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Starting line (July 14): This week’s racing

NASCAR Sprint Cup

Event: New Hampshire 301 (301 laps, 318.46 miles), New Hampshire Motor Speedway; Loudon, N.H.

TV: Sunday, 1:30 p.m., NBCSN.

Then and now: This will be the 43rd Sprint Cup race held at the so-called “Magic Mile.” Kyle Busch is the defending winner of this race, while Matt Kenseth won there last fall in the Chase race. ... Brad Keselowski won last Saturday night’s race, the Quaker State 400, at Kentucky Speedway. It was Keselowski’s second straight win, having captured the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona the week before. ... ... A total of 12 teams took part in a tire test Tuesday and Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for next week’s Brickyard 400. ... Keselowski’s (595 points) win at Kentucky helped close the gap on points leader Kevin Harvick (599 points) to just a four-point margin.


Event: Lakes Region 200 (200 laps, 211.6 miles), New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

TV: Saturday, 4 p.m. ET -- NBCSN.

Then and now: Saturday will mark the 30th time the Xfinity Series has raced at New Hampshire. Denny Hamlin is the defending winner of last year’s Xfinity race there. ... The last 12 winners of this race have been Sprint Cup regulars, including four wins from Kyle Busch and two wins by Brad Keselowski. The last true Xfinity Series driver to win at New Hampshire was David Green, back in 2003. ... Kyle Busch won last Friday’s Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway, marking Busch’s fifth win this season in the Xfinity Series. ... Daniel Suarez (537 points) remains in the lead in the point standings.

Camping World Truck

Next Event: Wednesday, July 20, in the fourth annual race to be held on the fast dirt track at Eldora Speedway in Ohio.

Then and now: William Byron continues to amaze, as the 18-year-old from Charlotte won his fourth race of the season last Thursday at Kentucky Speedway.

Verizon IndyCar

Event: Honda Indy Toronto, temporary street course in Toronto, Ontario.

TV: Sunday, 3:30 p.m., CNBC.

Then and now: After Josef Newgarden’s commanding performance at last Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 in Newton, Iowa, the series moves north of the border for its annual street course challenge in Toronto. This will be the 11th race of the 16-race season, with five more events after that (Mid-Ohio, Pocono, Texas, Watkins Glen and Sonoma). ... This is the 10th Verizon IndyCar Series race to be held on the streets of Toronto near the Exhibition Place. There were an additional 22 races held in Toronto under the former CART/Champ Car banner from 1986-2007. ... Iowa winner Josef Newgarden is also the defending winner of last year’s race at Toronto. Scott Dixon is the only multi-race winner there with two wins. ... Newgarden ended Will Power’s two-race winning streak with his win at Iowa last Sunday. Simon Pagenaud (409 points) continues to maintain a commanding lead in the points standings.

Formula One

Next Event: Hungarian Grand Prix, Sunday, July 24, Hungaroring, Budapest.

Then and now: Lewis Hamilton won for the fourth time in five races at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone July 10. He moved just a point behind leader Nico Rosberg in the driver standings.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing

Next Event: After another weekend off, the series will start its “Western Swing,” next week, which consists of events in Denver, Sonoma (California) and Seattle.

Western New York

Lancaster National: Nitro Night of Fire, Friday, 7 p.m.; Retro Night Stock Cars, 6:30 p.m., Saturday.

Holland Speedway: Mid-Season Championships, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Ransomville Speedway: RUSH Crate Late Models, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Freedom Motorsports Park: ULMS Super Late Models, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Genesee Speedway: $1,000-to-win Crate Late Models, Tonight, 7 p.m.

Empire Dragway: IHRA Drag Racing/4.70 Thunder, Saturday, 3 p.m.; WNY Super Rod, Sunday, 1 p.m.

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

Humberstone Speedway: Autograph Night, Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

Stateline Speedway: Weekly Race Card, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Wyoming County: Farm Night Hay Rides, Saturday, 7 p.m.