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Sprint Car driver Greg Hodnett killed in crash during race

Sprint Car driver Greg Hodnett was killed in a crash Thursday night during an event at BAPS Motorspeedway in York Haven, Pennsylvania, the World of Outlaws said in a news release. He was 49.

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Hodnett, from Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, was a five-time champion at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania and was the 1993 World of Outlaws top rookie, ESPN reported. He won 20 World of Outlaws races during his career.

“To me, Greg represented the true gentleman competitor in the pit area,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said in the news release.

A statement on Hodnett's website said: "Please keep (wife) Sherry, the entire Hodnett family, and the Heffner racing team in your thoughts and prayers. Greg was a professional in every sense of the word, and will be desperately missed!"

Iowa boy, 11, who wanted casket decorated with racing stickers dies

An 11-year-old Iowa boy suffering from leukemia who wanted to decorate his casket with racing stickers died Monday morning, KCCI reported.

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Caleb Hammond, of Oskaloosa, died at 2 a.m. Monday, his mother, Holly Kempf, wrote on Facebook. The boy was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2017, according to the Des Moines Register. Caleb went through several months of unsuccessful chemotherapy treatments and a bone marrow transplant, before he and his family decided to discontinue treatment, the newspaper reported.

Kempf wrote on Facebook Monday: "Our little Mr went peacefully in his sleep at 2:00 a.m. today surrounded by our families. Before I was woken up being told he was getting ready to pass, he was smiling at me while I was dreaming. With my hand on his chest, I felt his last breath and a few last heartbeats."

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Caleb received hundreds of stickers from all over the country, including some from NASCAR and IndyCar drivers, WXIN reported. He also was given the chance to drive a race car on a dirt track and ride in a $3 million race car, KCCI reported. Ferrari dealer Garrett Hayim sent the race car, a driver and a racing suit to Iowa so Caleb could ride at the Iowa Speedway, the television station reported.

On Facebook, NASCAR Off-Track posted that the #TeamCaleb car decal will be run in the boy’s honor Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Twelve NASCAR race cars will honor Hammond today at IMS during the Xfinity race and Brickyard 400, WXIN reported.

Several NASCAR drivers and teams tweeted their condolences Monday.

Funeral services are pending, KCCI reported.

Photos: Dale Earnhardt Jr. through the years

Images of retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. throughout his time in the public eye.

Sprint car driver Jason Johnson dies from injuries suffered in crash

Sprint car racer Jason Johnson died Sunday from injuries suffered after a crash at Saturday night’s World of Outlaws race at Beaver Dam Raceway, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. He was 41.

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Johnson crashed on the 18th lap of the race at the Wisconsin track. Johnson, of Eunice, Louisiana, was racing for the lead in the dirt-track race with eventual winner Daryn Pitman when his car flipped and crashed through the billboards near Turn 3, the Journal-Sentinel reported.

Johnson was airlifted to a hospital in Summit, Wisconsin, where he died, the newspaper reported.

Johnson debuted in the World of Outlaws series in 1998 and began racing full time on the circuit in 2015, according to Bleacher Report.

He was the league's Rookie of the Year in 2015. Johnson had 12 victories on the circuit, including two this year, Bleacher Report said.

Johnson is second driver in four years to die from injuries suffered in a sprint car crash at Beaver Dam Raceway. Scott Semmelmann was killed in an accident in practice at an Interstate Racing Association in September 2014, the Journal-Sentinel reported.

Johnson is survived by his wife, Bobbi, and a son, Jaxx, according to the World of Outlaws website.

Sunday's NASCAR race at Martinsville canceled by snow

For the first time since 1993, a NASCAR race was canceled because of snow.

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The STP 500 race at Martinsville Speedway was moved to Monday after snow continued to fall at the Virginia racetrack, NASCAR reported on its website. The Camping World Truck Series race, which was canceled after 23 laps Saturday, also resumes on Monday at 11 a.m. EDT, with the STP 500 expected to begin at 2 p.m.

Both races will air on FS1.

NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O'Donnell tweeted that the decision was made for safety reasons.The last time snow postponed a NASCAR Cup race came in 1993 at Atlanta, ESPN reported.

Martin Truex Jr. is on the pole for the STP 500.

Dale Jr., Amy Earnhardt expecting baby girl

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to be a dad.

The NASCAR driver and his wife, Amy Earnhardt, made Instagram posts announcing they are expecting a baby girl, according to NASCAR.com.

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“Excited to share the wonderful news that @mrsamyearnhardt and I are expecting our first child. A little girl!!!! We are both thrilled and can’t wait to meet her,” Dale Earnhardt Jr., 43, captioned his post Monday.

Related: Photos: Dale Earnhardt Jr. through the years

Amy Earnhardt reposted the same image with his message and heart-eyed emojis.

The couple got married in a New Year’s Eve ceremony in 2016.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. pays tribute to dad on what would have been his 66th birthday

Dale Earnhardt Jr. took a moment Saturday morning to pay tribute to his father on what would have been Dale Earnhardt’s 66th birthday.

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Happy Birthday dude,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrote on his Instagram page alongside a photo of himself as a child with his dad.

It had already been quite a week for the younger Earnhardt. He announced Tuesday that he would be retiring at the end of the 2017 NASCAR season and he celebrated the creation of The Dale and Amy Earnhardt Activity Room at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, alongside his wife, Amy.

Besides Dale Earnhardt’s fans, fellow drivers and other members of the Earnhardt family also paid tribute to the NASCAR legend.

“Thinking about my pawpaw today on his 66th birthday,” Jeffrey Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt’s grandson, wrote on his Instagram page. “Some (heroes) wore capes, he wore a fire suit. Big inspiration in my life.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to miss rest of NASCAR season

Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday that he will miss the rest of the NASCAR season as he recovers from a concussion.

Earnhardt first began experiencing concussion-like symptoms in late July, and has since been undergoing treatment. He will not drive in NASCAR’s final 18 races of the season.

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“I wish I could return to the No. 88 team this season. To say I'm disappointed doesn't begin to describe how I feel, but I know this is the right thing for my long-term health and career," Earnhardt said on his website. "I'm 100 percent focused on my recovery, and I will continue to follow everything the doctors tell me."

Earnhardt said he plans to return to action in February for the season-opening Daytona 500.

Jeff Gordon and Alex Bowman will continue to share seat time in the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. Gordon will drive four races, including Sunday at Darlington Raceway, as well as Richmond, Dover and Martinsville. Bowman will finish the year with eight more starts.

Earnhardt missed two races during the 2012 season after suffering two concussions over a six-week period.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Rascal Flatts responds to brutal attack on NASCAR veteran Mike Wallace, daughter

Three people have been arrested in connection with an assault on former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Mike Wallace and his daughter after a Rascal Flatts concert Friday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Wallace posted a note on Facebook about the assault, which he said sent him and his adult daughter Lindsey Wallace Van Wingerden to the hospital, ESPN reported.

Rascal Flatts responded to the incident on Twitter.

He sat down with WSOC-TV on Sunday evening to share his horrifying story.

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Wallace told WSOC that he was in the parking lot and said the question that prompted the attack was, “How did you like the show?”

According to Wallace, a group of people started screaming at him and then beat him up after he asked that question.

Wallace was at the show with his family and his daughter tried to help him, but she said the group then turned on her.

The 57-year-old said he suffered a concussion. His daughter was also rushed to the hospital after she tried to protect her father.

She said she can't comprehend the motives behind the fight.

“It scares us to think we can't even go to a concert together without someone going to attack you or what's going to happen next,” Wallace Van Wingerden said.

Wallace received 12 stitches and lost three teeth in the fight, but told WSOC his greater concern was for his daughter.

“I woke up. I see my daughter laying on the ground, which is devastating for a father,” he said. “I mean, that's the worst thing in the world.”

“We were told on site that CMPD at the PNC Theater, that they've dealt with this group on two or three separate occasions so far this concert season,” Wallace said. “The people this happened with are actual contractors with PNC. They're maintenance crews. Their company provides maintenance and yard landscaping services from what we're told.”

Three men were arrested in the assault, which happened at the PNC Music Pavilion: Paul Lucas, 29, Nathan Lucas, 22, of Indian Trail and Randolph Mangum, 24, of Monroe.

Nathan Lucas and Mangum were charged with misdemeanor simple assault, while Paul Lucas was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female, according to police records. All were released after posting bond and will appear in court July 22.

“The physical side is going to heal,” Wallace Van Wingerden told WSOC. “The bruises are going to heal. There's doctors gonna fix things, but now it’s the emotional parts. You see these flashbacks knowing there are people out there.”

“It's a weekend we did not plan on having,” she said. “I could think of a lot better things to be doing on Father's Day, that's for sure.”

The eldest brother of the Wallace racing family, which includes Rusty Wallace and Kenny Wallace, Mike Wallace had 197 starts in his Sprint Cup career, his last coming in the 2015 Daytona 500.

He has competed in 17 Cup races in the past 10 years. His last full NASCAR season was in 2013 when he competed in the Xfinity Series, where he has four career wins in 494 starts.

Photos: 100th running of Indy 500

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