went to Nextel Cup regulars.

Next race: Gateway 250, July 21, Madison, Ill.

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>Craftsman Trucks

Event: Built Ford Tough 225.

Site: Sparta, Ky.

Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 4 p.m., race (Speed Channel, 7:30 p.m.).

Track: Kentucky Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles, 14 degrees banking in turns).

Race distance: 225 miles, 150 laps.

Next race: Power Stroke Diesel 200, July 27, Indianapolis.

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>Indy Racing League

Event: Firestone Indy 200.

Site: Lebanon, Tenn.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 6:15 p.m.; Saturday, race (ESPN, 7:30 p.m.).

Track: Nashville Superspeedway (tri-oval, 1.33 miles, 14 degrees banking in turns).

Race distance: 266 miles, 200 laps.

Last race: Scott Dixon regained the lead after a fast pit stop on lap 45 and held off Sam Hornish Jr., series leader Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan and Marco Andretti over the final 14 laps to win the Watkins Glen Grand Prix. It was Dixon's third straight victory at the 3.4-mile, 11-turn natural road course and seventh of his IndyCar Series career.

Next race: Honda 200, July 22, Lexington, Ohio

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Event: Mopar Mile-High Nationals.

Site: Morrison, Colo.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 6:45 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 3:15 p.m. (ESPN 2, 10 p.m., tape); Sunday, eliminations, 2 p.m. (ESPN 2, 9 p.m., tape).

Track: Bandimere Speedway.

Fast facts: John Force's 123rd career victory last week was his first since the 2006 season-ending event at Pomona. He failed to advance past the quarterfinals in any of the first 11 events this season. . . . Brandon Bernstein is 16-5 in final-round action. He jumped back to second in the standings after falling to fourth over the previous three events.

Next event: Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals, July 22, Kent, Wash.

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>Formula One

Last race: Kimi Raikkonen won his second straight race and rookie star Lewis Hamilton made his ninth podium in a row.

Next race: German Grand Prix, July 22, Nuerburgring

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>Western New York

Lancaster Raceway Park: IHRA Pack The Stands Night, Friday, 7 p.m.; Robosaurus, 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Holland Speedway: Debbie Graff Memorial 100 for Cup Lites, Saturday, 7:15 p.m.

Ransomville Speedway: WGR-550 AM Night, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

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

Genesee Speedway: Kid's Poster Night Saturday, 6 p.m.

Little Valley Speedway: $3,000-to-win Summer Super Late Models, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Merrittville Speedway: Lucas Oil 358 Modified Shootout Jerry Winger Memorial, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Humberstone Speedway: 360 Sprints/Vintage Cars, Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

Wyoming County: Kid's Racecar Rides, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Sunoco ROC Modified Tour, Sunday, 2:30 p.m.

McKean County: T3 Modified Series/Jason Dunham Memorial, Tonight, 7 p.m.

Stateline Speedway: $1,000-to-win Super Late Model King of The Hill, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Lake Erie Speedway: Monster Trucks, Friday, Saturday, 8 p.m.

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