Sprint Cup


Site: Watkins Glen, New York.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 11:30-1 p.m., 3:30-5 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 10:30 a.m.-Noon); Sunday, race, Noon (ESPN, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.).

Track: Watkins Glen International (road course, 2.45 miles).

Race distance: 220.5 miles, 90 laps.

Last year: Kyle Busch raced to the third of his four 2013 victories.

Last week: Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed a season sweep at Pocono for his third victory of the year.

Fast facts: Race winners get first priority for the 16-driver Chase as long as they are in the top 30 in the standings and attempted to qualify for every race. With five regular-season races left, Earnhardt, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski lead the series with three victories. Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano each have two wins, and Busch, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch also have won. Earnhardt leads the standings. ... Tony Stewart has a record five victories at the track. He’s winless this year. ... Gordon has a Cup-record nine victories on road courses, winning four times at Watkins Glen and five at Sonoma. ... Marcos Ambrose won at the track in 2011 and 2012. ... Edwards won at Sonoma in June.

Next race: Pure Michigan 400, Aug. 17, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan.




Site: Watkins Glen, New York.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 8:30-10 a.m., 1-2:30 a.m.); Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 8:30-10 a.m.), race, 1:15 p.m. (ABC, 1-4 p.m.).

Track: Watkins Glen International (road course, 2.45 miles).

Race distance: 200.9 miles, 82 laps.

Last year: Brad Keselowski raced to the fourth of his seven 2013 victories.

Last week: Keselowski won at Iowa Speedway, holding off Michael McDowell.

Fast facts: The race is the second of three road-course events this year. Brendan Gaughan won at Road America in June. ... Kyle Busch has three victories in 15 starts this year to extend his series-record victory total to 66. He’s racing along with fellow Sprint Cup drivers Keselowski, Marcos Ambrose, Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth and Paul Menard. ... Chase Elliott leads the season standings, two points ahead of JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith and 12 in front of Elliott Sadler and Ty Dillon.

Next race: Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200, Aug. 16, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio.


Camping World Truck

Next race: Careers for Veterans 200, Aug. 16, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan.

Last week: Austin Dillon won at Pocono in a green-white-checkered finish.


Verizon Indycar

Next race: ABC Supply Wisconsin 250, Aug. 17, Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin.

Last week: Target Chip Ganassi’s Scott Dixon raced to his fifth victory at Mid-Ohio in the last eight years. Target Chip Ganassi has won the last six races at the track.


Formula One

Next race: Belgian Grand Prix, Aug. 24, Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.

Last race: Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo won the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 27 for his second victory of the season. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was second.


NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing

Next event: Lucas Oil Nationals, Aug. 14-17, Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minnesota.

Last week: John Force won the NHRA Northwest Nationals in Kent, Washington, for his third Funny Car victory of the season and record 141st overall. Doug Kalitta won in Top Fuel, and Jason Line topped the Pro Stock division.