Some short takes from the motorsports notebook:
NHRA president Tom Compton said the NHRA has no plans to pursue another buyer and would continue to operate as it did before the proposed deal.
Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith, who had previously said he would be interested in buying the NHRA, said Thursday that interest “is just on hold now” and that he has no immediate plans to pursue any such deal.
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Daytona International Speedway also announced that Richard Petty, who has won the Daytona 500 seven times and whose father, Lee, won the first 500 in 1959, will serve as honorary starter for this year’s race.
Steve Byrnes is the new host. Drivers Michael Waltrip, Ken Schrader and Greg Biffle will return to be part of the weekly panel that also will feature crew chiefs, including Chad Knaus of the two-time defending Cup series championship team at Hendrick Motorsports.