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Starting line (Aug. 25): This week’s racing

NASCAR Sprint Cup

Event: Pure Michigan 400 (200 laps, 400 miles), Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.

TV: Sunday, 2 p.m., NBCSN.

Then and now: This will be the 95th Sprint Cup race held at Michigan International Speedway. Matt Kenseth is the defending winner of this race, while Joey Logano won the June event at MIS. Logano has won two of the past six Sprint Cup races at the track. ... Sam Hornish Jr. will fill in for Michael McDowell on Friday and Saturday in practice sessions and qualifying in the No. 95 Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing Ford. McDowell will be racing Saturday at Road America in Wisconsin in the Xfinity Series race but will return to Michigan to drive in the Sprint Cup race Sunday. ... After the race was pushed to Sunday due to rain, Kevin Harvick won the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. ... An update on the condition of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has missed the past five races with concussion-like symptoms, is expected later this week. ... With his top-five finish at Bristol, Chris Buescher is now qualified for the Chase, having climbed into 30th position, the cut-off to be eligible for the Chase (along with at least one win, which Buescher gained a few weeks ago at Pocono). ... With his victory at Bristol, Harvick regained the Sprint Cup points lead. Harvick now has 762 points, followed by former points leader Keselowski (735 points).


Event: Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville (45 laps, 182.16 miles), Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.

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

Then and now: Saturday will mark the seventh time the Xfinity Series has raced at the 4.028-mile road course. Wisconsin native Paul Menard won this race last year, preceded by wins by Brendan Gaughan in 2014 and AJ Allmendinger in 2013. ... Austin Dillon won the most recent Xfinity race, last Friday at Bristol. ... Elliott Sadler (737 points) remains No. 1 in the Xfinity Series point standings. Daniel Suarez (686) is second.

Camping World Truck

Event: Careers for Veterans 200 (100 laps, 200 miles), Michigan International Speedway.

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

Then and now: This will be the 17th Truck Series race held at Michigan. ... Kyle Busch won this race last season, his first career Truck Series win at MIS. Johnny Sauter won there in 2014, and James Buescher captured the event in 2013. ... Ben Kennedy, great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. and son of International Speedway Corp. CEO Lesa France Kennedy, won his first NASCAR race in last Wednesday’s Truck Series race at Bristol. ... William Byron remains in the Truck Series points lead (349 points), followed by Daniel Hemric (312).

Verizon IndyCar

Event: Firestone 600 (248 laps, 360.8 miles), Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas..

TV: Saturday, 9:15 p.m., NBCSN.

Then and now: Saturday’s race is the resumption of the June 10 event that was red-flagged due to rain and lightning. The race will resume where it was initially stopped, on Lap 71, and is expected to fulfill its scheduled 248-lap distance (barring overtime). ... This will be the completion of the 28th IndyCar race to be held at TMS. ... Points leader Simon Pagenaud saw his 58-point lead in the standings cut to just 20 points in Monday’s rain-delayed ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. Pagenaud wrecked in that race, finishing 19th of 22 drivers. Will Power remains the hottest driver in the series, earning his fourth win in the past six races -- and he was the runner-up in the other two events. ... Pagenaud (497 points) continues to lead the point standings, followed by Power (477).

Formula One

Event: Belgian Grand Prix, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps,

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

Then and now: In the last F1 race on July 31, Lewis Hamilton took his fourth checkered flag in a row at the German Grand Prix. He leads Nico Rosberg in the points standings, 217-198.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing

Next Event: Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in suburban Indianapolis from Aug. 31-Sept. 5.

Then and now: The rain-delayed Top Fuel and Funny Car final round of eliminations from the race three weeks ago at Seattle was completed last weekend at Brainerd, Minn. Defending Top Fuel champ Antron Brown won his fourth race of the season and 58th of his career, defeating Steve Torrence. In Funny Car, Ron Capps earned his fifth win of the season and the 50th of his career, defeating Del Worsham (who came back two days later to win the regularly scheduled race at Brainerd). The delayed final round of Pro Stock from the Seattle race will be contested next weekend during the U.S. Nationals in suburban Indianapolis. It will pit Vincent Nobile and Aaron Strong, who will be competing in only the ninth race of his career and making his first career final-round appearance. ... The winners at Brainerd were: Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Worsham (Funny Car), Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle). ... The U.S. Nationals on Labor Day weekend will be the 18th and final race of the regular season before the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoff begins.

Western New York

Lancaster National: IHRA Drag Racing/Truck Night, Friday, 7 p.m.; Big Rig Night, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.; Drag Racing Race of Champions, Sunday, 11 a.m.

Holland Speedway: NASCAR Pro Charger Twins, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Ransomville Speedway: Autograph Night, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Freedom Motorsports Park: Dirt Track Racing, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Genesee Speedway: Operation Injured Soldier Night, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Empire Dragway: GRS Series, Saturday, 3 p.m.; $2,000-to-win Top Dragster, Sunday, 1 p.m.

Merrittville Speedway: Bill Willard Sr. Sportsman Special, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Humberstone Speedway: Pete Cosco 358 Modified Memorial, Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

Stateline Speedway: Fan Appreciation & Autograph Night, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Wyoming County: Labor Day Qualifiers, Saturday, 7 p.m.

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