Schrader to drive for BAM in Nextel Cup race at Indy

Ken Schrader will drive the No. 49 Dodge for BAM Racing in next weekend’s NASCAR Nextel Cup Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before turning the seat over to Mike Bliss.

Stock car racing’s premier series is off this weekend.

Schrader will remain under contract to Wood Brothers Racing, and Bliss is slated to finish the season with BAM, beginning with the Aug. 5 Cup race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.

The popular Schrader, 52, was to share driving duties in the Woods’ No. 21 Ford with Jon Wood this year. But former Cup champion Bill Elliott took over the car at the Coca-Cola 600 near Charlotte, N.C., in late May. As a former series champion, Elliott was ensured a starting spot for at least six races.

• LOCAL TV — Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring racer Dow Woerner will be featured in a special program at 3 p.m. Sunday on KVVU-TV (Channel 5). The show features Woerner preparing for a weekend of racing at the Bullring during a NASCAR All-American Series event.

• MOTORCYCLES — Reigning Supercross champion James Stewart is expected to compete this weekend in the AMA Motocross race in Lakewood, Colo., after he was injured last weekend during practice.

Stewart crashed in Saturday morning’s first session in New Berlin, N.Y., and missed both motos the next day. Honda’s Kevin Windham, of Centreville, Miss., won the New Berlin title, his first in more than two years. …

The Oct. 12-14 U.S. Open Supercross race at MGM Grand Garden will have a new format.

The invitational all-star race will combine top riders in Supercross and Supercross Lites divisions. The winner will receive $100,000.

Riders can choose to ride bikes with either 250cc four-stroke or 450cc four-stroke engines.

• OPEN WHEEL — Rahal Letterman Racing has fired driver Jeff Simmons and replaced him with Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Hunter-Reay will take over the team’s No. 17 car beginning with this weekend’s IndyCar Series event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington. …

The IndyCars will not compete next year at Michigan International Speedway, track officials said early this week. The decision doesn’t affect this year’s race on Aug. 5. …

Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello have been confirmed as the Honda drivers for next year’s Formula One season. Button’s best result this season was an eighth-place finish at the French Grand Prix, and Barrichello’s best was ninth at Silverstone, England.

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