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Sprint Cup

What: Coke Zero 400

When/where: Today, qualifying (Speed, 4 p.m.); Saturday, race (TNT, 7:30 p.m.); Daytona Beach

Fast facts: Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin are tied for the series victory lead with five. Each victory is worth 10 bonus points in the Chase. … Jamie McMurray won the season-opening Daytona 500. … International Speedway Corp. has formally petitioned NASCAR to give Kansas Speedway a second Sprint Cup race as early as 2011. ISC spokesman Lenny Santiago said he expects an answer soon, before NASCAR unveils next year's schedule. He said Kansas is a strong candidate for a second race because of the track's history of well-attended events and the construction of a new casino overlooking the track. It also could help that NASCAR's primary sponsor, Sprint, is headquartered in Overland Park, Kan.

Standings: 1. Kevin Harvick, 2,489; 2. Johnson, 2,384; 3. Kyle Busch, 2,328; 4. Hamlin, 2,304; 5. Jeff Gordon, 2,302; 6. Kurt Busch, 2,288; 7. Matt Kenseth, 2,204; 8. Jeff Burton, 2,159; 9. Tony Stewart, 2,158; 10. Greg Biffle, 2,126


What: Subway Jalapeno 250

When/where: Today, qualifying (ESPN2, 1 p.m.), race (ESPN, 8 p.m.); Daytona Beach

Fast facts: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is driving the No. 3 Wrangler Chevrolet in memory of his late father. But Earnhardt said Thursday that he probably will not drive with his father's No. 3 again after this race. Earnhardt's Chevrolet will carry the No. 3 and a blue-and-yellow retro Wrangler paint scheme to honor Dale Earnhardt's induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. "This is a one-time deal," Earnhardt Jr. said. "It's my dad's number. We are borrowing it this weekend to honor him." The younger Earnhardt has driven the No. 3 before in Nationwide races, but the number, which is owned by Richard Childress, is for the most part dormant. … The race is the first for the series' new car model. The car also will be used at Michigan, Richmond and Charlotte before being fully integrated in 2011. … Kenny Schrader is driving the No. 09 RAB Racing Ford.

Standings: 1. Brad Keselowski, 2,641; 2. Carl Edwards, 2,394; 3. Justin Allgaier, 2,201; 4. Kyle Busch, 2,140; 5. Kevin Harvick, 2,003; 6. Paul Menard, 1,998; 7. Brendan Gaughan, 1,819; 8. Steve Wallace, 1,804; 9. Joey Logano, 1,758; 10. Trevor Bayne, 1,721


What: Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen

When/where: Today, practice; Saturday, practice, qualifying; Sunday, race (Ch. 28, 3:55 p.m.); Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Fast facts: Penske's Will Power won the season-opening road races in Sao Paulo and St. Petersburg. Helio Castroneves (Alabama) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (Long Beach) also have road-course victories this season. … Scott Dixon swept the 2005-07 races at Watkins Glen.

Standings: 1. Power, 274; 2. Dixon, 263; 3. Dario Franchitti, 260; 4. Castroneves, 251; 5. Ryan Briscoe, 240


Next: Lucas Oil 200, July 11, Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa

Standings: 1. Todd Bodine, 1,443; 2. Aric Almirola, 1,388; 3. Timothy Peters, 1,278; 4. Ron Hornaday, 1,273; 5. Johnny Sauter, 1,179

Formula One

Next: British Grand Prix, July 11, Silverstone, England

Standings: 1. Lewis Hamilton, 127; 2. Jenson Button, 121; 3. Sebastian Vettel, 115; 4. Mark Webber, 103; 5. Fernando Alonso, 98


Next: Northwest Nationals, July 9-11, Pacific Raceways, Kent, Wash.

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Larry Dixon, 1,256; 2. Tony Schumacher, 1,080. Funny Car — 1. John Force, 1,024; 2. Robert Hight, 951. Pro Stock — 1. Mike Edwards, 1,379; 2. Allen Johnson, 987. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Hector Arana, 721; 2. Matt Smith, 601

Next races on major auto racing circuits 07/01/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 1, 2010 11:07pm]
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