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Starting Line for July 9

NASCAR Sprint Cup

Event: Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky., Saturday.

TV: 7:30 p.m., NBCSN.

Then and now: Of the four Sprint Cup races at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway, Brad Keselowski has won two of those events, including last year’s race. Keselowski, who earned a series-high six wins last season, has just one visit to Victory Lane thus far in 2015. … Dale Earnhardt Jr. won Sunday night’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, a race that was marred by a last-lap crash on the frontstretch that saw Austin Dillon’s car go airborne and into the catch fence, showering debris on at least five fans. Four were treated at the infield medical center, while a fifth was treated and released a few hours later at a nearby hospital. … Kevin Harvick remains atop the point standings, but Earnhardt climbed from fifth place to second, now 63 points behind Harvick. Jimmie Johnson moved up to third, 67 points back, while Joey Logano fell to fourth (-75). Martin Truex Jr., who had previously been in second place prior to Daytona, fell three spots to fifth place afterward (-87).


Event: Kentucky 300, Kentucky Speedway, Friday.

TV: 7:30 p.m., NBCSN.

Then and now: Kevin Harvick (June) and Brendan Gaughan (September) won both Xfinity Series races at Kentucky last year. … Austin Dillon, who won Saturday’s Xfinity race at Daytona, has two Xfinity wins at Kentucky. Joey Logano leads all drivers with three wins there, all in a row from June 2008 through June 2010. … Chris Buescher remains atop the Xfinity points standings, holding a 34-point advantage over Chase Elliott, who moved from third to second place after Saturday’s race at Daytona. Former No. 2-ranked Ty Dillon fell to third (43 points back). … Saturday’s race is the second of a stretch of 16 consecutive weeks of racing before the final off-weekend of the season in October.

Camping World Truck

Event: UNOH 225, Kentucky Speedway, Thursday.

TV: 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1.

Then and now: After a three-week break, the Camping World Truck Series returns to action Thursday at Kentucky. Kyle Busch won last year’s race there, while Ty Dillon won the 2013 event and James Buescher won both races there in 2012. … Points leader Matt Crafton holds a 12-point edge over No. 2-ranked Tyler Reddick, and a 26-point margin over No. 3-ranked Erik Jones.

Verizon IndyCar

Event: ABC Supply Wisconsin 250, The Milwaukee Mile; West Allis, Wisconsin, Sunday.

TV: 5 p.m., NBCSN.

Then and now: After a weekend off, the IndyCar Series returns to action. … Graham Rahal, son of former Indianapolis 500 winner and CART champion Bobby Rahal, won the most recent race, the wild MAVTV 500 two weeks ago in Fontana, Calif. Tony Kanaan finished second, while Marco Andretti finished third. … Five races remain on the schedule: three ovals (Milwaukee, Iowa and Pocono) and two road courses (Mid-Ohio and the season finale in Sonoma). … As he has since the first race of the season (which he won in St. Petersburg, Fla.), Juan Pablo Montoya remains No. 1 in the point standings. He leads Will Power by 46 points (up from 27 points going into Sonoma) and Scott Dixon by 49 points.

Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing

Event: Lucas Oil Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Route 66 Raceway; Joliet, Ill.

TV: Final day of qualifying, Saturday, ESPN (tape delay), 10 p.m., to 12 a.m. Final eliminations, Sunday, ESPN, 2-5 p.m.

Then and Now: Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Karen Stoffer (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are all coming off wins this past weekend at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. … This weekend’s race is the second in a stretch of five in six weeks, starting last week at Norwalk, followed by Joliet this weekend, followed by the annual three-race “Western Swing” to Denver, Sonoma (Calif.) and Seattle. … Antron Brown remains atop the Top Fuel standings, leading defending series champ Tony Schumacher by 20 points. Kalitta is third, 134 points back. In Funny Car, Matt Hagan increased his lead over Ron Capps from 87 to 120 points, while Beckman moved into third place, 151 points behind Hagan. Previous No. 3-ranked John Force fell to fifth place and from 153 to 184 points behind Hagan. In Pro Stock, Anderson regained the series lead by 60 points over defending champ Erica Enders. No. 3-ranked Jason Line is a distant 165 points back. In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Eddie Krawiec holds a 45-point lead over Stoffer, while defending series champ Andrew Hines is third, 55 points back.

Formula One

Next Event: Hungarian Grand Prix, Sunday, July 26.

Last Week: Lewis Hamilton won his fifth race of nine Formula One events this season at the British Grand Prix.

Western New York

Lancaster National: IHRA Drag Racing-VIP Night, Buffalo Street Outlaws, Friday 7 p.m.; Stock Cars: Off Week.

Holland Speedway: ROC Modified Holland 100, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Ransomville Speedway: Harold Rinehart Poster Night, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Freedom Motorsports Park: Patriot Sprint Tour, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Merrittville Speedway: 358 Modified Jerry Winger Memorial 50, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Humberstone Speedway: Vintage Stock Cars, Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

Raceway 5: Mid-Season Championships, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Wyoming County: Pirate Night, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Empire Dragway: IHRA Drag Racing, Empire Gassers Saturday, 5 p.m.; Junior Dragster Bear Wilcox Memorial plus 4.70 Thunder Series, Sunday, 1 p.m.