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Starting Line / This week’s racing

Sprint Cup

Event: 400

Site: Long Pond, Pa.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 1-2:30 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 3-5 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 9-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (ESPN, noon-5 p.m.).

Track: Pocono Raceway (triangle, 2.5 miles).

Race distance: 400 miles, 160 laps.

Last year: Jeff Gordon won the rain-shortened race marred by the death of a fan hit by lightning in the parking lot behind the grandstand.

Last week: Ryan Newman fulfilled his childhood dream growing up in Indiana, winning the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Fast facts: Five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson leads the season standings, 75 points ahead of Clint Bowyer. The June winner at the track, Johnson is attempting to sweep the Pocono races for the second time. He accomplished the feat in 2004. … Johnson and Matt Kenseth share the series victory lead with four.

Next race: Cheez-it 355 at The Glen, Aug. 11, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen.



Event: U.S. Cellular 250

Site: Newton, Iowa.

Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, qualifying, race, 8 p.m. (ESPN, 7:30-10:30 p.m.).

Track: Iowa Speedway (oval, 0.875 miles).

Race distance: 218.75 miles, 250 laps.

Last year: Elliott Sadler raced to the last of his four 2012 victories.

Last week: Kyle Busch won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his eighth victory of the year and series-record 59th overall win.

Fast facts: Austin Dillon leads the season standings, six points ahead of Regan Smith. … Trevor Bayne won the rain-delayed race at the track in June.

Next race: ZIPPO 200, Aug. 10, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen.

Camping World Truck

Event: Pennsylvania Mountains 125

Site: Long Pond, Pa.

Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 10-11:30 a.m.), race, 1 p.m. (Speed, 12:30-3 p.m.).

Track: Pocono Raceway (triangle, 2.5 miles).

Race distance: 125 miles, 50 laps.

Last year: Joey Coulter raced to his first series victory, taking the lead on the final restart.

Last week: Austin Dillon won at Eldora Speedway in NASCAR’s first dirt race in a top touring series since 1970.

Fast facts: Matt Crafton leads the season standings, 48 points ahead of Jeb Burton. … Two-time series champion Todd Bodine is returning with a new team, driving the No. 30 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet.

Next race: Michigan National Guard 200, Aug. 17, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.

Izod IndyCar

Event: Honda Indy 200

Site: Lexington, Ohio.

Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 5-6 p.m.); Sunday, race, 3:33 p.m. (NBC Sports Network, 3-6 p.m.).

Track: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (road course, 2.258 miles).

Race distance: 203.22 miles, 90 laps.

Last year: Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon won at Mid-Ohio for the fourth time in six years, holding off Team Penske’s Will Power.

Last events: Dixon became IndyCar’s active victory leader with 32, following his Pocono win with a doubleheader sweep in Toronto on July 13 and 14. He’s seventh on the career list.

Fast facts: Penske’s Helio Castroneves leads the season standings, 29 points ahead of Dixon. … Andretti Autosport’s James Hinchcliffe has three victories — two on street courses — this season. … The 40-lap Indy Lights race also is Sunday (NBC Sports Network, 2-3 p.m.).

Next race: Grand Prix of Sonoma, Aug. 25, Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif.


NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing

Event: NHRA Northwest Nationals

Site: Kent, Wash.

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

Track: Pacific Raceways.

Last year: Courtney Force and Erica Enders combined for the first female double in NHRA history. Force raced to her first Funny Car victory, and Enders topped the Pro Stock field. Steve Torrence won in Top Fuel.

Last week: Ron Capps raced to his second Funny Car victory of the season, beating John Force in the final for his fourth Sonoma win. Shawn Langdon won in Top Fuel, Vincent Nobile topped the Pro Stock field, and Hector Arana Jr. won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Fast facts: There are three regular-season events left until the six-race Countdown to the Championship. … Langdon leads the Top Fuel standings, 102 points ahead of Spencer Masset and 104 ahead of seven-time champion Tony Schumacher. Langdon has four victories this season.

Next event: Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Aug. 15-18, Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.


Western New York

• Elegant Builders Raceway Park: IHRA Drag Racing, Friday, 7 p.m.; Hoosier Modified Series 100, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Sunday Niagara Nostalgia Drags and Car Show, Sunday, 10 a.m.

• Holland Speedway: 14th annual George Decker Memorial 100, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.

• Ransomville Speedway: Patriot Sprint Tour, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

• Raceway 5: Kid’s Bike Race, Saturday, 6 p.m.

• Merrittville Speedway: Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series, Saturday, 7 p.m. Super DIRT.Car Modified Super DIRT Series Bobby St. Amand Sr. Memorial 100, Monday, 7 p.m.

• New Humberstone Speedway: Molson All-Canadian Championships, Sunday, 6 p.m.

• Wyoming County: Junkyard Soccer Races, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

• Stateline Speedway: Street Stock Special: Saturday, 7 p.m.

• Lake Erie Speedway: Crash-A-Rama, Saturday, 7:05 p.m.