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RACING AT A GLANCE

BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL

Kroger NASCAR 200

* Site: Clermont, Ind.

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

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* Race distance: 137.2 miles, 200 laps.

* Schedule: Thursday, first-round qualifying; today, second-round qualifying; race, 5:30 p.m. PDT (ESPN).

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CRAFTSMAN TRUCKS

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Pennzoil-VIP

Discount Auto 200

* Site: Loudon, N.H.

* Track: New Hampshire International Speedway (oval, 1.058 miles, 12 degrees banking in corners).

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* Race distance: 211.6 miles, 200 laps.

* Schedule: Saturday, qualifying; Sunday, race, 10 a.m. (TNN).

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FORMULA ONE

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German Grand Prix

* Site: Hockenheim, Germany.

* Track: Hockenheimring (road course, 4.239 miles).

* Race distance: 190.8 miles, 45 laps.

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* Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 4 a.m. (Speedvision); Sunday, race, 4:30 a.m. (Speedvision; also Fox Sports West, 1 p.m.)

* Fast facts: Germany’s Michael Schumacher, the 1995 winner, recently signed a three-year contract with Ferrari for $42 million a season. He has four victories this year and 31 overall. . . . Canada’s Jacques Villeneuve, a seven-time winner last year en route to the series title, is winless this year. He is leaving Williams to join British American Racing for the 1999 season.

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NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSN.

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Northwest Nationals

* Site: Kent, Wash.

* Track: Seattle International Raceway.

* Schedule: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying, noon and 4 p.m. (ESPN2, 6:30 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 4:30 p.m.).

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* Fast facts: Cory McClenathan, a five-time winner this year, leads the top-fuel standings with 967 points, 35 more than Joe Amato. Chuck Etchells has a one-point lead over John Force in the funny car standings. Force has four victories at Seattle International Raceway.

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CHAMPIONSHIP AUTO RACING TEAMS

* Next race: Miller Lite 200, Aug. 9, Lexington, Ohio.

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INDY RACING LEAGUE

* Next race: Radisson 200, Aug. 16, Fountain, Colo.


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