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NASCAR scores win with successful race inside LA Coliseum

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASCAR was the big winner at its glossy Los Angeles gala held inside Memorial Coliseum. In need of an energy boost ahead of its upcoming season, NASCAR broke its dated mold and staged an experimental exhibition race inside one of the most iconic venues in sports. The race itself on a temporary quarter-mile asphalt oval was a sideshow in Sunday’s made-for-Fox Sports spectacular.

Just how successful was the Busch Light Clash? Two losing drivers high-fived a pair of NASCAR senior executives as they . . .

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Johnson and Ganassi cars out of contention at Rolex 24

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chip Ganassi and Jimmie Johnson were both out of contention at the 24 Hours of Rolex at sunrise Sunday of the twice-round-the clock endurance race.

It left only four cars running for the overall victory with about six hours remaining at Daytona International Speedway. Among those still in contention were Wayne Taylor Racing, seeking a record fourth consecutive Rolex win, and Meyer Shank Racing on the 10th anniversary of its victory.

The two Chip Ganassi Racing “star cars” both had mechanical issues that eliminated the Cadillacs from racing for the win. Johnson, in a rival Cadillac for Action Express Racing, drove the No. 48 to the garage with . . .

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NASCAR to require masks in enclosed areas going forward

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — NASCAR is adjusting its health protocols as COVID-19 cases increase across the country.

Beginning with this weekend’s events at Watkins Glen International, all personnel must wear a face mask in enclosed areas at all times, regardless of vaccination status. Enclosed areas include haulers and buildings, restrooms, the infield care center, race control and suites.

NASCAR said the update to its protocols was being implemented on the advice of its consulting physicians and recently issued medical guidance. Masks will not be required outdoors at NASCAR events, provided individuals . . .

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IndyCar embraces Americana charm at Mid-Ohio for holiday

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — IndyCar will celebrate Independence Day in the middle of Ohio — movies at sunset, fireworks at dark and finally a fantastic season of racing taking its show to the fabled sports car course.

The quaint Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course sits halfway between Cleveland and Columbus, nestled to the west of I-71 in Morrow County, where spectators have an equal chance of passing a six-figure luxury vehicle or a horse and . . .

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Kurt Busch chases NASCAR playoffs with future uncertain

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Kurt Busch has welcomed the uncertainty of this season as he chases a playoff berth while pondering his future in NASCAR.

Busch posted the fastest practice time Saturday as NASCAR’s Cup Series returned to Road America for the first time since 1956. His younger brother, Kyle Busch, had the second-fastest practice time but crashed and will have to . . .

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In the clutch: Kyle Busch ends Hendrick win streak at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kyle Busch came through in the clutch. Even when he raced without one. Busch busted Hendrick Motorsports’ winning streak and denied the organization a shot at NASCAR history when he raced to his second victory of the season Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Busch took a broken Toyota to victory lane.

Busch, runner-up in Saturday’s opening Pocono race, ran into trouble early when a leak in the transmission left the car stuck in fourth gear. He needed an assist from a Joe Gibbs Racing crew member who slid in the . . .

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