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NASCAR returns to Daytona for the holiday weekend

By The Associated Press

All Times Eastern

NASCAR

MONSTER CUP

COKE ZERO 400

Site: Daytona, Florida.

Schedule: Thursday, practice, 3 p.m. (NBCSN), practice, 5 p.m. (NBCSN); Friday, qualifying, 4:10 p.m. (NBCSN); Saturday, race, 7:30 p.m., NBC.

Track: Daytona International Speedway (oval, 2.5 miles).

Race distance: 400 miles, 160 laps.

Last year: Brad Keselowski won the summer stop at Daytona.

Last week: Kevin Harvick won at Sonoma, his first victory of 2017.

Fast facts: The series returns to Daytona for the first time since the 500 in February, when Kurt Busch emerged as the surprise winner. … Harvick’s win at Sonoma pushed him to third in the standings. Harvick now has a victory, three stage wins and eight playoff points. … Chase Elliott will be in in the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports through 2022 after a four-year contract extension. Elliott heads to Daytona in sixth place overall.

Next race: Quaker State 400, July 8, Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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NASCAR

XFINITY

COCA-COLA FIRECRACKER 250

Site: Daytona, Florida.

Schedule: Thursday, practice, 2 p.m., (NBCSN), practice, 4 p.m., (NBCSN); Friday, qualifying, 2:10 p.m. (NBCSN), race, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN.

Track: Daytona International Speedway (oval, 2.5 miles).

Race distance: 250 miles, 100 laps.

Last year: Aric Almirola took first despite starting 23rd.

Last race: William Byron won in Iowa, his first victory in the series.

Fast facts: Byron’s victory at Iowa Speedway wasn’t a complete shock considering he had won seven truck events in 2016 — including at Iowa. … Christopher Bell led 252 laps combined between the Xfinity and Truck series last weekend without winning either race. … Byron joined Ryan Reed and Justin Allgaier as series regulars with wins that all but assure a playoff spot.

Next race: Alsco 300, July 7, Kentucky Motor Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky.

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NASCAR

CAMPING WORLD TRUCK

Last week: John Hunter Nemecheck won his second consecutive race in Iowa.

Next race: Buckle Up In Your Truck 225, July 6, Kentucky Speedway.

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INDYCAR

Last week: Scott Dixon won at Road America for his 41st career victory, one shy of Michael Andretti for third all-time.

Next race: Iowa Corn 300, July 9, Iowa Speedway.

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FORMULA ONE

Last race: Daniel Ricciardo won after starting just 10th in Baku.

Next race: Austrian Grand Prix, July 9, Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria.

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NHRA

Last race: Steve Torrence took first in Top Fuel in Ohio.

Next race: Route 66 NHRA Nationals, July 9, Route 66 Raceway, Elwood, Illinois.

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OTHER RACES

WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Thursday, Clash at the Creek, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minnesota; Saturday, Dakota State Fair Speedway, Huron, South Dakota.

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