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Starting Line for August 8

NASCAR Sprint Cup

Event: Cheez-It 355 At The Glen. Site: Watkins Glen

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, noon-1:30 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.); Sunday, 1 p.m. (ESPN, noon-4 p.m.).

Track: Watkins Glen International (road course, 2.45 miles).

Race distance: 220.5 miles, 90 laps.

Last year: Australia’s Marcos Ambrose won at the track for the second straight year, passing Brad Keselowski heading to the final turn in a fender-banging duel.

Last week: Kasey Kahne raced to his second victory of the year, passing Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon with two laps left at Pocono.

Pit stops: Tony Stewart is sidelined after breaking his right leg Monday night in a sprint car race in Iowa. Max Papis is taking Stewart’s place this weekend in Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 14 Chevrolet. … Gordon has a Cup-record nine victories on road courses, winning four times at Watkins Glen and five at Sonoma.

Next race: Pure Michigan 400, Aug. 18, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.


Event: Zippo 200. Site: Watkins Glen

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 1:30-4 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 9:30-11 a.m.), race, 2:15 p.m. (Ch. 7, 2-5 p.m.).

Track: Watkins Glen International (road course, 2.45 miles).

Race distance: 200.9 miles, 82 laps.

Last year: Carl Edwards edged Brad Keselowski in a two-lap dash.

Last week: Keselowski won at Iowa Speedway for his third victory in his last three series starts.

Pit stops: Austin Dillon leads the season standings, 14 points ahead of Regan Smith and Sam Hornish Jr. … Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch has eight Nationwide victories this year to push his series-record total to 59. … The race is the second of three road-course events this year.

Next race: Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200, Aug. 17, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio.


Next race: Michigan National Guard 200, Aug. 17, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.

Last week: Ryan Blaney raced to his second victory in 20 career Truck starts, pulling away at Pocono on the second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.


Next race: Grand Prix of Sonoma, Aug. 25, Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif.

Last week: Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball raced to his first series victory, taking the lead with 18 laps to go at Mid-Ohio.


Next race: Belgian Grand Prix, Aug. 25, Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.

Last race: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 28 to match Michael Schumacher’s track victory record of four.

Western New York

Elegant Builders Raceway Park: IHRA Drag Racing, Friday, 7 p.m.; Tom Agen Memorial, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Holland : Driver Appreciation Night, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Ransomville: Double Modified/Sportsman Features, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Raceway 5: Dirt Track Stock Cars, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Merrittville: Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series, Saturday, 7 p.m.

New Humberstone : DIRT.Car Stock Cars, Sunday, 6 p.m.

Wyoming County: Hard Hat & Contractor Night, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Stateline Speedway: Sportsman Special: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Lake Erie Speedway: Street Stock 40, Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

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