NASCAR Sprint Cup
Event: Coke Zero 400 (160 laps, 400 miles), Daytona International Speedway; Daytona Beach, Florida. TV: Saturday, 7:45 p.m., NBC.
Then and now: This will be the 139th Sprint Cup race held at Daytona. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the defending winner of this race. Earnhardt and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson have won four of the last seven races at Daytona. ... Denny Hamlin won this year’s season-opening Daytona 500. ... Tony Stewart finally won his first win in more than three years, capturing last Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. By virtue of the win, Stewart now needs to just find himself ranked in the top-30 in points after September’s race at Richmond to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup in his final season racing in NASCAR. Stewart enters Daytona in 32nd place, just nine points out of the top-30. ... Stewart becomes the 11th different driver to win a race thus far in the first 16 races this season. ... Sunday’s race is the first telecast of the season for NBC, which along with its sister network NBC Sports Network, will televise the remaining 20 race telecasts of the season. ... Kevin Harvick continues to lead the Sprint Cup point standings with 562 points.
Event: Subway Firecracker 250 100 laps, 250 miles), Daytona International Speedway.
TV: Friday, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN.
Then and now: After a weekend off, the Xfinity Series returns to action for the 50th time at DIS. ... Austin Dillon won this race last year, while Chase Elliott won the 2016 Xfinity Series season-opening race. ... Sam Hornish Jr. won the last race, two weeks ago at Iowa. Hornish filled in for the injured Matt Tifft. It was announced Tuesday that Tifft will have surgery to remove a small brain tumor and will once again not race on Friday. David Ragan will replace Tifft in the car for Joe Gibbs Racing. It’s unclear who will continue in Tifft’s spot after Daytona. There’s no timetable on when Tifft will return to his race car. ... Daniel Suarez (490 points) remains in the lead in the Xfinity Series point standings.
Camping World Truck
Next Event: Buckle Up In Your Truck 225, July 7, Kentucky Speedway. Last week: Christopher Bell won last weekend’s Drivin’ For Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park in suburban St. Louis. Bell held off a last-lap charge by Ben Rhodes to capture his second career Truck Series victory.
Next Event: Iowa 300, July 10 in Newton, Iowa.
Last week: Will Power roared to his second win of the season in this past Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix at Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Power also won the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Race 2 on June 5. It was also the first time Indy cars have raced at Road America since 2007.
Event: Grand Prix of Austria, Red Bull Ring, Spielberg.
TV: Sunday, 8 a.m., (Noon, NBCSN, Tape Delay).
Then and now: On June 19 at the Grand Prix of Europe in Azerbaijan, Nico Rosberg won his fifth race in eight starts. He leads the points standings with 141 points.
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing
Next Event: Route 66 Nationals, July 7-10 in Joliet, Ill.
Last week: Winners in last weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, were: Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon (second consecutive win of 2016), Funny Car driver Ron Capps (third win in last four races), Pro Stock driver Jason Line (seventh win this season) and Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Eddie Krawiec.
Western New York
Lancaster National: IHRA Drag Racing/Street Outlaws, Friday, 7 p.m.; ROC Modified “Ol” Boy Cup, Tonight, 7 p.m.
Holland Speedway: Off week.
Ransomville Speedway: DIRT.car Racing, Friday, 7:15 p.m.
Freedom Motorsports Park: ROC Sportsman Series, Saturday, 6 p.m.
Little Valley Speedway: Patriot Sprint/Super Late Model Doubleheader, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Genesee Speedway: Off week.
Empire Dragway: IHRA Drag Racing/Can-Am Super Stocks, Saturday, 3 p.m.; 1/8 Mile Shootout, Sunday, 1 p.m.
Merrittville Speedway: Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series, Saturday, 7 p.m.
Humberstone Speedway: Vintage Cars, Sunday, 6:30 p.m.
Stateline Speedway: Super Late Model Papa Don Memorial, Saturday, 7 p.m.
Wyoming County: Off week.