Mark Martin

NASCAR goes Hollywood with young drivers leading the way

FONTANA, Calif. — Ryan Blaney already had his Hollywood moment earlier in the week when he got a photo with actress Daisy Ridley at a Lakers game.

"She had no idea who I was," Blaney said with a grin. "I wasn't going to be like, 'Hey, I drive race cars.' You can't do that. That's not cool. We didn't really talk that much. I was just trying not to sweat profusely and make a fool out of myself."

Hopefully the up-and-coming NASCAR driver is a bit smoother on the track at Fontana when he attempts to make another West Coast memory Sunday.

He's in the middle of a crowded field led by pole-sitter Kyle Larson, while defending champion Jimmie Johnson will...

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