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ON THE TRACKS This weekend's events



Published: Fri, June 24, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



NASCARNEXTEL CUPDodge/Save Mart 350Sonoma, Calif.

Schedule: Today, qualifying (Speed Channel, 6 p.m.); Sunday, race (FOX, 2:30 p.m.)Track: Infineon Raceway (permanent road course, 1.99 miles, 10 turns)Race distance: 218.90 miles, 110 lapsLast year: Jeff Gordon won the Dodge/Save Mart 350 for his third victory of 2004.

BUSCHSBC 250West Allis, Wis.

Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 6 p.m.); Saturday, race (FX, 9 p.m.)Track: The Milwaukee Mile (oval, 1 mile, 9 degrees banking in turns)Race distance: 250 miles, 250 lapsLast year: Ron Hornaday Jr. rallied from a lap down to win the Alan Kulwicki 250 at The Milwaukee Mile. Hornaday dropped a lap behind when the first caution flag came out while he was in the pits, but rebounded and took the lead for good with seven laps remaining.

CRAFTSMAN TRUCKSToyota Tundra 200West Allis, Wis.

Schedule: Today, qualifying (Speed Channel, 6:30 p.m.), race (Speed Channel, 9 p.m.)Track: The Milwaukee MileRace distance: 200 miles, 200 lapsLast year: Polesitter Ted Musgrave became the series' first repeat winner of 2004 with his victory in the Black Cat Fireworks 200 at The Milwaukee Mile.

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIESGrand Prix of Cleveland

Schedule: Today, qualifying, 3:25 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 2:25 p.m.; Sunday, race (CBS, 1:30 p.m.)Track: Burke Lakefront Airport (temporary road course, 2.106 miles, 10 turns)Race distance: 204.282 miles, 97 lapsLast year: Sebastien Bourdais took advantage of a first-lap crash that knocked out polesitter Paul Tracy and won the Cleveland Grand Prix for the second straight year. Bourdais finished 15.130 seconds ahead of Newman-Haas teammate Bruno Junqueira.Next race: Molson Indy, Toronto, July 10.

INDY RACING LEAGUESunTrust Indy ChallengeRichmond, Va.

Schedule: Today, qualifying, 4:45 p.m.; Saturday, race (ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.)Track: Richmond International Raceway (D-shaped oval, .75 miles, 14 degrees banking in turns)Race distance: 187.50 miles, 250 lapsLast year: Dan Wheldon took advantage of a late crash that knocked out Sam Hornish Jr. and Tomas Scheckter, and outdueled Helio Castroneves on the final lap to win the accident-plagued SunTrust Indy Challenge.Next race: Argent Mortgage Indy 300, July 3, Kansas City, Kan.

NHRASears Craftsman NationalsMadison, Ill.

Schedule: Today, qualifying, 6 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 6 p.m. (Sunday, ESPN2, Midnight, tape); Sunday, eliminations, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2, 9 p.m., tape)Track: Gateway International RacewayLast year: Tragedy occurred at the Sears Craftsman Nationals when Top Fuel driver Darrell Russell died as a result of a crash during the second round of eliminations. The 35-year-old driver's car broke up while traveling about 300 mph and burst into flames just after crossing the finish line. Doug Kalitta won Top Fuel to take over the points lead in that category. Gary Scelzi (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Steve Johnson (Pro Stock Bike) also won.Next event: Mopar Mile High Nationals, July 17, Denver.

Associated Press




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