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ON THE TRACKS | This weekend's events



Published: Thu, July 28, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



NASCARBUSCH SERIESWallace Family Tribute 250Madison, Ill.

Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 4:05 p.m.), race (TNT, 8 p.m.)Track: Gateway International Raceway (egg-shaped oval, 1.25 miles, 11 degrees banking in turns 1-2, 9 degrees in turns 3-4)Race distance: 250 miles, 200 lapsLast race: David Green grabbed the lead on the second-to-last lap and held off polesitter Clint Bowyer to win the ITT Industries 250 at Fountain, Colo. It was Green's first Busch win since Oct. 4, 2003.Fast facts: Martin Truex Jr. recorded his series-leading 11th top-five finish of the season by placing fourth at Pikes Peak. He leads Clint Bowyer by 122 points in the standings. ... Jason Keller has six career top-five finishes at Gateway. ... Todd Gordon, crew chief for Brent Sherman, was fined $2,500 by NASCAR on Tuesday for using an unapproved transmission last weekend.Next race: IRP 200, Aug. 6, Indianapolis.

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIESSan Jose Grand PrixSan Jose, Calif.

Schedule: Today, qualifying, 5:25 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 5:25 p.m.; Sunday, race (Speed Channel, 4:30 p.m.)Track: Streets of San Jose (temporary road course, 1.448 miles, 11 turns)Race distance: Distance not determined -- it is a 1 hour, 45 minute race.Last race: Sebastien Bourdais captured his first victory since the season opener at Long Beach by winning the inaugural Grand Prix of Edmonton on July 17. Bourdais was running third late in the race before taking advantage of mistakes by RuSport drivers A.J. Allmendinger and Justin Wilson.Fast facts: Bourdais and Tracy both have two wins in the first seven races this season. ... Allmendinger was leading the Edmonton race with eight laps to go when he crashed. Wilson spun out on the previous lap and finished fourth. Next race: Centrix Financial Grand Prix, Aug. 14, Denver.

FORMULA ONEHungarian Grand PrixBudapest

Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 7 a.m.); Sunday, race (Speed Channel, 7:30 a.m.)Track: Hungaroring (road course, 2.465 miles)Race distance: 172.55 miles, 70 lapsLast race: Fernando Alonso took advantage of Kimi Raikkonen's stall on the 36th lap and won the German Grand Prix for his sixth victory of the season.Fast facts: Juan Pablo Montoya started from the back of the grid at Hockenheim, but rebounded to finish second. ... In the two races preceding Germany, Raikkonen had engine failures in practice and was penalized 10 places on the starting grid. He also had to abandon the San Marino GP at Imola and the European GP at Nuernburgring while leading both. ... There will be a three-week break following this event.Next race: Turkish Grand Prix, Aug. 21, Istanbul.

INDY RACING LEAGUEMichigan Indy 400Brooklyn

Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 3:45 p.m.; Sunday, race (ABC, 3:15 p.m.)Track: Michigan Speedway (D-shaped oval, 2 miles, 18 degrees banking in turns)Race distance: 400 miles, 200 lapsLast race: Sam Hornish Jr. put teammate Helio Castroneves into the wall and touched tires with at least two other drivers before winning the A.J. Foyt 225 at The Milwaukee Mile. Hornish passed pass Dario Franchitti twice in the waning laps before pulling away for his second win of the season.Fast facts: Danica Patrick was knocked out of last week's race when she slammed hard into a wall on lap 126. She was uninjured and finished 19th, her worst finish in 10 races this season. ... Hornish moved into a tie with Franchitti for second place. Both trail leader Dan Wheldon by 68 points. ... Target Chip Ganassi Racing announced Tuesday it will not renew its 2006 contract option on Darren Manning. Manning finished 20th at Milwaukee and is 13th in the standings -- better than both of his teammates. ... Alex Barron beat Hornish by just 0.0121 seconds to win the 2003 event.Next event: Bluegrass 300, Aug. 14, Sparta, Ky.

NHRAFram Autolite NationalsSonoma, Calif.

Schedule: Today, qualifying, 6:45 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 1 p.m. (ESPN2, 8 p.m., tape); Sunday, eliminations, 2 p.m. (ESPN2, 9 p.m., tape)Track: Infineon RacewayLast event: Brandon Bernstein won Top Fuel for the second time in three events, speeding past points leader Tony Schumacher at the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Pacific Raceways. Eric Medlen won Funny Car and Kurt Johnson took Pro Stock in an uncontested final when Ron Kirsher's car was destroyed by a fire during his semifinal win over Jeg Coughlin.Fast facts: Bernstein is 8-1 in championship races this season. ... Larry Dixon became the fourth driver in NHRA history to sweep the three-race Western Swing by winning Top Fuel in the 2003 event. ... Warren Johnson will be inducted into the Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame on Sunday.Next event: Lucas Oil Nationals, Aug. 14, Brainerd, Minn.

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