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Daytona to offer flag exchange program

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Daytona International Speedway will not ban the Confederate flag from track property this weekend, but will offer the American flag to those who wish to fly it on property.

Daytona President Joie Chitwood said Tuesday the speedway will offer an exchange program in which fans can trade a flag for the American flag. Daytona hosts NASCAR races on Saturday and Sunday nights this weekend. Read More...

Kyle Busch earns first win of season

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) After two practice sessions at Sonoma Raceway, Kyle Busch spent an evening icing his surgically repaired left foot.

He repeated the routine the night before Sunday's race, all in an effort to minimize pain and give himself the best chance to pick up a much-needed victory. Read More...

NASCAR: Confederate flag not welcome

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Calling the Confederate flag an "insensitive symbol" he personally finds offensive, NASCAR chairman Brian France said the sport will be aggressive in disassociating the symbol from its events.

"We want to go as far as we can to eliminate the presence of that flag," France told The Associated Press on Saturday. "I personally find it an offensive symbol, so there is no daylight how we feel about it and our sensitivity to others who feel the same way. Read More...

Earnhardt backs ban on Confederate flag

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's most popular driver, called the Confederate flag "offensive to an entire race" Friday while voicing his support for it being removed from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse.

NASCAR this week said it backs South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds, and noted that it bars the flag symbol in any official NASCAR capacity. Earnhardt backed NASCAR's position when asked about the issue before practice at Sonoma Raceway. Read More...

Jones emerges with historic weekend

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) All year long, Erik Jones was the kid who couldn't finish a NASCAR Trucks race.

The 19-year-old Jones shed that label with a brilliant run at Iowa Speedway and then made history 24 hours later by becoming the first driver to sweep Camping World Trucks and Xfinity races on different tracks in the same weekend. Read More...

NBC set for return to NASCAR coverage

Only one driver has celebrated winning the Triple Crown of IndyCar in the same calendar year. Juan Pablo Montoya will try to stay in contention for the sweep when he races Saturday at Auto Club Speedway in California.

Montoya won the Indianapolis 500 in May, the first of three 500-mile races on the IndyCar calendar. Up next is the 250-lap race in Fontana, California, and then the 200-lap race at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 23. Read More...

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