ON THE TRACKS | This weekend's events
NASCAR NEXTEL CUPBrickyard 400Indianapolis
Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (TNT, 11 a.m.); Sunday, race (NBC, 2:30 p.m.).Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (rectangular oval, 2.5 miles, 9 degrees banking in turns).Race distance: 400 miles, 160 laps.Last race: Jimmie Johnson completed the Pocono sweep by winning the Pennsylvania 500 for his fourth victory of 2004.Fast facts: Dale Earnhardt Jr., still battling injuries after his fiery wreck during an ALMS event, had to be relieved in each of the last two races. He lasted just 52 laps at Pocono after completing 60 at New Hampshire the previous week. ... Jeff Gordon is the only three-time winner at Indianapolis, taking the inaugural race in 1994, and winning again in 1998 and 2001. ... Harvick is winless since last year's victory at Indianapolis, but does hold a 40-point lead over Jeremy Mayfield for 10th in the standings with only six races to go before the "Chase for the Championship" begins. ... Tony Stewart punched a photographer after the race in 2002. He was fined $10,000 and placed on probation.Next race: Sirius at The Glen, Aug. 15, Watkins Glen, N.Y.
NASCAR BUSCHKroger 200Clermont, Ind.
Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 5:05 p.m.); race (TNT, 8 p.m.).Track: Indianapolis Raceway Park (oval, 0.686 miles, 12 degrees banking in turns).Race distance: 137.2 miles, 200 laps.Last race: Greg Biffle went from last to first to win the Salute to the Troops 250 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Biffle started at the back of the field because he had another driver qualify his car while he was at Pocono Raceway for Nextel Cup qualifying.Fast facts: Kyle Busch has just one top-10 finish in his last seven starts after recording 11 in the first 14 races of the season. The lone top-10 was a win at Kentucky on June 19. ... Ron Hornaday's streak of consecutive top-10 finishes ended at six after he wound up 11th at Pikes Peak. ... Tim Fedewa is expected to make his 300th career Busch start this weekend.Next race: Cabela's 250, Aug. 21, Brooklyn, Mich.
NASCAR Craftsman TrucksPower Stroke Diesel 200Clermont, Ind.
Schedule: Today, qualifying, 4:45 p.m.; race (Speed Channel, 8 p.m.).Track: Indianapolis Raceway Park (oval, 0.686 miles, 12 degrees banking in turns).Race distance: 137.2 miles, 200 laps.Last race: Travis Kvapil took the lead with 17 laps to go and held on to win the Line-X Bedliners 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Kvapil started 30th in the 34-car field because he was forced to change an engine after a late Friday practice.Fast facts: Dennis Setzer has held the points lead for 10 straight weeks, four shy of the series record set by Greg Biffle in 2000. ... Kvapil's win was the first for Toyota in 13 races since it joined the series. ... Jack Sprague can become the series' first $5 million winner with a victory.Next race: Toyota Tundra 200, Aug. 14, Gladeville, Tenn.
CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIESGrand Prix of Road AmericaElkhart Lake, Wis.
Schedule: Today, qualifying, 3 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 2:45 p.m.; Sunday, race, 3 p.m. (SPIKE, 4 p.m., tape).Track: Road America (road course, 4.048 miles).Race distance: 210.496 miles, 52 laps.Last race: Paul Tracy vaulted back into championship contention by winning the Molson Indy Vancouver. Tracy, winless since the season-opener April 18, is third in the standings, 44 points behind leader Sebastien Bourdais.Fast facts: A.J. Allmendinger posted his first career podium finish with his third-place showing in Vancouver. ... Junqueira recorded his first Champ Car win at Road America in 2001. ... Bourdais finished second last year.Next race: Aug. 15, Grand Prix of Denver.
INDY RACING LEAGUE
Last race: Buddy Rice beat Tony Kanaan to the finish line by 0.0796 seconds to win the Michigan Indy 400. Kanaan led the race for 183 laps before being passed by Rice, whose average speed of 182.123 mph was the fourth-fastest in IndyCar history.Next race: Belterra Casino Indy 300, Aug. 15, Sparta, Ky.
Last event: Greg Anderson tied the NHRA record for Pro Stock wins in a season with his 12th during the FRAM Autolite Nationals in Sonoma, Calif. Doug Kalitta recorded his fourth career Top Fuel victory at Infineon Raceway while Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car) and Angelle Savoie (Pro Stock Bike) won when their opponents fouled during the final.Next event: Lucas Oil Nationals, Aug. 15, Brainerd, Minn.
Last race: Michael Schumacher matched his own record of 11 victories in a season by winning the German Grand Prix on July 25. Schumacher has also won six straight races to tie the mark set in 1952 by Alberto Ascari.Next race: Hungarian Grand Prix, Aug. 15, Budapest.