Cars practice Friday for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.(Photo: Jerry Markland, Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Drivers have brawled a few times over the years at Daytona International Speedway, so why shouldn’t fighters fight at one of racing’s biggest tracks?

The relatively new Professional Fighters League, a mixed martial arts organization, staged four exhibition matches in the infield fan zone at DIS Friday night, giving NASCAR fans a look at an increasingly popular form of ring competition.


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Russ Ramsey, PFL executive chairman, said the organization is looking at the possibility of scheduling events at other NASCAR tracks as part of its 2018 season.

“Tonight is kind of a test,” Ramsey said. “We’re thinking about where else this could work. We think it brings new excitement, youth and energy to fans.”



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