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Up next races on major auto racing circuits

Sprint Cup

What: Quicken Loans 400

When/where: Today, qualifying (Speed, 3:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 12:30 p.m.); Sunday, race (TNT, 1 p.m.); Brooklyn, Mich.

Fast facts: Dale Earnhardt Jr. has only the two Michigan victories in 192 starts for Hendrick Motorsports. He won 17 times in 291 starts for Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Standings: 1. Jimmie Johnson, 521; 2. Carl Edwards, 470; 3. Clint Bowyer, 452; 4. Earnhardt, 439; 5. Kevin Harvick, 434; 6. Matt Kenseth, 418; 7. Kyle Busch, 412; 8. Kasey Kahne, 400; 9. Brad Kese­lowski, 398; 10. Greg Biffle, 395


What: Alliance Truck Parts 250

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 1 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 10:30 a.m.), race (Ch. 28, 2:15 p.m.); Brooklyn, Mich.

Fast facts: Austin Dillon has won three consecutive poles to tie Trevor Bayne, Sam Ard, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Michael Waltrip for the series record.

Standings: 1. Regan Smith, 411; 2. Sam Hornish, 384; 3. Brian Vickers, 369; 4. Justin Allgaier, 368; 5. Austin Dillon, 358


What: Milwaukee IndyFest

When/where: Today, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 7 p.m.); Saturday, race (NBCSN, 4:40 p.m.); West Allis, Wis.

Standings: 1. Helio Castroneves, 259; 2. Marco Andretti, 237; 3. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 232


What: Thunder Valley Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 7 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations, (ESPN2, 1 p.m.); Bristol, Tenn.

Standings: Top Fuel – 1. Shawn Langdon, 746; 2. Tony Schu­macher, 742. Funny Car — 1. Matt Hagan, 689; 2. Johnny Gray, 645. Pro Stock — 1. Mike Edwards, 853; 2. Jeg Coughlin, 701. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Hector Arana, 417; 2. Scotty Pollacheck, 266


Next: UNOH 225, June 27, (Sparta) Kentucky Speedway

Formula One

Next: British Grand Prix, June 30, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, England

Police investigate driver's fatal crash

BRIDGEPORT, N.J. — State Police are investigating what caused the dirt track crash that killed NASCAR driver Jason Leffler on Wednesday.

Leffler died after crashing during the first heat at Bridgeport Speedway, a dirt track about 15 miles southwest of Philadelphia. A spectator, Chris Taitt, said he was at the race but looking the other way when the crash occurred. He said Leffler had been in second place, apart from other cars when his car slammed into a wall.

Leffler, 37, a native of Long Beach, Calif., won twice in the Nationwide series and finished in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500, two of racing's signature events. But apart from a last-place finish in Sunday's NASCAR race at Pocono, he had spent most of 2013 racing on dirt tracks.

"Jason Leffler was a great racer and an even better friend," said Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart, once a teammate of Leffler's at Joe Gibbs Racing. "To not have him around to talk about whatever race one of us had just run, or were going to run, will be hard. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially his son, Charlie, who Jason loved more than anything."

Times wires

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