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Richmond Int'l Raceway Shifts Gears For Race Weekend Following Dale Earnhardt Jr. News

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 26 / 17

Richmond Int'l Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier in the wake of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement  announcement must decide how his track will "bid farewell to the fan favorite" and "consider how to do business in the seasons ahead when he’s no longer on the track," according to Randy Hal...

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Phoenix Open Looks To Spread Out Experience

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Lady Gaga Passes On Trump Commentary

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Minnesota Readying For Super Bowl LII

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee today "takes the ball" for Super Bowl LII, to be played next year at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, according to Brian Murphy of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. Billboard clocks throughout the metro area "will count down the 52 weeks" until the game. ...

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Phoenix Open Once Again Breaks Attendance Record

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