AUTO RACING: Hamilton closing gap on Verstappen in F1 race
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Hungarian Grand Prix
Site: Mogyorod, Hungary.
Schedule: Friday, practice, 5:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.; Saturday, practice, 6 a.m., and qualifying, 9 a.m.; Sunday, race, 9 a.m. (ESPN)
Race distance: 70 laps, 190.5 miles.
Last year: Lewis Hamilton won after starting on the pole.
Last race: Hamilton, a seven-time series champion, ended a three-race winning streak for points leader Max Verstappen with his eighth career victory in the British Grand Prix.
Fast facts: Hamilton’s victory pulled him within eight of the points lead. Hamilton (4 wins) and Verstappen (5 wins) have won nine of the 10 races run so far this season. ... There are 13 remaining on the schedule, which continues through mid-December. ... Hamilton won three of the first four races on the schedule. Verstappen won four of the next five.
Next race: Aug. 29, Stavelot, Belgium.
NASCAR CUP SERIES
Last race: Aric Almirola jumped from 27th in the point standings to a berth in the playoffs, outrunning Christopher Bell at New Hampshire for his third career victory.
Next race: Aug. 8, Watkins Glen, New York.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
Last race: Christopher Bell won the first two stages and led 151 of 200 laps in his first start in the series since 2019 to win at New Hampshire.
Next race: Aug. 7, Watkins Glen, New York
NASCAR TRUCK SERIES
Last race: Austin Hill earned his first victory of the season after four overtime restarts in the series’ debut on the half-mile dirt track in Knoxville, Iowa.
Next race: Aug. 7, Watkins Glen, New York.
Last race: Josef Newgarden led 73 laps at Mid-Ohio and won for the first time this year.
Next race: Aug. 8, Nashville, Tennessee.
NHRA DRAG RACING
Last event: Steve Torrence won in Top Fuel and Robert Hight won in Funny Car at Sonoma, California.
Next event: Aug. 1, Pomona, California.
WORLD OF OUTLAWS
Next events: July 30. Ransomville, New York, and July 31, Weedsport, New York.