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Sprint Cup

What: Pure Michigan 400

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, noon), qualifying (Speed, 3:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 10 a.m.); Sunday, race (ESPN, 1 p.m.); Brooklyn, Mich.

Fast facts: Four races are left in the regular season. The top 10 in the standings and the top two victory leaders between Nos. 11 and 20 earn spots in the Chase for the Championship. … In June at Michigan, Denny Hamlin raced to his lone victory of the year, holding off Matt Kenseth. Hamlin also won the 2010 June race at the track.

Standings: 1 (tie). Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, 752; 3. Jimmie Johnson, 746; 4. Kevin Harvick, 738; 5. Kenseth, 724; 6. Kurt Busch, 712; 7. Jeff Gordon, 700; 8. Ryan Newman, 686; 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 670; 10. Tony Stewart, 659

Nationwide

What: Napa Auto Parts 200

When/where: Today, practice, qualifying; Saturday, race, (ESPN, 2:30 p.m.); Montreal

Fast facts: This is the third and final road-course event of the year. … Danica Patrick makes her first series start since July at Daytona.

Standings: 1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 816; 2. Reed Sorenson, 806; 3. Elliott Sadler, 792; 4. Aric Almirola, 746; 5. Justin Allgaier, 736

Trucks

What: VFW 200

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 9 a.m.), race (Speed, 12:30 p.m.); Brooklyn, Mich.

Fast facts: Kyle Busch, a five-time winner in nine series starts this year, and Kevin Harvick are racing, along with fellow Sprint Cup star Mark Martin.

Standings: 1. Austin Dillon, 488; 2. Johnny Sauter, 487; 3. James Buescher, 474; 4. Timothy Peters, 465; 5. Cole Whitt, 453.

NHRA

What: Lucas Oil Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 11 p.m.); Sunday, eliminations (ESPN2, 10 p.m.); Brainerd, Minn.

Fast facts: Last year Larry Dixon raced to the ninth of his record 12 Top Fuel victories, beating Cory McClenathan in the final. … Tim Wilkerson won the Northwest Nationals for the third straight year, beating Jack Beckman in the Funny Car final Aug. 7 in Kent, Wash.

Standings: Top Fuel — 1. Del Worsham, 1,256; 2. Spencer Massey, 1,130; 3. Antron Brown, 1,086. Funny Car 1. Mike Neff, 1,132; 2. Robert Hight, 1,007; 3. Beckman, 994. Pro Stock 1. Jason Line, 1,110; 2. Greg Anderson, 1,083; 3. Mike Edwards, 1,059. Pro Stock Motorcycle 1. Karen Stoffer, 653; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 648; 3. LE Tonglet, 567.

IndyCar

Next: Grand Prix of Sonoma, Aug. 28, Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, Calif.

Fast facts: Newman/Haas Racing and Target Chip Ganassi have a hearing next week on their protests of a decision by series VP Brian Barnhart in Sunday's race at New Hampshire. Newman/Haas' Oriol Servia passed Ryan Hunter-Reay on a restart near the end. But when Danica Patrick slid sideways, causing a big pileup behind the leaders, the race was red-flagged. Barnhart decided to revert to the previous starting order. That gave Hunter-Reay the win and left Servia second. Ganassi is involved because Penske driver Will Power was knocked out in the accident but restored to fifth place. Power is second to Ganassi's Dario Franchitti in the standings.

Standings: 1. Franchitti, 443; 2. Power, 396; 3. Scott Dixon, 370; 4. Servia, 308; 5. Tony Kanaan, 295

Formula One

Next: Belgian Grand Prix, Aug. 28, Spa-Francorchamps

Standings: 1. Sebastian Vettel, 234; 2. Mark Webber, 149; 3. Lewis Hamilton, 146; 4. Fernando Alonso, 145; 5. Jenson Button, 134

Up next on major autos circuits 08/18/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2011 8:35pm]

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