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Hamilton makes NASCAR history as first black race director (The Associated Press)

Jusan Hamilton grew up working on cars in his grandfather's garage, and he has been in love with motorsports ever since. Hamilton hit a milestone Saturday when he debuted as a NASCAR race director for the Xfinity Series event at Fontana. ''I think this sport is open to everyone,'' Hamilton said.

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Danica Patrick: 'NASCAR makes a really big mistake of fining for some stuff'

Danica Patrick was fined for her actions at Fontana last year. (Getty)

After NASCAR decided not to punish Austin Dillon for his actions in the Xfinity Series race at Phoenix, Danica Patrick wishes NASCAR had previously used that monetary discretion when it comes to giving drivers consequences.

Dillon used his wrecked car to pinch Cole Custer into the wall during last week’s race after contact with Custer led to Dillon’s initial incident. NASCAR parked Dillon for the rest of the race after his actions but didn’t take any further disciplinary action when announcing penalties in the middle of the week.

“Give me my money back,” Patrick said. “I also got fined here [in 2016] for Kasey Kahne right-rearing me on the front straightaway at 215 miles an hour and I gave him this sign, and I got fined for that, too.

“I think NASCAR makes a really big mistake of fining for some stuff, especially something that happens in the car because it makes for good TV – just like fights and all that stuff.  We can handle it.  I think it’s a mistake.  I might be speaking too much, but I’ve been fined a few times and I think that it makes for good TV and I think that we handle it out on the track ourselves.”

Patrick was fined $20,000 for gesturing towards Kahne after she crashed at Auto Club Speedway the site of Sunday’s race. She got the fine because she broke a NASCAR rule that prohibits drivers from walking on or towards the racing surface. The rule was implemented after Tony Stewart struck and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward in a dirt track race.

Dillon’s incident with Custer came just after NASCAR officials brought up the use of cars as weapons when discussing the ramifications from Kyle Busch’s attempted punch of Joey Logano at Las Vegas. While not penalizing Busch for what he tried to do to Logano, NASCAR said it would draw the line when drivers used their cars for vengeance.

While Dillon was appearing to do that, his contact with Custer wasn’t with the gusto that Busch used against Ron Hornaday in the Truck Series in 2011 or Matt Kenseth used towards Logano at Martinsville in 2015. Both Busch and Kenseth got suspended for their actions.

Patrick said she preferred NASCAR’s non-punishment of Dillon be the precedent going forward or, at the least, some transparency of where fine money was going. All fines paid to NASCAR go to the NASCAR Foundation.

“Yeah, I’d rather that be the standard,” Patrick said. “I mean, what does that really do? I’m not gonna not go on vacation. I would actually rather know what it did.  I would actually love to see like the playground that got built for it, or homeless people that got food. I would like to see actually what the money does for fines because it’s supposed to go to charity, right?  So what does it really do? I would like to see that.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a novel idea of how Dillon should have been punished for his actions.

“I am serious, I would have sent him on a Winner’s Circle appearance somewhere,” Junior said. Those appearances are when drivers travel to the market where an upcoming race is being held and do interviews and promotional appearances. “None of the drivers like doing those. And we complain about it to NASCAR all the time having to go to these tracks out of market and do these appearances.  Now, when we go do them we do have fun, but drivers are spoiled and we don’t like to do that stuff, so I would sign him up for an out of market appearance to promote the next Phoenix race in the fall.  And I would get him — the NASCAR children’s charity can never have enough donations, so he could write a small check to them and be done with it. It doesn’t really have to be anything that is harmful really to Austin.

“It’s that — what message do you send to all these guys that are racing at all the local tracks around the country?  Are you sending the message that it is okay for them to drive into each other’s door after the race is over with? So, that is all I worry about.  I know Austin knows right from wrong.  It’s not about trying to teach him a lesson. It’s really what are we trying to tell everyone else all the other drivers?”

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Jordon Smith Wins First Career Main Event at Detroit | 2017 MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS

Jordon Smith holds off Joey Savatgy in a wild race in Detroit to gain his first career 250 main event win.

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The Science of Supercross: The Gate Pick | 2017 MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS

Jeremy McGrath breaks down how gate picks work in Supercross, and how to choose the best one.

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Larson holds off Logano, wins Xfinity Series race at Fontana (The Associated Press)

Kyle Larson holds up the winning trophy after the NASCAR Xfinity auto race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Saturday, March 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Kyle Larson hopes his NASCAR Xfinity race victory will catapult him to a weekend sweep at Fontana. Larson held off Joey Logano on the final lap to win another Xfinity race dominated by Cup drivers on Saturday. Larson thrived out of a late restart with smart moves and a clever lane choice on Fontana's five-wide asphalt.

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Larson holds off Logano, wins Xfinity Series race at Fontana

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) Kyle Larson held off Joey Logano on the final lap to win the NASCAR Xfinity race at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday.

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NASCAR’s biggest stars struggling to stay out of trouble at Auto Club

The list of drivers who have encountered issues this weekend is staggering.

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Kyle Larson outduels Joey Logano to win XFINITY race

Larson and Logano wage a spirited battle over the final 20 laps at Auto Club Speedway.

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XFINITY Series race results for Service King 300 at ACS

Check out the full race results for Saturday's XFINITY affair at Auto Club Speedway.

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All 39 Monster Energy Cup Series paint schemes for Auto Club 400

Check out the look of every car entered in today's Cup race at Auto Club Speedway.

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