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A look at the worn Atlanta Motor Speedway surface from a pace car being driven Saturday by John Hunter Nemechek, who finished fourth in the Xfinity Series race Saturday afternoon:

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Ryan Blaney said Friday at Atlanta he was in a weird mood after leading 118 laps Sunday in the Daytona 500, but a late crash resulted in a seventh-place finish.

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Darrell Wallace Jr. has not heard back from Denny Hamlin after their shouting match following the Daytona 500, precipitated by Wallace making a quip about Hamlin's ability to focus after Hamlin had said (supposedly joking) on a podcast that 70 percent of the drivers take Adderall to focus. Wallace said he has been told he is no longer welcome in Hamlin's recreational golf league and Wallace already had decided he would leave Hamlin's recreational basketball league, both which are popular with NASCAR drivers.

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The hearing in BK Racing’s bankruptcy this morning also will determine whether Race Engines Plus and Champion Tire & Wheel will continue to supply BK Racing with engines and wheel and equipment support. Both companies have asked the bankruptcy court to force BK Racing to accept their contracts (which would guarantee payment) or allow them to terminate their deals. REP’s deal with BK Racing is for $35,000 per race; Champion Tire & Wheel is for about $4,000 per race to mount tires on wheels and transport of a pit box. According to BK’s bankruptcy filing, it owes REP $569,539 and Champion $94,999 from past seasons.

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BK Racing is asking the bankruptcy court this morning to be allowed to use cash coming in to pay employees and vendors or else it might have to cease operations. According to its request, BK Racing earned $450,000 for Gray Gaulding’s 20th-place finish in the Daytona 500. The filing states that it also owes 12 employees nearly $21,000 in wages from prior to the Daytona 500. It also states that the value of its charter “may have a value in excess of $5 million," and it could lose the charter if it doesn't race. BK Racing, which already is subject to losing the charter because of the bankruptcy filing, sold a charter to Front Row Motorsports after the 2016 season for reportedly $2 million.

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BK Racing’s charter guarantees it a minimum of $2.9 million for competing in all the races, according to an affidavit filed by a Union Bank & Trust executive as part of recent litigation. The affidavit states BK Racing would earn more than $200,000 for the Daytona 500 and an average minimum of $75,000 for 36 other events throughout the year. It is not clear if that assumes a particular race finish or a last-place finish in every event. NASCAR no longer releases driver earnings following each race, but a $2.9 million base would be fairly consistent with a team 35th in points (drivers who finished between 33rd and 36th in 2015 earned $2.9-$3.2 million). NASCAR would not comment on the accuracy of the bank’s estimates.

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A Georgia man has dropped a $500 million racial discrimination lawsuit that claimed NASCAR rebuffed his efforts to launch programs and a race team to help with NASCAR's diversity efforts. According to Terrance Cox’s notice of voluntary dismissal, he dropped the lawsuit in exchange for NASCAR’s agreement not to seek fees, expenses or sanctions against him. NASCAR statement: “From the very outset, Terrence Cox’s allegations were baseless publicity stunts without any merit or factual backing. We are not surprised that Mr. Cox has chosen to drop this matter and we remain committed to providing a working environment that promotes diversity, equality and respect for one another in everything we do.” Cox and his attorney both declined comment.

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