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Thursday, July 31, 2003

area events

FRIDAY

  • Late models, modifieds, pure stocks, mini stocks at Fredericktown Raceway, 7:30 p.m.

    Late models, modifieds, hobby stocks, pure stocks, cruisers at Malden Speedway, 7:30 p.m.Saturday

  • Karts, ATVs at SEMO Raceway, Blodgett, 6 p.m.

    Super pro, pro, ET classes at Sikeston Drag Strip, 6 p.m.

    Sprints, modifieds, pure stocks, cruisers at Auto Tire and Parts NAPA Racepark, Benton, 7 p.m.

    Modifieds, pure stocks, mini stocks, 600cc multis at Fredericktown Raceway, 7:30 p.m.

    NASCAR WINSTON CUP

    BRICKYARD 400

  • Site: Indianapolis

  • Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (TNT, 10 a.m.); Sunday, race (NBC, 1:30 p.m.).

  • Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (rectangular oval, 2.5 miles, 9 degrees banking in turns).

  • Race distance: 400 miles, 160 laps.

  • Last year: Bill Elliott passed Rusty Wallace with 11 laps remaining and cruised the rest of the way to win the Brickyard 400.BUSCH SERIES

    KROGER 200

  • Site: Indianapolis

    n Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 3:35 p.m. (Speed Channel, 4:30 p.m., tape), race (TNT, 7 p.m.).

  • Track: Indianapolis Raceway Park (oval, 0.686 miles, 7.5 degrees banking in turns).

    Race distance: 137.2 miles, 200 laps.

  • Last year: Greg Biffle held off a late charge by Jason Keller over the final laps in the crash-filled Kroger 200 to win a battle between the top drivers in the series. It was Biffle's fourth Busch victory in 2002.

    CRAFTSMAN TRUCKS

    POWER STROKE DIESEL 200

  • Site: Indianapolis

  • Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 4:30 p.m., race (Speed Channel, 8 p.m.).

  • Track: Indianapolis Raceway Park (oval, 0.686 miles, 7.5 degrees banking in turns).

  • Race distance: 137.2 miles, 200 laps.

  • Last year: Terry Cook dominated the Power Stroke Diesel 200, leading 189 laps and winning the race by more than a second. Cook, who started on the pole in his Ford, won for the second time in three races and posted a season-high fourth victory of 2002.FORMULA ONE

    GERMAN GRAND PRIX

  • Site: Hockenheim

    n Schedule: Friday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 7 a.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 7 a.m.); Sunday, race (Speed Channel, 6:30 p.m.).

  • Track: Hockenheimring (road course, 2.842 miles).

  • Last year: Michael Schumacher followed up his record-tying fifth Formula One championship by winning the German Grand Prix to match another milestone. It was Schumacher's ninth victory of the 2002 season, the fourth time he equaled his own record for wins in a year.

    NHRA

    FRAM AUTOLITE NATIONALS

  • Site: Sonoma, Calif.

  • Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 5 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN2, 7 p.m., tape); Sunday, early eliminations, 2 p.m. (ESPN, 4 p.m.), final eliminations (ESPN2, 6 p.m.).

  • Track: Sears Point Raceway.

    Last event: John Force won his second straight Funny Car race at Pacific Raceways near Seattle, beating Whit Bazemore in the final for his 108th career victory. Larry Dixon claimed his seventh Top Fuel victory while Greg Anderson won Pro Stock.

  • Last year: John Force won his 102nd career event at the FRAM Autolite Nationals. Doug Herbert took the Top Fuel category while Larry Morgan ended an eight-year drought with a victory in Pro Stock.CART

  • Next race: Mid-Ohio Grand Prix, Aug. 10, Lexington, Ohio

    INDY RACING LEAGUE

  • Next race: Gateway Indy 350, Aug. 10, St. Louis.

    -- From staff, wire reports

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