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Starting line (May 26): This week’s racing

Verizon IndyCar

Event: Indianapolis 500 (200 laps, 500 miles), Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Indianapolis, Ind.

TV: 11 a.m. Sunday, ABC.

Then and now: A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will take place when the milestone 100th running of the legendary Indianapolis 500 takes place. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is sold out for the 500 for the first time in over 20 years, which means upwards of 300,000 fans will attend the so-called “Greatest Spectacle In Racing.” ... Canadian James Hinchcliffe will start from the pole, with U.S. drivers Josef Newgarden and Ryan Hunter-Reay also on the front row of the 33-car field. ... Juan Pablo Montoya is the defending champion. ... Simon Pagenaud comes into Sunday riding a three-race winning streak, having won at Long Beach, Birmingham and the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis two weeks ago at IMS. ... Pagenaud (242 points) has jumped out to a commanding lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings. Defending series champion Scott Dixon is second (166). ... Drivers earned points during last weekend’s qualifying, but those points will not be added to their individual rankings and the overall standings until the race (which will provide double points) is completed.

NASCAR Sprint Cup

Event: Coca-Cola 600 (400 laps/600 miles), Charlotte Motor Speedway; Concord, N.C.

TV: 6 p.m. Sunday, FOX.

Then and now: NASCAR’s annual longest race of the season – some call it a long journey into night – annually takes place the day before Memorial Day. ... This will be the 115th Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Carl Edwards is the defending winner of Sunday’s race, while Joey Logano won at CMS in last fall’s Chase for the Sprint Cup race. ... Speaking of Logano, he won last Saturday’s Sprint All-Star race for the first time in his career. ... Kevin Harvick continues to lead the Sprint Cup point standings with 418 points. Kyle Busch is second at 397.


Event: Hisense 4K TV 300 (200 laps, 300 miles), Charlotte Motor Speedway.

TV: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Fox Sports 1.

Then and now: This will be the 69th Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. ... Erik Jones captured the most recent Xfinity Series race two weeks ago at Dover International Speedway. Darrell Wallace Jr. finished second, followed by Alex Bowman, Justin Allgaier and Ty Dillon. ... Winners of the first 10 Xfinity Series races this season have been Chase Elliott (Daytona), Kyle Busch (Atlanta, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Texas), Austin Dillon (Fontana), Erik Jones (Bristol and Dover), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Richmond) and Elliott Sadler (Talladega). ... Elliott Sadler leads the Xfinity Series point standings with 349 points. Daniel Suarez is second (346 points).

Camping World Truck

Next Event: Rattlesnake 400 June 10 at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.

Then and now: Two-time Truck Series champion Matt Crafton won his second race in a row, following up his win at Dover two weeks ago with another triumph in last Saturday’s rain-rescheduled North Carolina Education Lottery 200. Crafton leads the standings with 161 points.

Formula One

Event: Grand Prix of Monaco, Circuit de Monaco.

TV: Sunday, 8 a.m., NBC.

Then and now: Max Verstappen stopped Nico Rosberg’s four-race winning streak by taking the Spanish Grand Prix on May 15.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing

Next event: Action resumes next weekend with the New England Nationals in Epping, N.H.

Then and now: Winners at last weekend’s NHRA Kansas Nationals in Topeka were Doug Kalitta (third straight win this season) in Top Fuel, Matt Hagan (second consecutive win) in Funny Car and Jason Line (fifth win in eight races) in Pro Stock. ... Legendary three-time Top Fuel champion Shirley Muldowney underwent surgery to remove her right lung on Wednesday due to lung cancer. ... In the NHRA point standings, Doug Kalitta leads Top Fuel (710 points). In Funny Car, Courtney Force remains No. 1 (601 points). In Pro Stock, Jason Line continues to lead the standings (942 points). In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Eddie Krawiec leads the standings with 353 points.

Western New York

Lancaster National: Hanna Jet Funny Cars/TNT Super Series Friday, 7 p.m.; Stock Cars- Off Week.

Holland: 57th Season Opener Pro Modified 50, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Ransomville: Autograph Night, Friday, 7:15 p.m.; 358 Modified Super Series Budweiser/Wendt’s Propane 75, Monday, 7:15 p.m.

Freedom: Bellinger Electric Sportsman Special, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Little Valley: $3,000-to-win Super Late Model Spring Special, Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

Genesee: $1,000-to-win RUSH Crate Late Models/$500-to-win Gene DeWitt Street Stock Memorial, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Empire Dragway: IHRA Drag Racing/TNT Super Series, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Merrittville: “King of the Crates” Sportsman Special, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Humberstone: Racing, Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

New Stateline: AMVETS Night, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Wyoming County: $1,000-to-win SST Modified 40, Saturday, 7 p.m.