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Auto Club Speedway Celebrating 20th Anniversary At NASCAR Weekend

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 24 / 17

Auto Club Speedway this weekend is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a host of different events and activities as NASCAR rolls into Fontana. ACS President Dave Allen noted it is the first "birthday" celebration for the ISC-owned track. Allen: “We felt like 20 was a significant one; ...

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Four Big Tech Companies Bidding For NFL's "TNF"

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Goodell Follows Up On Changes To NFL Games

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Disney Chair & CEO Bob Iger Extends Contract

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Coca-Cola's Marcos De Quintos Leaving Company

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ESPN Films Promotes Geist, Inks Edelman Deal

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NCAA Issues Final Warning To N.C. Over HB2

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NHL Players Won't Compromise For Olympics

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Rays' Ballpark Site Search Still Complicated

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