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Sprint Cup

What: Coke Zero 400

When/where: Today, qualifying (Speed, 3 p.m.); Saturday, race (TNT, 7:30 p.m.); Daytona Beach.

Fast facts: Jimmie Johnson won the Daytona 500 in February and has three victories this year. … Michael Waltrip is driving the No. 55 Toyota. Three of Waltrip's four Cup victories have come at Daytona International Speedway.

Standings: 1. Johnson, 610; 2. Carl Edwards, 572; 3. Clint Bowyer, 569; 4. Kevin Harvick, 544; 5. Matt Kenseth, 528; 6. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 512; 7. Kyle Busch, 500; 8. Martin Truex Jr., 490; 9. Greg Biffle, 489; 10. Joey Logano, 479.


What: Subway Firecracker 250

When/where: Today, qualifying (ESPN2, 2 p.m.), race, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN, 7); Daytona Beach.

Fast facts: Kurt Busch and brother Kyle are racing along with Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano. … Kyle Busch has six victories this year to increase his series record to 57. … Tony Stewart won the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February, a race marred by a last-lap accident that injured more than 30 people. Kyle Larson went airborne into the fence, and a tire and large pieces of debris were hurled into the stands.

Standings: 1. Regan Smith, 521; 2. Sam Hornish Jr., 513; 3. Justin Allgaier, 510; 4. Elliott Sadler, 502; 5. Austin Dillon, 501.


What: Pocono IndyCar 400

When/where: Saturday, practice, qualifying; Sunday, race, 12:15 p.m. (Ch. 28, noon); Long Pond, Pa.

Fast facts: The race is the first major open-wheel event at the track since 1989. … The 40-lap Indy Lights race is Saturday.

Standings: 1. Helio Castroneves, 332; 2. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 323; 3. Marco Andretti, 277; 4. James Hinchcliffe, 266; 5. Tony Kanaan, 253.

Formula One

What: German Grand Prix

When/where: Today, practice (NBC Sports Network, 4:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 8 a.m.); Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (NBC Sports Network, 11 a.m.); Nuerburgring.

Fast facts: German star Sebastian Vettel, the three-time defending series champion, leads the standings. Vettel has victories this year in Malaysia, Bahrain and Canada.

Standings: 1. Vettel, 132; 2. Fernando Alonso, 111; 3. Kimi Raikkonen, 98; 4. Lewis Hamilton, 89; 5. Mark Webber, 87.


What: Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 6 p.m.; Sunday, final eliminations, (ESPN2, 7 p.m.); Norwalk, Ohio.

Fast facts: Spencer Massey raced to the last of his four 2012 Top Fuel victories at the event last year, beating Steve Torrence in the final.

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Tony Schumacher, 973; 2. Shawn Langdon, 936. Funny Car — 1. Matt Hagan, 904; 2. Cruz Pedregon, 798. Pro Stock — 1. Mike Edwards, 1,090; 2. Jeg Coughlin, 962. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Hector Arana Jr., 526.; 2. Michael Ray, 457.


Next: American Ethanol 200, July 13, Iowa Speedway, Newton.

Standings: 1. Matt Crafton, 319; 2. Jeb Burton, 297; 3. Ty Dillon, 279; 4. James Buescher, 275; 5. (tie) Johnny Sauter, Ryan Blaney, 272.

This week on major auto circuits 07/04/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 4, 2013 8:43pm]
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