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NASCAR CUP SERIES
Jockey Made in America 250 Presented by Quik Trip
Site: Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Schedule: Saturday, practice, 12:35 p.m. (NBCSN); Sunday, qualifying, 11:05 a.m. (CNBC), race, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN).
Track: Route of America
Race distance: 62 laps, 250 miles.
Last year: did not run (pandemic).
Final race: Kyle Busch won the second half of a doubles program at Pocono, ending a six-game winning streak for Hendrick Motorsports.
Fast facts: Without a win, Denny Hamlin’s lead is only two points over Kyle Larson. William Byron is 71 points behind and shares the lead with Larson and Kevin Harvick (ninth overall) with 14 top-10s in 19 races. … Larson has finished first (four times, including the scoring All-Star race) or second (four times) in eight of the last nine races. … Alex Bowman’s third win of the season at Pocono extended Hendrick’s streak to six in a row.
Next race: July 11, Hampton, Georgia.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
Site: Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Schedule: Friday, practice, 4:05 p.m., Saturday, qualifying, 11:35 a.m., race, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN).
Track: Road America.
Race distance: 45 laps, 182.16 miles.
Last year: Austin Cindric won starting second.
Final race: Cindric withstood a challenge from rookie Ty Gibbs to win at Pocono, his fourth win of the season.
Highlights: Cindric leads AJ Allmendinger by 101 points in his quest for a second straight series title. Daniel Hemric is third, 112 points behind. … Cindric’s four wins are twice as many as any other regular series. Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier and Gibbs have all won twice. … Hemric leads all the drivers with 15 laps in the lead in 16 races.
Next race: July 10, Hampton, Georgia.
NASCAR TRUCK SERIES
Final race: John Hunter Nemechek passed team owner Kyle Busch on a restart with six laps to go and took Pocono his fifth best win of the season. … There are two races left – July 9 in Iowa and August 7 in Watkins Glen, New York – before the 10-driver playoff field is defined.
Next race: July 9, Knoxville, Iowa.
Austrian Grand Prix
Location: Styria, Austria.
Schedule: Friday, practice, 5:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Saturday, practice, 6 am, and qualifying, 9 am; Sunday, race, 9 a.m. (ESPN)
Track: Red Bull Ring.
Race distance: 71 laps, 190.4 miles.
Last year: did not run (pandemic).
Final race: Max Verstappen led from start to finish to claim his fourth win of the season, the best of the series, in the first of consecutive races on the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
Highlights: Verstappen, winner of back-to-back races for the first time in his career, leads seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton in points, 156-138. Verstappen Red Bull Honda teammate Sergio Perez is third with 96. … Verstappen has won three of the last four races, and it was a tire problem as he led in Azerbaijan that spoiled a four-way shot in a row. … Hamilton has won 11 races – and the championship – in each of the past three seasons. In eight races this year, he has won three times.
Next race: July 18, Silverstone, UK.
Honda Indy 200 in Mid-Ohio.
Location: Lexington, Ohio.
Schedule: Friday, practice, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, practice, 9:05 am, noon, qualifying; Sunday, race, noon (NBC).
Track: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Race distance: 80 laps, 180.64 miles.
Last year: Will Power and Colton Herta won two consecutive days in mid-September after starting from pole position.
Last race: Alex Palou passed Josef Newgarden with two laps to go and regained the top of the series with a victory at Road America.
Highlights: Palou leads Pato O’Ward, the only other two-time winner this season, by 28 points in the driver standings over nine races. Six-time series champion Scott Dixon is third, 53 points behind. … Dixon led 396 laps, by far the best in the series. Dixon and Simon Pagenaud, fifth, are the only drivers to finish in the lead lap in the nine races.
Next race: August 8, Nashville, Tennessee.
NHRA DRAG RACING
Last event: Steve Torrence won in Top Fuel and Cruz Pedregon won in Funny Car in Norwalk, Ohio.
Next event: July 18, Morrison, Colorado.
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Upcoming events: July 2-3, New Richmond, Wisconsin.
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