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NASCAR Sprint Cup

Event: Axalta We Paint Winners 400, Pocono Raceway; Pocono, Pa.

TV: Sunday, June 7, 1 p.m., Fox Sports 1.

Then and Now: Dale Earnhardt Jr. surprised quite a few people when he won this race last year. And then he surprised even more by also winning the second annual race at Pocono six weeks later. … Jeff Gordon is the all-time winner among active drivers at Pocono with six wins. Last week’s winner at Dover, Jimmie Johnson, has three wins at Pocono. … Sunday will mark the 75th career Sprint Cup race at Pocono. … Kevin Harvick remains the leader atop the Sprint Cup points standings. He leads second-ranked Martin Truex Jr. by 44 points. Ironically, even though he won at Dover, third-ranked Jimmie Johnson dropped from 66 to 76 points behind Harvick even with the win.


Next Race: Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America, June 13 at Michigan International Speedway.

Camping World Truck

Event: Winstar World Casino 400, Texas Motor Speedway; Fort Worth, Texas.

TV: Friday, June 5, 9 p.m., Fox Sports 1.

Then and Now: This race will be part of an IndyCar weekend at TMS, with the main event to be held Saturday night. … Matt Crafton is the defending winner of this event, while Kyle Busch won at TMS in late October 2014. Busch will not be driving in this race. … Johnny Sauter won both races in 2012. … Jeb Burton, who is now in the Sprint Cup Series, won his first Truck race in this event two years ago. … Crafton remains atop the points standings, holding an 11-point lead over Tyler Reddick, who moved up from third to second after last Friday’s race at Dover. Erik Jones dropped from second to third and is 14 points behind Crafton. Sauter is ranked fourth, 40 points behind Crafton, while John Wes Townley is ranked fifth, 71 points back.

Verizon IndyCar

Event: Firestone 600, Texas Motor Speedway; Fort Worth, Texas.

TV: Saturday, June 6, 8 p.m., NBCSN.

Then and Now: Ed Carpenter is the defending winner of this event. … Helio Castroneves, who won the 2013 race at Texas, is a four-time winner there (also in 2004, 2006 and 2009). … Carlos Munoz and Sebastien Bourdais won both ends of the 2015 Chevrolet Dual at Detroit last weekend at Belle Isle Park. It was Munoz’s first career IndyCar win, while Bourdais – a former four-time champ and 31-race winner on the defunct CART and Champ Car Series – earned his second career IndyCar win (the other win was last year at Toronto). … With this weekend’s race marking the start of the second half of the 16-race IndyCar schedule, Juan Pablo Montoya continues to maintain the stranglehold he’s had on the point standings since winning the season-opening race at St. Petersburg. Montoya leads teammate Will Power by 21 points, while Scott Dixon is third (minus-63). After the Detroit races, Graham Rahal moved into fourth place in the standings, 69 points behind Montoya and one point ahead of fifth-ranked Helio Castroneves.

Formula One

Event: Canadian Grand Prix, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Sunday, 2 p.m., NBCSN.

Last event: Nico Rosberg won his second consecutive F1 race at the Monaco Grand Prix Sunday.

Western New York

Lancaster National: IHRA Drag Racing-Buffalo Street Outlaws, 7 p.m. Friday; Big 10 Super Stocks-Stock Cars, 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Holland Speedway: Hornet 50, 7 p.m. Saturday.

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

Freedom Motorsports Park: RUSH Crate Late Model Ron Baker Memorial, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Merrittville Speedway: King of Crates Sportsman Event No. 1, 7 p.m. Saturday.

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

Raceway 5: Dirt Track Weekly Stock Cars, 6 p.m. Saturday.

Stateline Speedway: Paula Southwell Modified Memorial, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Wyoming County: Kid’s Rides, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Empire Dragway: Empire Gassers, 5 p.m. Saturday.