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Angry bees force NASCAR to abandon flag stand at Fontana


March 19, 2016

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — A swarm of bees has taken over the flag stand at Fontana, forcing NASCAR to improvise before the start of qualifying.

The starter is using a temporary platform on the fan side of the fence to start the Sprint Cup Series qualifying laps Friday, track officials say.

Track officials dispensed with most of the bees with a non-lethal spray, but a few angry ones hung around. Although the red light on top of the flag stand is still functional, nobody wanted to wave a green flag in the remaining bees’ faces.

NASCAR officials told the teams and spotters about the problem....

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