ON THE TRACKS | This weekend's events
NASCARNEXTEL CUPSirius at The GlenWatkins Glen, N.Y.
Schedule: Today, qualifying (Speed Channel, 3 p.m.); Sunday, race (Speed Channel, 5 p.m.)Track: Watkins Glen International (permanent road course, 2.45 miles, 11 turns)Race distance: 220.5 miles, 90 laps.Last race: Jeff Gordon won the Brickyard 400 to become the fourth driver to record four wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, joining four-time Indy 500 winners A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears.Last year: Robby Gordon stretched his fuel over the final 39 laps and completed a sweep of the 2003 road-course races with a victory at Watkins Glen.
Craftsman TrucksToyota Tundra 200Gladeville, Tenn.
Schedule: Today, qualifying (Speed Channel, 5 p.m.); Saturday, race (Speed Channel, 5 p.m.)Track: Nashville Superspeedway (tri-oval 1.33 miles, 14 degrees banking in turns)Race distance: 200 miles, 150 laps.Last race: Chad Chaffin took the lead on the final lap to win the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Chaffin's car owner, Bobby Hamilton, finished third and took over the series points lead.Last year: Carl Edwards won his second straight race by capturing the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Edwards was forced to the rear of the 33-truck field at the start because of an engine change.
CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIESGrand Prix of Denver
Schedule: Today, qualifying, 4 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 3:45 p.m.; Sunday, race, 3 p.m. (SPIKE, 4 p.m., tape)Track: Streets of Denver (temporary street course, 1.674 miles, 9 turns)Race distance: 155.682 miles, 93 laps.Last race: Alex Tagliani, who didn't participate in the first round of qualifying after a practice crash, passed Rodolfo Lavin with four laps to go and won the Grand Prix of Road America for his first victory in 85 races.Last year: Bruno Junqueira started from the pole and won his second straight Grand Prix of Denver. Junqueira lost the lead for 30 laps and brushed the wall with 16 laps to go, but overtook Oriol Servia in the pits midway through the race and led the final 44 laps.
FORMULA ONEHungarian Grand PrixBudapest
Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 8 a.m.); Sunday, race (Speed Channel, 7:30 a.m.)Track: Hungaroring (road course, 2.465 miles)Race distance: 172.55 miles, 70 laps.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 won six straight overall to tie the mark set in 1952 by Alberto Ascari.Last year: Spain's Fernando Alonso led from the start in the Hungarian Grand Prix and became the youngest winner of a Formula One race at age 22. Alonso won while lapping Michael Schumacher.
INDY RACING LEAGUEBelterra Casino Indy 300Sparta, Ky.
Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, race (ABC, 3:30 p.m.)Track: Kentucky Speedway (tri-oval, 1.5 miles, 14 degrees banking in turns)Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps.Last race: Buddy Rice edged Tony Kanaan by 0.0796 seconds to win the Michigan Indy 400. Kanaan led for 183 laps before being passed by Rice, whose average speed of 182.123 mph was the fourth-fastest in series history.Last year: Sam Hornish Jr. set records for average speed and career wins with nine at the Belterra Casino Indy 300. Hornish averaged 197.897 mph, shattering the series speed record of 180.917 mph set by Alex Barron the previous month.
NHRALucas Oil NationalsBrainerd, Minn.
Schedule: Today, qualifying, 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 11 a.m. (ESPN2, 8 p.m., tape); Sunday, eliminations, Noon (ESPN2, 7 p.m., tape)Track: Brainerd International Raceway.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.Last year: Doug Kalitta edged Tony Schumacher in the Top Fuel final of the Lucas Oil Nationals. Anderson won Pro Stock while Gary Densham took Funny Car.