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Up next races on major auto racing circuits

Sprint Cup

What: Pure Michigan 400

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, noon), qualifying (Speed, 3:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 11 a.m.); Sunday, race (ESPN, 1 p.m.); Brooklyn, Mich.

Fast facts: Jimmie Johnson has wrapped up a spot in the Chase for the Championship. … Nationwide points leader Austin Dillon is taking Tony Stewart's place in Stewart-Haas Racing's No. 14 Chevrolet. Stewart broke his right leg last week. … Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the June races at the track in 2008 and 2012 for his only wins with Hendrick Motorsports. … A U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient from Ohio was selected as honorary starter after his hope of honoring his 6-year-old son on race day resonated with voters in an online contest. David Balestrino of Youngstown won the contest on the Pure Michigan Facebook page, getting hundreds of votes for his entry on why he wanted to honor Brady by waving the green flag Sunday.

Standings: 1. Johnson, 808; 2. Clint Bowyer, 733; 3. Carl Edwards, 728; 4. Kevin Harvick, 707; 5. Kyle Busch, 693; 6. Earnhardt, 670; 7. Matt Kenseth, 659; 8. Brad Keselowski, 634; 9. Greg Biffle, 627; 10. Martin Truex, 625

Nationwide

What: Nationwide Children's Hospital 200

When/where: Today, practice; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 9:30 a.m.), race (ESPN, 2;30 p.m.); Lexington, Ohio

Fast facts: The race is the last of three road-course events this year. AJ Allmendinger, the winner at Road America in June, is driving again for Penske Racing. Sprint Cup driver Marcus Ambrose also is entered along with Canadian road racer Ron Fellows. They each have four Nationwide road-course victories. … The race replaced the Montreal event on the schedule.

Standings: 1. Austin Dillon, 730; 2. Sam Hornish, 727; 3. Regan Smith, 725; 4. Elliott Sadler, 718; 5. Brian Vickers, 712

Trucks

What: Michigan National Guard 200

What/when: Today, practice (Speed, 2 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 9:30 a.m.), race (Fox Sports 1, 12:30 p.m.); Brooklyn, Mich.

Fast fact: Sprint Cup drivers Kyle Busch and Joey Logano are racing.

Standings: 1. Matt Crafton, 429; 2. Jeb Burton, 377; 3. Ryan Blaney, 367; 4. James Buescher, 365; 5. Ty Dillon, 361

NHRA

What: Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 11 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 9 p.m.); Brainerd, Minn.

Fast fact: There are two events left until the six-race Countdown to the Champion­ship.

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Shawn Langdon, 1,292; 2. Tony Schumacher, 1,145. Funny Car — 1. Matt Hagan, 1,151; 2. Cruz Pedregon, 1,034. Pro Stock — 1. Mike Edwards, 1,421; 2. Allen Johnson, 1,333. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Hector Arana, 795; 2. Matt Smith, 646

IndyCar

Next: Grand Prix of Sonoma, Aug. 25, Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway

Standings: 1. Helio Castroneves, 453; 2. Scott Dixon, 422; 3. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 388; 4. Marco Andretti, 377; 5. Simon Pagenaud, 350

Formula One

Next: Belgian Grand Prix, Aug. 25, Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

Standings: 1. Sebastian Vettel, 172; 2. Kimi Raikkonen, 134; 3. Fernando Alonso, 133; 4. Lewis Hamilton, 124; 5. Mark Webber, 105

Up next races on major auto racing circuits 08/15/13 [Last modified: Thursday, August 15, 2013 8:33pm]
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