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NASCAR NEXTEL CUP: Neighborhood Excellence 400

  • Site: Dover, Del.
  • Schedule: Friday, qualifying (SPEED, 5:30 p.m. ET); Sunday, race (FX, 1:30 p.m. ET).
  • Track: Dover Downs International Speedway (oval, 1 mile, 24 degrees banking in turns).
  • Race distance: 400 miles, 400 laps.
  • Last race: There's finally a new Coca-Cola 600 winner - somebody other than Jimmie Johnson celebrated in Lowe's Motor Speedway's Victory Lane for the first time in six races. Kasey Kahne took the lead with 29 laps to go, then pulled out to such a huge lead that Johnson never had a chance to catch him.
  • Last year: Greg Biffle recorded his series-leading fourth win of the season at Dover International Raceway. In a race slowed seven times for 33 of its 400 laps, Biffle won in part because he avoided traffic problems that resulted in hard crashes. Among those taken from the field were four-time Dover winners Jeff Gordon and Ricky Rudd, and Ken Schrader and Dave Blaney.
  • Fast facts: Tony Stewart is expected to start this weekend despite a broken shoulder blade that knocked him out of last week's event at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Ricky Rudd, who has yet to race this season, will practice and qualify the car and be on standby to relieve Stewart if he needs to get out of the car. ... Kahne and Johnson share the series lead with three wins this season. ... Ryan Newman has won three of the last six Cup races at Dover and has recorded seven top-10 finishes in eight career starts at the track. ... Nine of the last 10 races at Dover have been won by a driver starting inside the top 10. ... Mark Martin, who is winless this season, has four career victories at Dover.
  • Next race: Pocono 500, June 11, Long Pond, Pa.
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  • Site: Dover, Del.
  • Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (SPEED, Noon), race (FX, 3 p.m. ET).
  • Track: Dover Downs International Speedway (oval, 1 mile, 24 degrees banking in turns).
  • Race distance: 200 miles, 200 laps.
  • Last race: Carl Edwards passed Casey Mears on a restart with six laps to go to win the Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Concord, N.C.
  • Last year: Martin Truex Jr. bided his time until the handling on Kevin Harvick's car went away, then passed him for the lead with 70 laps to go and eventually drove away to an easy victory in the MBNA 200 at Dover International Speedway.
  • Fast facts: Edwards' win made Nextel Cup regulars a perfect 13-for-13 in Busch races this season. Todd Kluever was ninth at Concord, the highest finishing Busch driver. ... Clint Bowyer, who came into the race second in the points standings, crashed early in last week's race, so Harvick now has a 348-point lead over Edwards. ... Jamie McMurray and Tony Stewart went to the hospital for further evaluation following separate accidents in last week's race. They both were released after short checkups.
  • Next race: Federated Auto Parts 300, June 10, Lebanon, Tenn.
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  • Site: Dover, Del.
  • Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 10:15 a.m. ET, race (SPEED, 8 p.m. ET).
  • Track: Dover Downs International Speedway (oval, 1 mile, 24 degrees banking in turns).
  • Race distance: 200 miles, 200 laps.
  • Last race: Ron Hornaday Jr. won the City of Mansfield 250 for his series-record 28th career victory, while former baseball star Mike Greenwell finished 26th in his NASCAR debut.
  • Last year: Kyle Busch got a huge break and won for the second week in a row after an error on pit road took dominant Ron Hornaday out of contention at Dover International Speedway. Hornaday led all but 13 of the first 112 laps and 134 of 200 overall. But he was forced to pit a second time after a caution because of a missing lugnut with 50 laps to go.
  • Fast facts: Dennis Setzer is expected to start in his 200th career truck event this weekend. Rick Crawford, Jack Sprague and Terry Cook are the only other drivers to reach that mark. ... Kurt Busch edged Greg Biffle by .210 seconds to win the inaugural event in 2000. ... Dover is the first of three concrete tracks the series will compete on this season. The others are Nashville on Aug. 12 and Bristol on Aug. 23.
  • Next race: Forth Worth 400, June 9, Texas.
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  • Last race: Fernando Alonso won the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, his first victory in Formula One's most prestigious race. Alonso, in a Renault, won for the fourth time in seven races. The defending champion now has 64 points.
  • Next race: British Grand Prix, June 11, Silverstone, England.
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  • CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES: The Milwaukee Mile

  • Site: West Allis, Wis.
  • Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 3 p.m. ET; Sunday, race (SPEED, 2 p.m. ET).
  • Track: The Milwaukee Mile (oval, 1.032 miles, 9 degrees banking in turns).
  • Race distance: 232.20 miles, 225 laps.
  • Last race: Sebastien Bourdais is 3-for-3 after overcoming a slow early pit stop to edge Justin Wilson in the Grand Prix of Monterrey on May 21.
  • Last year: Paul Tracy made a gutsy outside pass of pole-winner Jimmy Vasser on the 19th of 221 laps and held on to win the Road Runner 225 at West Allis. It was Tracy's first win since the previous July in Vancouver and the 29th of his career, tying him for seventh on the Champ Car list with Rick Mears.
  • Fast facts: Bourdais is the first Champ driver to start a season with three straight victories since Tracy in 2003. He's also the first defending champion to open the following season with three consecutive wins since Al Unser Sr. in 1971. Cristiano Da Matta was the last to win four straight races in 2002. The record for consecutive wins to start a season is seven by A.J. Foyt in 1964. ... Andrew Ranger earned a point in the standings by gaining the most positions at Monterrey, where he began 13th and finished seventh. It was the third consecutive event he has moved up more positions than anyone, the first driver to accomplish that feat since the series introduced its current points system in 2004. ... No driver has won this race in consecutive years since Michael Andretti in 1991 and 1992.
  • Next race: SunTrust Indy Challenge, June 24, Richmond, Va.
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  • INDY RACING LEAGUE: Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix

  • Site: Watkins Glen, N.Y.
  • Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 12:20 p.m. ET; Sunday, race (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET).
  • Track: Watkins Glen International (permanent road course, 3.4 miles, 11 turns).
  • Race distance: 204 miles, 60 laps.
  • Last race: Sam Hornish Jr. overcame a big mistake in the pits and a pair of Andrettis to win the Indianapolis 500. Hornish was penalized a lap late in the race for leaving his pit with the fuel hose still connected. Somehow, he found himself back on the lead lap and in fourth, trailing Michael Andretti, his 19-year-old son Marco and Scott Dixon with two laps to go. A late caution flag then set up one of the most dramatic finishes in Indy history. In a last-second move, Hornish whipped around Marco Andretti on the final straightaway and won the second-closest Indy, by .0635 seconds.
  • Last year: Dan Wheldon celebrated his first IRL title and Scott Dixon won the inaugural Indy Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Wheldon secured the title when the race became official at the halfway point, the start of lap 31.
  • Fast facts: Hornish has an IRL-best 15 career victories, and he's won about $10 million, including the record $1.74 million winner's share at Indianapolis. He has 61 top-10 finishes, including 38 in the top three, in his 89 career IndyCar Series races. ... Helio Castroneves was the top qualifier last year, but finished 12th in the race. ... Last year's race finished under caution.
  • Next race: Bombardier 500, June 10, Fort Worth, Texas.
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  • NHRA

  • Last event: Funny Car leader Ron Capps made it 3-for-3 in 2006 final rounds against John Force in the O'Reilly Summer Nationals in Topeka, Kan. Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) and Dave Connolly (Pro Stock) also won.
  • Next event: CarQuest Auto Parts Nationals, June 11, Joliet, Ill.
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