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THIS WEEK'S RACING

Nextel Cup
Event: Siemens 300. Site: Loudon, N.H.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 3 p.m.); Sunday, race (TNT, 2 p.m.).

Track: New Hampshire International Speedway (oval, 1.058 miles, 12 degrees banking in turns).

Race distance: 317.4 miles, 300 laps.

Last race: Tony Stewart won the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 11, but it was marred by a wreck with rookie Kasey Kahne that touched off a fight in the pits. Following a restart, Stewart passed Sterling Marlin on the outside and slid in behind race leader Kahne before tapping him into the wall. NASCAR fined Tommy Baldwin, Kahne's crew chief, $10,000 and put him on probation for his role in the fight.

Last year: Jimmie Johnson stretched his final tank of fuel for 93 laps and held on to win the New England 300.

Fast fact: A new green-white-checkered format will debut this week, an attempt to get all Nextel Cup and Busch events to end with the cars racing. Races can no longer finish under yellow. If there is another caution after a green-flag restart, the race will end immediately.

Next race: Pennsylvania 500, Aug. 1, Long Pond.

On the Net: www.nascar.com

Event: Siemens 200. Site: Loudon, N.H.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 1:30 p.m.); Saturday, race (TNT, 1 p.m.).

Track: New Hampshire International Speedway (oval, 1.058 miles, 12 degrees banking in turns).

Race distance: 211.6 miles, 200 laps.

Last race: With his father, Terry, looking on, Justin Labonte got his first Busch victory, at the Tropicana Twister 300 in Joliet, Ill., on July 10. Labonte took the lead on the final lap after Mike Wallace ran out of gas.

Next race: New England 200, July 24, Loudon, N.H.

On the Net: www.nascar.com

Event: Molson Indy Vancouver. Site: British Columbia

Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 5 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 4:45 p.m.; Sunday, race (SPIKE, 4 p.m.).

Track: Concord Pacific Place Street Circuit (temporary road course, 1.781 miles, 12 turns).

Race distance: 151.385 miles, 85 laps.

Last race: Sebastien Bourdais led all but nine of the 84 laps and won the Grand Prix of Toronto on July 11 for his third straight victory. Canadian Paul Tracy had trouble the entire race, crashing twice and being penalized twice by race officials.

Next race: Aug. 8, Road America, Elkhart, Wis.

On the Net: www.cart.com

Event: German Grand Prix. Site: Hockenheim

Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 8 a.m.); Sunday, race (Speed Channel, 7:30 a.m.).

Track: Hockenheimring (road course, 2.842 miles).

Race distance: 190.414 miles, 67 laps.

Last race: Michael Schumacher won for the 10th time in 11 races with his victory in the British Grand Prix on July 11 and moved within one victory of his own season record of 11 set in 2002. His only loss of 2004 came at Monaco on May 23.

Next race: Hungarian Grand Prix, Aug. 15, Budapest.

Event: Menards A.J. Foyt Indy 225.

Site: West Allis, Wis.

Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 2 p.m.; Sunday, race (ABC, 3:30 p.m.).

Track: The Milwaukee Mile (oval, 1 mile, 9 degrees banking in turns)

Race distance: 225 miles, 225 laps.

Last race: Tony Kanaan became the first driver with three victories this season after winning the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Kaanan is the standings leader at the midway point of the season, holding a 61-point advantage over Dan Wheldon.

Next race: Michigan Indy 400, Aug. 1, Brooklyn.

On the Net: www.indyracingleague.com

Event: CarQuest Auto Parts Nationals.

Site: Kent, Wash.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 1 p.m. (ESPN 2, 7 p.m., tape); Sunday, eliminations, 2 p.m. (ESPN 2, 8 p.m., tape).

Track: Pacific Raceways

Last event: Scott Kalitta ended a seven-year winless drought by taking Top Fuel at the Mile High Nationals in Morrison, Colo. Greg Anderson won his 10th Pro Stock event of the season, Phil Burkart Jr. took Funny Car and Shawn Gann picked up his second Pro Stock Bike victory.

Next event: FRAM Autolite Nationals, Aug. 1, Sonoma, Calif.

On the Net: www.nhra.com

Lancaster Raceway Park: IHRA Drag Racing Super-Charged Thunder, Friday, 7 p.m; Salvation Army/WB 49 "Christmas in July" Stock Cars, Saturday, 6 p.m.; Sunday Niagara Nostalgia Drags/Clutch Artist Car Show, Sunday, 8 a.m.
Holland Speedway: East Coast Car Wars (Imports/Sport Compacts), Friday, 9 p.m.; Upstate Automotive NASCAR Late Model 50/Amsoil Holland/Lancaster Challenge Final, Saturday, 6 p.m.
Ransomville Speedway: Harold Rinehart Memorial Poster Contest/Kids' Rides, Friday, 7:15 p.m.
Freedom Raceway: R&R Transmission Night, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Genesee Speedway: Closed for Genesee County Fair.
Little Valley Speedway: RRS Late Models, Super Stocks, Street Stocks, School Buses, tonight, 7 p.m.
Wyoming County: 50-lap ROC Late Model Qualifier, Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
McKean (Pa.) County: BRP Can-Am Super Stock Series Brock Young Memorial, Saturday, 7 p.m.
Stateline Speedway: E-Mod Championship, Saturday, 7 p.m.
Merrittville Speedway: DIRT-sanctioned Stock Cars, Saturday, 7 p.m.
Lake Erie Speedway: Vegas Night, Friday, 7 p.m.

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