The Sideline – June 30

Jeff Gordon to drive pace car at Brickyard 400

INDIANAPOLIS — NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon will drive the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Pace Car to lead the field to the start of the 24th annual Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 23, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Gordon will return to the historic, 2.5-mile oval at IMS, where he is the only driver to win the Brickyard 400 five times (1994, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2014).

California native Gordon, who grew up in nearby Pittsboro, has served as a NASCAR analyst for FOX Sports since retiring full time from the Cup Series after the 2015 season. He competed in the 2016 Brickyard 400 for Hendrick Motorsports as part of a limited schedule while serving as a replacement for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Eastern Hancock athletics go-kart fundraiser next month

The Eastern Hancock Athletic Boosters Club is hosting its second annual Go-Kart Racing Fundraiser on Monday, July 10 at New Castle Motorsports Park.

The event starts at 5 p.m., with registration at 4 p.m. All karts and safety gear will be provided by New Castle Motorsports Park. 

Race team members must be 14 or older with a birth certificate or a valid driver’s license. No open shoes are permitted. Tennis shoes or boots and long pants are required.

Teams can consist of one driver or a maximum of four at a cost of $500 per team. Teams may buy back laps down at $20 each lap.

The winning team will receive a trophy and a 1-hour pass (per participant) to race on a future date. 

Registration deadline is July 3. To register, contact Greg Hall at 317-448-0866 or Bryan Smith 317-468-5145.

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Royals Father-Son hoops clinic set

A Father-Son basketball clinic is being conducted at Eastern Hancock Elementary School on July 10.

The clinic is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $20 for the first son and $10 for each additional son.

The event is open to youths in kindergarten through fifth grade. This special clinic offers fathers and sons the opportunity to work on the game of basketball together.

For more information: aspaulding@easternhancock.org

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NASCAR suspends the interim crew chief for Kyle Busch

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR has suspended yet another crew chief for Kyle Busch.

Engineer and interim crew chief Ben Beshore will miss Saturday night’s race at Daytona because the No. 18 team had two unsecured lug nuts at the end of the Sonoma Raceway race over the weekend. Crew chief Adam Stevens will miss his fourth and final race this weekend for a tire rolling off Busch’s car at Dover. He returns next weekend at Kentucky.

Beshore, who also was fined $20,000, had been Stevens’ replacement. Joe Gibbs Racing says engineer Jacob Canter will crew chief for Busch at Daytona.