Courtesy of The Associated Press
All time Central (U.S.)
NASCAR Sprint Cup
Site: Long Pond, Pa., Pocono Raceway (triangle, 2.5 miles)
TV schedule: Friday, practice (11 a.m., Speed), qualifying (2:30 p.m., ESPN2); Saturday, practice (9 a.m., ESPN2); Sunday, race (1 p.m., ESPN)
Race distance: 500 miles/200 laps
2008 winner: Carl Edwards
Fast facts: Tony Stewart, the June winner at Pocono, has a series-high 3,054 points with six races to go before the 12-driver Chase for the championship. Jeff Gordon (2,847) is second, Kurt Busch (2,608) fourth and Edwards (2,556) fifth. Matt Kenseth (2,429) is 12th, followed by David Reutimann (2,361) and Kyle Busch (2,347). ... Mark Martin, the series victory leader with four, is winless in 44 starts at Pocono.
U.S. Cellular 250
Site: Newton, Iowa, Iowa Speedway (oval, 0.875 miles)
TV schedule: Saturday, qualifying (noon, ESPN2), race, (3:30 p.m., ESPN)
Race distance: 218.75 miles/250 laps
2008 winner: Inaugural race
Fast facts: Former NASCAR star Rusty Wallace designed the track. ... Kyle Busch, a six-time winner this year, leads the season standings with 3,296 points, followed by Carl Edwards (3,104), Brad Keselowski (2,904), Jason Leffler (2,790) and Joey Logano (2,395). ... Busch, Edwards and Kevin Harvick will commute from the Sprint Cup event in Pennsylvania. ... Germain Racing’s Michael Annett is from Des Moines.
NASCAR Camping World Trucks
Toyota Tundra 200
Site: Gladeville, Tenn., Nashville Superspeedway (oval, 1.333 miles)
TV schedule: Saturday, race, (7 p.m., Speed)
Race distance: 200 miles/150 laps
2008 winner: Johnny Benson
Fast facts: Ron Hornaday Jr., winless at Nashville Superspeedway, tops the season standings with 2,098 points, followed by Mike Skinner (1,924), Matt Crafton (1,922), Todd Bodine (1,803) and David Starr (1,758). ... Hornaday, who raced to his series-record fourth straight victory on Friday, has five wins this year to push his series-record total to 43.
Meijer Indy 300
Site: Sparta, Ky., Kentucky Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles)
TV schedule: Friday, qualifying (5 p.m., Versus); Saturday, race, (7 p.m., Versus)
Race distance: 300 miles/200 laps
2008 winner: Scott Dixon
Fast facts: Scott Dixon, a three-time winner this year, tops the season standings with 380 points. Dario Franchitti is second with 377, followed by Ryan Briscoe (366), Helio Castroneves (309) and Danica Patrick (285). ... Tony Kanaan, who was burned on his hands and face by a pit fire during Sunday’s race in Edmonton, has been cleared to race this weekend. ... Dixon won the last oval race, in Richmond, Va., on June 27.