HARRAH'S 500: Max Papis was among the fastest drivers on the opening day of practice on the two-mile oval for the race at Michigan International Speedway _ apparently the last time CART will race at a track that has been part of its schedule since the Champ cars began competition in 1979. Kenny Brack, Papis' Team Rahal teammate and the series points leader, was fastest on the long, hot day of practice, turning a lap of 226.351 mph.
HARRAH'S 200: Greg Ray took his fourth pole as light rain and humidity kept cars from hitting 200 mph in qualifying for the Indy race. He edged points leader Sam Hornish Jr. by turning a lap of 199.922, while Hornish will start beside him on the front row thanks to a lap of 199.750. Hornish had posted the fastest lap yet on this track earlier in practice at 201.037. Mark Dismore will start third, followed by Billy Boat.
NEW ENGLAND 200: Jack Sprague dominated again in qualifying, winning his fifth pole and setting the track record at the truck event in Loudon, N.H. Sprague lapped the 1.058-mile track at 128.091 mph in his Chevrolet, becoming the first driver this year to break a track record in qualifying. Bobby Hamilton won the outside pole in a Dodge at 126.964 mph, and teammate Joe Ruttman qualified third for today's race at 126.749 mph.