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NHRA suspends drag racing events for 30 days because of COVID-19

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The National Hot Rod Association has suspended all of its drag racing events for 30 days and postponed its next national event.

The DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals had been scheduled for April 3-5 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The makeup date has yet to be determined.

The NHRA said in a release that it currently plans to resume its original schedule April 17-19 with the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park.

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Last weekend, the majority of the 51st annual Gatornationals were postponed because of the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

The Centers for Disease Control recommended March 15 that gatherings of more than 50 people be canceled or postponed for eight weeks.

Scott Dixon fastest on the second day of Indianapolis 500 practice

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Scott Dixon was fastest on the second day of Indy 500 practice Thursday, turning a lap at 226.102 mph in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Takuma Sato was second, followed by Marco Andretti, Conor Daly and rookie Alex Palou.

The rest of the top 10 were: Colton Herta, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Fernando Alonso and James Davison.

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The session had one incident as Alonso crashed with just less than an hour left in the session. The Arrow McLaren SP driver was optimistic that the car could be repaired without a backup.

Among the other notables on the speed chart Thursday: Ryan Hunter-Reay (11th); Tony Kanaan (14th); Helio Castroneves (16th); Josef Newgarden (18th); Graham Rahal (19th); Will Power (23rd); Alexander Rossi (26th) and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud (27th).

Felix Rosenqvist (24th) and rookie Dalton Kellett turned the most laps (141) around the 2.5-mile oval.

Teams mostly focused on race setup Thursday as they will receive 80 extra horsepower in the “Fast Friday” practice that will feature speeds above 230 mph for qualifying Saturday and Sunday.

The Indy 500 will take place Aug. 23; coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the green flag at 2:30 p.m.

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