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Starting Line for July 2

Sprint Cup

Event: Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

TV: 7:45 p.m. Sunday, NBC.

Then and now: Aric Almirola won this race last year, thanks to rain that shortened the event. The win was not only Almirola’s first career Sprint Cup victory, it also earned him a place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Almirola finds himself in a similar situation heading into Sunday’s race: He still has yet to win a race in 2015 and is looking to do so to make the Chase again. … Kyle Busch is coming off his first win of the season on Sunday at Sonoma, Calif. Busch becomes the 11th different driver to win a race in 2015. There are only five open spots remaining to make the Chase, with 10 races left to qualify before the field is set after the September race at Richmond. … With Martin Truex Jr. suffering his worst outing of the season at Sonoma, when he was hooked from behind and forced into a tire wall, Kevin Harvick saw his lead in the Sprint Cup standings jump from a 15-point lead over Truex to a massive 53-point edge heading into Daytona. Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano is ranked third, 57 points behind Harvick, while Jimmie Johnson is fourth (70 points back) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. is fifth (71 points behind).


Event: Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

TV: 7:15 p.m. Saturday, NBCSN.

Then and now: The NASCAR Xfinity Series was off last weekend. … Chris Buescher remains atop the points standings, holding a 29-point edge over No. 2-ranked Ty Dillon, and a 45-point lead over No. 3-ranked and defending series champion Chase Elliott, who remains winless after 14 races. … Saturday’s race marks the start of 16 consecutive weeks of racing before the final off-weekend of the season.


Event: Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park; Norwalk, Ohio.

TV: Final day of qualifying, ESPN (tape delay), 10 p.m. Saturday. Final eliminations, Sunday, ESPN, 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Then and now: After a weekend off, the NHRA returns to action on the holiday weekend with one of the bigger and most popular races on the schedule, the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. ... Antron Brown remains atop the Top Fuel standings, but saw his 33-point lead over Schumacher drop to just 2 points after Bristol, two weeks ago. Crampton is third in the standings (72 points back). In Funny Car, Matt Hagan increased his lead over Ron Capps from 61 to 87 points after Bristol, while No. 3-ranked John Force fell from 94 to 153 points behind Hagan.

Camping World Truck

Next event: UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky., July 9, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1.

Verizon IndyCar

Next Event: ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis., July 12, 5 p.m., NBCSN.

Formula One

Event: British Grand Prix at Silverstone, England, noon Sunday, NBCSN.

Western New York

Lancaster National: IHRA Drag Racing-Alcohol Funny Cars, 7 p.m. Friday; Stock Cars-Off.

Holland Speedway: Off.

Ransomville Speedway: Sportsman 30, 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Freedom Motorsports Park: GRIT Sportsman Series 44, 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Little Valley Speedway: Patriot Sprint Tour/Super Late Model Doubleheader, 7 p.m. Friday; Freedom Daze Demo Derby, 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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

Humberstone Speedway: Vintage Stock Cars, 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Raceway 5: Off.

Stateline Speedway: Renegades of Dirt Modifieds, 6:30 p.m. Friday; Patriot Sprint Tour, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Wyoming County: Off.

Empire Dragway: IHRA Drag Racing/Cam-Am Series, 5 p.m. Saturday; Can-Am Series, 1 p.m. Sunday.