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Starting Line for May 8

NASCAR Sprint Cup

Event: 5-Hour Energy 400. Site: Kansas City, Mo.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, noon-1:30 p.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m.), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 6:30-8 p.m.); Saturday, race, 7:30 p.m. (Fox, 7-11 p.m.).

Track: Kansas Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).

Race distance: 400.5 miles, 267 laps.

Last year: Matt Kenseth raced to his second straight Kansas victory, holding off Kasey Kahne. Kenseth was penalized after his engine failed post-race inspection.

Last week: Denny Hamlin won at Talladega for his first victory in a points-paying race at a restrictor-plate track.

Fast facts: Harvick (Phoenix, Darlington) and Joey Logano (Texas, Richmond) lead the series with two victories. Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Daytona), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas), Carl Edwards (Bristol), Kurt Busch (Martinsville) also have won.

Next race: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, May 17, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

Camping World Truck

Event: SFP 250. Site: Kansas City, Mo.

Schedule: Thursday, practice; Friday, qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 4:30-6 p.m.), race, 8:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, 8-11 p.m.).

Track: Kansas Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).

Race distance: 250.5 miles, 167 laps.

Last year: Matt Crafton raced to his lone 2013 victory en route to the season title.

Last race: Crafton won rain-delayed race at Martinsville March 30.

Fast facts: Camping World has renewed its series sponsorship through 2022. The company has sponsored the series since 2009.

Next race: North Carolina Education Lottery 200, May 16, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.


Next race: Get To Know Newton 250, May 18, Iowa Speedway.

Last week: Elliott Sadler raced to his first Talladega victory, winning a three-lap shootout to the checkered flag. Chris Buescher was second.

Verizon IndyCar

Event: Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Site: Indianapolis.

Schedule: Thursday, practice; Friday, practice, qualifying; Saturday, race, 3:50 p.m. (ABC, 3:30-6 p.m.).

Track: Indianapolis Speedway (road course, 2.439 miles).

Race distance: 200 miles, 82 laps.

Last year: Inaugural race.

Last race: Ryan Hunter-Reay raced to his second straight victory at Barber in Alabama on April 27 in a rain-shortened event.

Fast facts: The race is the fourth of the season. Team Penske’s Will Power took the opener in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Ed Carpenter Racing’s Mike Conway won in Long Beach, Calif. ... The course has 14 turns – five left and nine right. ... Race begins with a standing start.

Next race: Indianapolis 500, May 25, Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Formula One

Event: Spanish Grand Prix. Site: Barcelona, Spain.

Schedule: Friday, practice (NBC Sports Network, 8-9:30 a.m.; Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 8-9:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (NBC Sports Network, 7:30-10).

Track: Circuit de Catalunya (road course, 2.89 miles).

Race distance: 190.8 miles, 66 laps.

Last year: Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso won in front of his home fans.

Last race: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix on April 20 for his third straight victory.

Fast facts: The race is the fifth of the season. Rosberg won the season-opening race in Australia and also was second behind Hamilton in Malaysia and Bahrain. Rosberg leads the season standings, four points ahead of Hamilton.

Next race: Monaco Grand Prix, May 25, Circuit de Monaco.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing

Next event: NHRA Summer Nationals, May 16-18, Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga.

Last event: Erica Enders-Stevens raced to her second Pro Stock victory of the season, winning the SpringNationals on April 27 in Baytown, Texas. Antron Brown won in Top Fuel, and Robert Hight topped the Funny Car field.

Western New York

Elegant Builders Raceway Park: Drags: IHRA Drag Racing, Friday, 7 p.m.; Stock Cars: 56th Season Opener, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Ransomville Speedway: Rescheduled 358 Modified $2,000-to-win Season Opener, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Raceway 5: Rescheduled Season Opener, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Freedom Speedway: Season Opener, Friday, 7 p.m.

Wyoming County: Practice, Saturday, noon.

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

New Humberstone Speedway: Racing, Sunday, 6 p.m.

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