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Starting Line (July 21): This week’s racing

NASCAR Sprint Cup

Event: Crown Royal Presents The Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard (160 laps, 400 miles), Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis.

TV: Sunday, 3 p.m., NBCSN.

Then and now: This will be the 23rd Sprint Cup race held at arguably the most famous racetrack in the world. Kyle Busch is the defending winner of this race (his first career triumph at IMS), while Jeff Gordon won there for a record fifth time in 2014. Busch also won last year’s Xfinity race there, making for a weekend sweep. … Gordon will come out of retirement to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Sunday’s race and the week after as well. … Matt Kenseth won last Sunday’s New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was Kenseth’s second win of the season. Tony Stewart finished a season-best second, followed by Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle. … Biffle will be racing with a heavy heart in Indianapolis. His father, Jack, died Tuesday. … There are only seven races remaining for drivers to qualify for the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship field. … Harvick (636 points) continues to lead the Sprint Cup point standings.


Event: Lilly Diabetes 250 (Two heat races of 20 laps/50 miles each, followed by main race of 60 laps/150 miles), Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

TV: Saturday, 3 p.m., NBCSN.

Then and now: Saturday will mark the fifth time the Xfinity Series has raced at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch won last year’s Xfinity race at IMS and has won two of the previous four races there. … Only one true Xfinity Series regular has won this race: Ty Dillon in 2014. … Kyle Busch won last Saturday’s race at New Hampshire, the 82nd time the younger Busch brother won an Xfinity Series race, extending his own series record. … Daniel Suarez (574 points) remains in the lead in the Xfinity Series point standings.

Camping World Truck

Event: Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby, Five 10-lap qualifying races, one 15-lap “last chance” qualifying race, followed by three-segment main event race (40-50-60 laps) for total of 150 laps, 75 miles in total length; Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, Ohio. The race was held Wednesday.

Verizon IndyCar

Next event: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio, July 31.

Then and now: Will Power is red hot. With his victory Sunday at Toronto, Power has won three of the last four races (and he was the runner-up in the other race). … There are five more races remaining on the 16-race schedule (Mid-Ohio, Pocono, Texas, Watkins Glen and Sonoma). … Simon Pagenaud (432 points) continues to lead the point standings, but Power (385) has closed the gap.

Formula One

Event: Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, Budapest.

TV: Sunday, 7:30 a.m., NBCSN.

Then and now: Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix July 10 to move within a point of Nico Rosberg (168-167), who has led the standings for the entire season.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing

Event: Mopar Mile-High Nationals, Bandimere Speedway, Morrison, Colo.

TV: Sunday, 3-6 p.m. FOX. This will be the first time in NHRA’s 65-year history that a race will be televised live on national network TV. FOX will televise both the semifinal and final rounds.

Then and now: The NHRA begins its “Western Swing” (Denver, Sonoma and Seattle) this weekend. Five races remain until the start of the Countdown to the Championship (other two races are Brainerd, Minn., and the biggest race of the year, the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis on Labor Day Weekend). … Winners of the most recent race, two weeks ago at Joliet, Ill., were Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle). … Several drivers have gone more than a year since their last win, including eight-time Top Fuel champ Tony Schumacher and 16-time champ and winningest driver in NHRA history, Funny Car’s John Force. … In the NHRA point standings, Brown is No. 1 (1,056 points). … In Funny Car, Ron Capps leads with 1,068 points. … In Pro Stock, teammates Jason Line (No. 1, 1,472 points) and Anderson (No. 2, 1,392 points) continue to dominate the standings. Line and Anderson are the only drivers/riders in the four NHRA professional classes to have already clinched positions in the Countdown to the Championship. … In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Eddie Krawiec leads with 639 points.

Western New York

Lancaster National: IHRA Drag Racing/Quick 16, Friday, 7 p.m.; Bikes/Sleds Drag Special, Sunday, noon; Christmas in July Stock Cars, 6:30 p.m., Saturday.

Holland Speedway: Mid-Season Championships, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Ransomville Speedway: Stock Cars, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Freedom Motorsports Park: $1,000-to-win Bellinger Electric Sportsman Shootout No. 2, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Genesee Speedway: Autograph Night, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Empire Dragway: Nostalgia Gold Cup Weekend, Friday-Sunday: Check for daily event schedule.

Merrittville Speedway: Double Features Night, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Humberstone Speedway: Go Nuclear Late Model Tour, Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

Stateline Speedway: 60th Season Celebration, Thursday, 7 p.m.

Wyoming County: Racer Reunion Celebration, Saturday, 7 p.m.

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