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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) NASCAR's national series tracks announced Thursday that they are asking fans to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag at races following the deadly attack at a South Carolina church two weeks ago.
The facilities vowed to have the most "welcoming environments in all of sports and entertainment."
The statement was signed by International Speedway Corp. and Speedway Motorsports Inc. - which own most of the tracks in the Sprint Cup Series, stretching from Florida to New York to California - as well as 30 specific tracks. It also includes independent tracks such as Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, Pocono Raceway and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
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