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Starting Line / This week's auto racing

>Sprint Cup

Event: Lenox Industrial Tools 301. Site: Loudon, N.H.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 3-5 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (TNT, noon-4:30 p.m.).

Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (oval, 1.058 miles).

Race distance: 318.46 miles, 301 laps.

Last year: Joey Logano became the youngest winner in Sprint Cup history, taking the rain-shortened race at 19 years, 1 month, 4 days. Logano broke the record of 20 years, 4 months, 2 days set by Kyle Busch at California in September 2005.

Last week: Jimmie Johnson won for the first time on a road course, taking advantage of Marcos Ambrose's late gaffe at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Ambrose lost the lead when he stalled his engine trying to conserve gas under caution with six laps left. He restarted seventh and finished sixth. Johnson won for the fourth time this season, ending a 10-race drought.

Pit stops: Mark Martin won the September race at the track, edging Juan Pablo Montoya in the Chase opener. Jeff Burton has a track-record four victories, one more than Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch.

Next race: Coke Zero 400, July 3, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.



Event: New England 200. Site: Loudon, N.H.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 10:30-11:30 a.m., 1:30-3 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 10:30-11:30 a.m.), race, 3 p.m. (ESPN2, 2:30-6 p.m.).

Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Race distance: 211.6 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: Kyle Busch raced to the fifth of his nine 2009 wins en route to the series title.

Last week: Carl Edwards won at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., passing Jacques Villeneuve on a restart with nine laps left. Ron Fellows finished second.

Pit stops: IndyCar driver Danica Patrick is making the fourth of 14 scheduled starts in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 7 Chevrolet.

Next race: Subway Jalapeno 250, July 2, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.


>Camping World Trucks

Next race: Lucas Oil 200, July 11, Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa.

Last race: Aric Almirola raced to his second victory of the year, holding off Todd Bodine and Kyle Busch on June 12 at Michigan International Speedway.


>Formula One

Event: European Grand Prix. Site: Valencia, Spain.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 8-9:30 a.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 8-9:30 a.m.) Sunday, race, noon (Ch. 29, noon-2 p.m.).

Track: Valencia Street Circuit (3.367 miles).

Race distance: 191.93 miles, 57 laps.

Last race: Hamilton raced to his second straight victory and second Canadian Grand Prix win in four years, holding off McLaren teammate Jenson Button on June 13 in Montreal to take the season points lead.

Pit stop: Hamilton, the 2008 series champion, has a three-point lead over Button. Button won the title last year for Brawn GP.

Next: British Grand Prix, July 11, Silverstone, England.


>NHRA Full Throttle

Event: Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Site: Norwalk, Ohio.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 7-9 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 7-10 p.m.).

Track: Summit Motorsports Park.

Last week: John Force won the Thunder Valley Nationals to regain the Funny Car points lead. The 61-year-old Force has four victories this season and a record 130 overall. Tony Schumacher raced to his fourth Top Fuel win of the year, and Mike Edwards topped the Pro Stock field for the eighth time in 12 events this season.

Pit stops: Force, a record 14-time season champion, has a 58-point lead over teammate Robert Hight. In Top Fuel, Dixon has a 123-point advantage over Schumacher.

Next event: NHRA Northwest Nationals, July 9-11, Pacific Raceways, Kent, Wash.



Next race: Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, July 4, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen.

Last week: Andretti Autosport's Tony Kanaan won the Iowa 250 for his first victory in nearly two years, passing Helio Castroneves with 10 laps left.


>Western New York

*Dunn Tire Raceway Park: IHRA Drag Racing, $1,200-to-win Quick 16, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

*Holland: Boy Scout Free Admission Night, Saturday, 7:15 p.m.

*Ransomville: Autograph Night, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

*South Arcade: $1,000-to-win 360 Late Model Special, Friday, 7 p.m.

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

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

*Wyoming County: Smash & Crash Auto Hockey, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

*Stateline: Super Late Model King of The Hill, Saturday, 7 p.m.

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