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Starting Line: This week’s racing

NASCAR Sprint Cup

Event: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

Site: Concord, N.C.

Schedule: Friday, Sprint Showdown practice (Fox Sports 1, noon-1:45 p.m.), Sprint All-Star practice (Fox Sports 1, 1:45-3:30 p.m.), Sprint Showdown qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 4-5:30 p.m.); Sprint Showdown race, 7:15 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, 7-8 p.m.); Saturday, Sprint All-Star qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 7-8:30 p.m.); Sprint All-Star race, 9:10 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, 8:30-11 p.m.).

Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).

Race distances: Sprint Showdown, 40 laps (only counting green-flag laps), 60 miles (two 20-lap segments). Sprint All-Star, 90 laps, 135 miles (four 20-lap segments and a 10-lap finale with only green-flag laps counting in the last segment).

Last year: Jimmie Johnson won for the record fourth time, joining the late Davey Allison as the only drivers to win two years in a row.

Last week: Jeff Gordon won at Kansas Speedway for his 89th Sprint Cup victory, holding off Kevin Harvick.

Fast facts: Race winners in the last two seasons earned spots in the non-points event. The top two in the Sprint Showdown and a driver selected in fan voting will complete the All-Star field. ... The winner will receive $1 million. ... The running order for the 10-lap final segment will be determined by finishing averages in the first four segments, with ties broken by finishing positions in the fourth segment.

Next race: Coca-Cola 600, May 25, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.



Event: Get To Know Newton 250

Site: Newton, Iowa.

Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, practice, qualifying; Sunday, race, 2 p.m. (ESPN, 1:30-4:30 p.m.).

Track: Iowa Speedway (oval, 0.875 miles).

Race distance: 218.75 miles, 250 laps.

Last year: Trevor Bayne won the rain-delayed race for his second series victory.

Last race: Elliott Sadler raced to his first Talladega victory May 3, winning a three-lap shootout to the checkered flag. Chris Buescher was second.

Fast facts: Chase Elliott, the points leader and winner of consecutive races at Texas and Darlington, will graduate from high school Saturday in Georgia. ... Sadler is second in the standings, a point back. ... Sam Hornish Jr. is driving Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota. ... Austin Theriault is making his series debut in JR Motorsports’ No. 5 Chevrolet. ... The series will return to the track in August. ... NASCAR bought Iowa Speedway last year.

Next race: History 300, May 24, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.


Camping World Truck

Event: North Carolina Education Lottery 200

Site: Concord, N.C.

Schedule: Thursday, practice; Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 11 a.m.-noon), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 5:30-7 p.m.); race, 8:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, 8-11 p.m.).

Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).

Race distance: 201 miles, 134 laps.

Last year: Kyle Busch raced to his fifth series victory at the track.

Last week: Busch dominated the caution-filled race at Kansas Speedway for his second victory in two starts this year. He has 37 victories in the series.

Fast facts: Busch won at Daytona in February and defending series champion Matt Crafton took the March 30 event at Martinsville. ... Crafton was second at Kansas to take the points lead. ... Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski is making his first series start of the year, driving his own No. 19 Ford.

Next race: Lucas Oil 200, May 30, Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del.


NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing

Event: NHRA Summer Nationals

Site: Commerce, Ga.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 6-8 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 9 p.m.-midnight).

Track: Atlanta Dragway.

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.

Fast facts: Hight, a three-time winner in the first six events this year, leads the Funny Car standings – 122 points ahead of John Force. The 65-year-old Force won the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., for his record 139th victory. He won his record 16th season title last year.

Next race: NHRA Kansas Nationals, May 23-25, Heartland Park Topeka, Topeka, Kan.


Western New York

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

Holland Speedway: Practice, Saturday, noon-4 p.m.

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

Raceway 5: Mazur Auto Night, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Freedom Speedway: Check track website.

Wyoming County: Practice, Saturday, noon.

Merrittville Speedway: Tri-Track 358 Modified Series, Saturday, 7 p.m.; Super 358 Modified Series 100, Monday, 7 p.m.

New Humberstone Speedway: Southern Ontario Sprints, Sunday, 6 p.m.

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