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Startling Line / This week's racing


Event: Toyota/Save Mart 350

Site: Sonoma, Calif.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 3-4:30 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 11 p.m.-1 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 2:30-5 p.m.); Sunday, race, 3 p.m. (TNT, 2-6:30 p.m.).

Track: Infineon Raceway (road course, 1.99 miles).

Race distance: 218.9 miles, 110 laps.

Last year: Jimmie Johnson won for the first time on a road course, taking advantage of Marcos Ambrose's gaffe. 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.

Last week: Denny Hamlin raced to his first victory of the year, holding off Matt Kenseth at Michigan International Speedway. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver also won the 2010 June race at the track.

Pit stops: Jeff Gordon has a Cup-record nine road-course wins, five at Sonoma and four at Watkins Glen. Juan Pablo Montoya won the 2007 race for his first Cup victory. He also won last year at Watkins Glen. Before joining NASCAR, the Colombian won seven Formula One races, the 1999 Champ Car title and 11 open-wheel races. Tony Stewart has seven round-course wins, two at Infineon and five at Watkins Glen. Carl Edwards leads the season standings, 20 points ahead of Kevin Harvick. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is third, 27 points behind Edwards.

Next race: Coke Zero 400, July 2, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.


> Nationwide

Event: Bucyrus 200

Site: Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, qualifying, race, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN, 5-9 p.m.)

Track: Road America (road course, 4.048 miles).

Race distance: 202.4 miles, 50 laps.

Last year: Carl Edwards won the inaugural series race at the track, passing Jacques Villeneuve on a restart with nine laps left. Ron Fellows was second.

Last week: Edwards raced to his fourth victory of the year, beating Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at Michigan.

Pit stops: Villeneuve, the Canadian who won the 1997 Formula One championship, is driving the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge in place of Brad Keselowski. Villeneuve won CART races at the track in 1994 and 1995. Ron Fellows will pilot JR Motorsports' No. 7 Chevrolet. Fellows is a four-time Nationwide winner on road courses. The Canadian has Trans-Am and American Le Mans wins at Road America. Max Papis is driving Kevin Harvick Inc.'s No. 33 Chevrolet.

Next race: Subway Jalapeno 250, July 1, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.


> Camping World Trucks

Next race: UNOH 225, July 7, Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky.

Last race: Ron Hornaday Jr. won at Texas on June 10, racing to his record 48th Trucks victory despite crossing the finish line second. First-place finisher Johnny Sauter was black-flagged because he moved to the inside in front of Hornaday before crossing the start-finish line on the final restart. Sauter was dropped to 22nd.


> Indycar

Event: Iowa Corn Indy 250

Site: Newton, Iowa.

Schedule: Friday, practice, qualifying (Versus, 6-7 p.m.); Saturday, race, 8 p.m. (Versus, 6:30-11 p.m.)

Track: Iowa Speedway (oval, 0.875 miles).

Race distance: 218.75 miles, 250 laps.

Last year: Andretti Autosport's Tony Kanaan raced to his first victory in nearly two years, passing Helio Castroneves with 10 laps left.

Last week: Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti won for the third time this year, taking the lead at the Milwaukee Mile when Castroneves had a tire problem, and holding off Graham Rahal. Franchitti tied Will Power atop the season standings.

Pit stops: Power has three victories this year for Team Penske. Franchitti won the inaugural Iowa race in 2007. Former NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace designed the track. The 115-lap Indy Lights race also is Saturday.

Next race: Honda Indy Toronto, July 10, Streets of Toronto.


> 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, 8 a.m. (FOX, noon-2 p.m.).

Track: Valencia Street Circuit (road course, 3.367 miles)

Race distance: 191.93 miles, 57 laps.

Last year: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the second of his five 2010 victories en route to the season title. The German dominated from the pole in a race marked by teammate Mark Webber's spectacular crash. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was second.

Last race: McLaren's Jenson Button won the rain-soaked Canadian Grand Prix on June 11, working his way up from last place and taking advantage of points leader Vettel's last-lap slide. Button has 10 career victories.

Pit stops: Vettel has won five of the first seven races this season. He has a 60-point lead over Button in the season standings. Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix in April. The course has an F1-high 25 turns.

Next race: British Grand Prix, July 10, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, England.


> NHRA Full Throttle

Event: Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Site: Norwalk, Ohio.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 10 p.m.-midnight); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8-11 p.m.).

Track: Summit Motorsports Park.


> WNY starting line

Dunn Tire Raceway Park: Top Fuel Nostalgia Dragsters, Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Kid's Day Stock Cars, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Holland: Free High School Student Admission with ID, Saturday 5 p.m.

Ransomville Speedway: Green Mamba Jet Car, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Raceway 5: US Chrome Night, Saturday, 6 p.m.

South Arcade: Dirt Stock Cars-Saturday, 6 p.m.

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

Humberstone Speedway: Schools Out School Bus Race, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Wyoming County: Smash-A-Crash Junkyard Hockey, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Stateline Speedway: Unlimited Spectator, Saturday, 7 p.m.

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