Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Up next: Races on major auto racing circuits

Sprint Cup

What: Brickyard 400

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 11:30 a.m.); Saturday, practice (ESPN2, 9 a.m.), qualifying (ESPN, 2 p.m.); Sunday, race (ESPN, 1 p.m.); Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Fast facts: Jimmie Johnson won at the track last year and in 2006, 2008 and 2009. … Tony Stewart, from Indiana, won the 2005 and 2007 races. … Juan Pablo Montoya won the 2000 Indianapolis 500. … Danica Patrick made seven starts in the Indy 500, finishing third in 2009. … Nationwide regular Austin Dillon is driving the No. 33 Chevrolet.

Standings: 1. Johnson, 696; 2. Clint Bowyer, 640; 3. Carl Edwards, 623; 4. Kevin Harvick, 622; 5. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 578; 6. Matt Kenseth, 576; 7. Kyle Busch, 576; 8. Greg Biffle, 545; 9. Brad Keselowski, 529; 10. Kasey Kahne, 523.

Nationwide

What: Indiana 250

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 10:30 a.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, noon), race, (ESPN, 4:30 p.m.); Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Fast facts: Last year Brad Keselowski won the first Nationwide race at the historic track. … Sam Hornish Jr. won the 2006 Indy 500.

Standings: 1. Hornish, 632; 2. Regan Smith, 625; 3. Austin Dillon, 624; 4. Elliott Sadler, 612; 5. Justin Allgaier, 610

Formula One

What: Hungarian Grand Prix

When/where: Today, practice (NBCSN, 8 a.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBCSN, 8 a.m.); Sunday, race, (NBCSN, 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.); Hungaroring road course, Budapest

Fast facts: Last year Lewis Hamilton raced to the second of his four victories in his final season for McLaren, holding off Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton now drives for Mercedes. … Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the German Grand Prix on July 7 for his series-high fourth victory.

Standings: 1. Vettel, 157; 2. Fernando Alonso, 123; 3. Raikkonen, 116; 4. Hamilton, 99; 5. Mark Webber, 93

NHRA

What: Sonoma Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 7 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8 p.m.); Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway

Fast facts: Last year Antron Brown raced to his third Top Fuel victory at the track in four years. … Allen Johnson won the Mile-High Nationals' Pro Stock class last week for the fifth time. … Shawn Langdon and seven-time champ Tony Schumacher each have three Top Fuel victories this season.

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Langdon, 1,093; 2. Schumacher, 1,074. Funny Car — 1. Matt Hagan, 991; 2. Cruz Pedregon, 951. Pro Stock — 1. Mike Edwards, 1,271; 2. Johnson, 1,192. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Hector Arana Jr., 671; 2. Michael Ray, 559.

IndyCar

Next: Honda Indy 200, Aug. 4, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington

Standings: 1. Helio Castroneves, 425; 2. Scott Dixon, 396; 3. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 356; 4. Marco Andretti, 355; 5. Simon Pagenaud, 309

Trucks

Next: Pennsylvania Mountains 125, Aug. 3, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond

Standings: 1. Matt Crafton, 393; 2. Jeb Burton, 345; 3. James Buescher, 342; 4. Ty Dillon, 337; 5. Johnny Sauter, 320

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