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Jones and Evans are scheduled to fight as the main event during UFC 145 on April 21 in Atlanta.

Jones toured Daytona International Speedway, said he loves cars and was planning to pull for former Daytona 500 champion Kevin Harvick. He added that NASCAR drivers and mixed martial arts fighters have a bond that stems from putting their bodies at risk every time they compete.

“What I think attracts NASCAR drivers to mixed martial arts is just it’s as real as it gets,” Jones said. “In the cage, it’s not really a game, you know. If you mess up, you can get seriously injured. It’s live speed, and it’s extremely real. I think that’s something maybe drivers relate to. When you’re on the track, every movement counts, and a mess-up could be really dangerous.”


GIANT VISITORS: New York Giants defensive ends Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora were on hand for The Great American Race. The Super Bowl champions were introduced at the pre-race drivers’ meeting, and the most significant part of their appearance was Tuck’s left shoulder.

Tuck’s arm was in a sling, evidence of his recent shoulder surgery.

Coach Tom Coughlin revealed the surgery Friday at the NFL Combine.

Tuck battled through a number of injuries during the regular season and missed four games. He was held out of a practice prior to New York’s NFC wild-card round game against the Atlanta Falcons because of his ailing shoulder.


WAKE-UP CALL: Lenny Kravitz wasn’t quite ready for his midday concert.

Kravitz preformed the pre-race event and strolled into Daytona International Speedway wearing dark shades and moving somewhat slowly.

“Once I wake up, we should be OK,” he said.

The seven-time Grammy Award winner eventually got things rolling and played some fan favorites in the rain, including “American Woman” and “Are You Gonna Go My Way.”

He joked about how different his lifestyle is from the normal.

“It’s oddball every night,” he said. “Nothing normal about this life.”

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