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> Sprint Cup

Event: Irwin Tools Night Race.

Site: Bristol, Tenn.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, noon-3:30 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN, 5-6:30 p.m.); Saturday, race, 7:30 p.m. (ABC, 7-10 p.m.).

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway (oval, 0.533 miles).

Race distance: 500 laps, 266.5 miles.

Last year: Kyle Busch completed an unprecedented Trucks-Nationwide-Sprint Cup sweep.

Last week: Busch raced to his series-leading fourth Cup victory of the year and 23rd overall, outlasting Jimmie Johnson in a green-white-checkered finish at Michigan. Busch leads the series standings by 10 points over Johnson and is assured of a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Pit stops: There are three races left in the regular season. The top 10 in the standings and the top two victory leaders between Nos. 11 and 20 will earn spots in the Chase. Brad Keselowski (12th in the standings with two victories) and Denny Hamlin (14th with one win) hold the wild-card spots. In March, Busch completed a weekend Nationwide-Cup sweep at the track, giving him five straight NASCAR victories at the track. He has won five of the last nine Cup races at Bristol. Busch's driver's license was suspended for 45 days Tuesday, three months after he was pulled over in North Carolina for driving 128 mph in a 45 mph zone close to a day-care center and church in a nearly $400,000 car. Busch also was fined $1,000, sentenced to 30 hours of community service and put on one year of unsupervised probation. He pleaded guilty to speeding and no contest to reckless and careless driving. NASCAR doesn't require competitors to have a valid driver's license. Darrell Waltrip holds the track record with 12 victories, winning seven straight from 1980-84.

Next race: AdvoCare 500, Sept. 4, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga.

> Nationwide

Event: Food City 250.

Site: Bristol, Tenn.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 9:30-11:30 a.m.), qualifying (Speed, 3:30-5 p.m.), race, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN, 7-10 p.m.).

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway (oval, 0.533 miles).

Race distance: 250 laps, 133.25 miles.

Last year: Kyle Busch raced to the 10th of his record 13 victories in 2010, part of an unprecedented Trucks-Nationwide-Sprint Cup sweep. He won after intentionally spinning leader Brad Keselowski in retaliation for Keselowski's bump seconds earlier.

Last week: Australia's Marcos Ambrose won the road-course race in Montreal, holding off Canadian Alex Tagliani. Five days earlier at Watkins Glen, Ambrose raced to his first Sprint Cup victory.

Pit stops: In March at the track, Kyle Busch swept the Nationwide and Cup races. He has a series-high six victories this year to tie Mark Martin for the career record with 49. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the standings, eight points ahead of Elliott Sadler with 10 races left. Reed Sorenson is third, nine points behind Stenhouse.

Next race: Great Clips 300, Sept. 3, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga.

> Camping World Trucks

Next race: Atlanta 200, Sept. 2, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga.

Last race: The series raced Wednesday night at Bristol.

> Indycar

Event: Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Site: Sonoma, Calif.

Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, practice, qualifying (Versus, 6-7 p.m.); Sunday, race, 4:45 p.m. (Versus, 4-7 p.m.).

Track: Infineon Raceway (road course, 2.303 miles).

Race distance: 172.725 miles, 75 laps.

Last year: Team Penske's Will Power raced to the last of his five 2010 victories, leading 73 of 75 laps at the track where he broke his back in practice in 2009. Scott Dixon was second.

Last race: Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay won at New Hampshire on Aug. 14 after a wreck in wet conditions with 10 laps made a mess of the finish.

Pit stops: Target Chip Ganassi's Dario Franchitti, the 2009 winner, has a 47-point lead over Power in the season standings. Franchitti and Power share the series lead with four victories.

Next race: Baltimore Grand Prix, Sept. 4, Streets of Baltimore, Baltimore.

> Formula One

Event: Belgian Grand Prix.

Site: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 8-9:30 a.m.), Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 8-9:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (Speed, 7:30-10 a.m., 3:30-7 p.m.).

Track: Spa-Francorchamps (road course, 4.35 miles).

Race distance: 191.415 miles, 44 laps.

Last year: McLaren's Lewis Hamilton raced to the last of his three 2010 victories.

Last race: McLaren's Jenson Button won the rainy Hungarian Grand Prix on July 31 for his second victory of the year. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel was second.

Pit stops: Defending series champion Vettel, a six-time winner this season, leads the season standings with 234 points. Red Bull teammate Mark Webber is second with 149, and Hamilton third with 146.

Next race: Italian Grand Prix, Sept. 11, Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy.

> NHRA Full Throttle

Next event: U.S. Nationals, Aug. 31-Sept. 5, Lucas Oil Raceway, Clermont, Ind.

Last week: Antron Brown won the NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn., for his fourth Top Fuel victory of the season, beating Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher in the final. Johnny Gray (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.

> Western New York

Dunn Tire Raceway Park: Quick 8 Nostalgia Funny Cars, Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Late Model Stock Car Special, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Holland: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Ransomville: Kid's Stock Car Rides, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Raceway 5: Mazur Auto Night, Saturday, 6 p.m.

South Arcade: Season Championship Night, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Humberstone: Ontario Topless Sprint Cars, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

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

Wyoming County: Taste of Pizza Night, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Stateline: Sportsman Special, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Lake Erie: Crash-A-Rama, Saturday, 7 p.m.