|Auto Racing Glance|
|Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:41 PM|
Site: Joliet, Ill.
Schedule: Saturday, practice; Sunday, qualifying (ESPN2, 11 a.m.-noon); race, 3 p.m. (ESPN, 2:30-5:30 p.m.).
Track: Chicagoland Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Elliott Sadler raced to the third of his four 2012 victories, overcoming a stomach virus. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was second.
Last week: Kyle Busch won at New Hampshire for his seventh victory of the year and record 58th overall, holding off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brian Vickers in overtime.
Fast facts: Busch is skipping the race, turning over the No. 54 Toyota to Joey Coulter. … Joey Logano is the lone full-time Sprint Cup driver in the field. … Vickers is coming off a Sprint Cup victory Sunday in New Hampshire. … Regan Smith leads the standings, five points ahead of Sam Hornish Jr. Austin Dillon is third, 12 points behind Smith. … Truck series points leader Matt Crafton is making his second Nationwide start. He was second last month at Kentucky Speedway. … The series will return to the track in September.
Next race: Indiana 250, July 27, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis.
Next race: Brickyard 400, July 28, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis.
Last week: Brian Vickers won at New Hampshire in Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 55 Toyota he shares with Waltrip and Mark Martin. Kyle Busch was second.
CAMPING WORLD TRUCK
Next race: Mudsummer Classic, July 24, Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, Ohio.
Last week: Timothy Peters won at Iowa Speedway for the second straight year, beating 17-year-old Erik Jones by 0.225 seconds.
NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING
MILE-HIGH NHRA NATIONALS
Site: Morrison, Colo.
Schedule: today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 10 p.m.-midnight); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 6-9 p.m.).
Track: Bandimere Speedway.
Last year: Allen Johnson raced to his fourth straight Pro Stock victory en route to a seven-win season and his first series title. Antron Brown won the Top Fuel division, Jack Beckman topped the Funny Car field and Eddie Krawiec won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Last event: Johnny Gray won for the fourth time this season in Funny Car, beating Ron Capps on July 7 in Norwalk. Khalid alBalooshi won in Top Fuel, Mike Edwards topped the Pro Stock field and Matt Smith won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Fast facts: Shawn Langdon leads the Top Fuel standings, a point ahead of 7-time champion Tony Schumacher. They each have three victories. … Matt Hagan has a 101-point lead over Johnny Gray in Funny Car, Edwards tops the Pro Stock standings, and Hector Arana Jr. is the Pro Stock Motorcycle leader. … The track is nearly 6,000 feet above sea level.
Next event: NHRA Sonoma Nationals, July 26-28, Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif.
Next race: Honda Indy 200, Aug. 4, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington.
Last week: Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon became IndyCar’s active victory leader with 32, following his Pocono win with a doubleheader sweep in Toronto. He’s seventh on career victory list.
Next race: Hungarian Grand Prix, July 28, Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary.
Last race: Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won the German Grand Prix on July 7. The German driver leads the standings and has a series-high four victories.
ARCA RACING SERIES: Ansell ActivArmr 150, Sunday (Speed, 6-8 p.m.), Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Ill. Online: http://www.arcaracing.com
AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES: Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix, Sunday (ESPN2, 1-3 p.m.), Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario. Online: http://www.alms.com
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Friday-Saturday, Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Sunday, Lebanon Valley Speedway, West Lebanon, N.Y. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com
U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Sprint Car: Thursday, Lincoln Park Speedway, Putnamville, Ind.; Friday, Bloomington Speedway, Bloomington, Ind.; Saturday, Tri-State Speedway, Haubstadt, Ind. Online: http://www.usacracing.com