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John Youk looks up from a camouflage grill beneath a tent at Kentucky Speedway and eyes a Sprint Tower in the distance. He scans the numbers for Stewart-Haas drivers. “Patrick’s third fastest,” he says, nodding. “Stewart’s quick, sixth. We’ve got hot cars. Oh y...

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Dynamo redefines ‘close to the action’

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05/14/12
Suite tax to play part in Vikings deal

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Sounders using smart cards

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05/07/12
AAC launches new suite program

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05/07/12
K-State sells out all-inclusive suites

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05/07/12
Players Championship gets hip

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05/07/12
It's all about mingling

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05/07/12
Waste reduction pays off

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Concession project highlights

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Luxury plays well at Masters

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