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LONG POND, PA – JULY 28: The pit crew of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series #1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro driven by Kurt Busch change tires and fuel the car at a pit stop during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander Outdoors 400 on July 28, 2019 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA.(Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Site: Long Pond, Pennsylvania

Schedule: Saturday, race, 3 p.m. (NBCSN); Sunday, race, 3:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Track: Pocono Raceway

Race distance: 130 laps, 325 miles; 140 laps, 350 miles

Last year: Kevin Harvick won the first race of a doubleheader weekend, Denny Hamlin won the second.

Last race: Kyle Larson won at Nashville, his third straight victory in a points race and fourth straight main event overall. He also won the All-Star race at Texas during the streak.

Fast facts: Larson, who had three consecutive second-place runs before starting his winning streak, is the first driver since Jimmie Johnson to win three straight points races. Johnson won four straight in 2007. … Denny Hamlin remains the points leader without a win this season, though his lead has dipped to 10 points over Larson with William Byron third, 81 points back. … Byron leads all drivers with 13 top-10 finishes, and Larson leads with nine top-fives. … Larson’s 1,426 laps led lead all drivers; Hamlin is next,670 behind. … Hamlin and 11th-place Austin Dillon are the only drivers to finish on the lead lap in all 17 races.

Next race: July 4, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

 

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LONG POND, PA – JUNE 01: The pit crew for NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Stephen Leicht of the #01 JD Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro change tires and refuel the car during a pitstop in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Pocono Green 250 Recycled on June 1, 2019 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. (Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Site: Long Pond, Pennsylvania

Schedule: Sunday, race, noon (NBCSN).

Track: Pocono Raceway

Race distance: 90 laps, 225 miles.

Last year: Chase Briscoe won after starting third.

Last race: Kyle Busch led 122 of 189 laps at Nashville and raced to his 100th career victory in the series.

Fast facts: Busch has won all three of his starts in the series this season. His 100 wins are more than double the previous record of 49 wins by Mark Martinhave and have come in 360 starts (27.7%). … Justin Allgaier finished second followed by Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Harrison Burton and Josh Berry. … Defending series champion Austin Cindric’s points lead over A.J. Allmendinger is now 90 with Daniel Hemric 100 back.

Next race: July 3, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

 

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LONG POND, PA – JULY 27: The pit crew for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver Matt Crafton of the #88 Thorsport Racing Ford F150 change tires and fill the truck with gas during the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Gander Outdoors 150 on July 27.2019 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. (Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Site: Long Pond, Pennsylvania

Schedule: Saturday, race, Noon (FS1).

Track: Pocono Raceway

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Race distance: 60 laps, 150 miles.

Last year: Brandon Jones won after starting 10th.

Last race: Ryan Preece passed Grant Enfinger for the lead with seven laps remaining at Nashville to win in his first career start in the series.

Fast facts: Preece, a Cup Series regular, became the fifth driver to win in his Truck Series debut. He raced to get track time ahead of the first Cup Series race at the track two days later. … John Hunter Nemechek had a two-race winning streak snapped but remains the points leader by 70 over Ben Rhodes and 98 over Austin Hill. … Only three races remain on the schedule before the field of 10 drivers begins the playoffs Aug. 20 in Madison, Illinois.

Next race: July 9, Knoxville, Iowa.

 

FORMULA ONE

Styrian Grand Prix

Drivers steer their cars as an official waves a yellow flag at the start of the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)

Site: Styria, Austria.

Schedule: Friday, practice, 5:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.; Saturday, practice, 6 a.m., and qualifying, 9 a.m.; Sunday, race, 9 a.m. (ESPN)

Track: Red Bull Ring.

Race distance: 71 laps, 190.4 miles.

Last year: Seven-time series champion Lewis Hamilton won from the pole.

Last race: Max Verstappen made two pit stops pay off, passing Hamilton, who stopped once, with two laps to go to win the French Grand Prix.

Fast facts: Verstappen leads Hamilton 131-119 in the point standings and Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez is third with 84 points. … Hamilton and Verstappen share the series lead with three victories each, but Red Bull has won the last three races. … This is the first of two consecutive races in Austria. The first was added after a pandemic breakout in Turkey shelved the race planned there earlier this season.

Next race: July 4, Styria, Austria.

 

INDYCAR

Last race: Alex Palou passed Josef Newgarden with two laps remaining and reclaimed the series points lead with a victory at Road America.

Next race: July 4, Lexington, Ohio.

 

NHRA DRAG RACING

Last event: Steve Torrence won in Top Fuel and Matt Hagan won in Funny Car in the NHRA New England Nationals.

Next event: Sunday, Norwalk, Ohio.

WORLD OF OUTLAWS

Next event: Thursday-Saturday, Jackson, Minnesota.

 

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