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COLUMN: NASCAR off to a fast start, but ratings still sink

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bad news first: The overnight television ratings for NASCAR's race in California were down. The ratings were down for Phoenix, Las Vegas and Atlanta, too. Basically, nothing NASCAR does can stop this slide, it seems.

So what's the good news?

Well, NASCAR really couldn't have asked for a better start to its season.

Five drivers won the first five races. The lead changed in the waning laps each time.

NASCAR rookie Suarez has new crew chief at Joe Gibbs Racing

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR rookie Daniel Suarez has a new crew chief.

Joe Gibbs Racing said crew chief Dave Rogers is out indefinitely on personal leave. Scott Graves will now call the shots for the No. 19 Toyota in the Cup series.

Standings: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

As of: Mar. 30
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Kyle Larson2436
2Chase Elliott2144
3Martin Truex Jr.2057
4Brad Keselowski1793
5Joey Logano1745
6Jamie McMurray16211
7Ryan Blaney1578
8Clint Bowyer14313
9Kevin Harvick1371
10Kyle Busch13624
11Ryan Newman12319
12Denny Hamlin12318

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Justin Timberlake to perform at US Grand Prix in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Justin Timberlake will perform race weekend at Formula One's only stop in the U.S.

Organizers of the U.S. Grand Prix announced Wednesday that the pop singer will perform on Oct. 21.

The Texas race got a major boost in 2016 from Taylor Swift's only concert of the year. President of the Circuit of the Americas Bobby Epstein says music artists see the weekend as a global stage and that Timberlake "fits right in."

Timberlake is scheduled to perform after race qualifying. The U.S. Grand Prix is the following day.