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(Statistics through Aug. 1)

Alon Day
Alon Day

Alon Day could make history as the first Israeli to drive in a NASCAR national series race.

Day, 24, is poised to make his debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Aug. 13 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, USA Today reported on July 30.

The Xfinity Series is NASCAR’s second-tier league, behind only the Sprint Cup Series. 

Day, who lives in Tel Aviv, was one of 11 drivers selected to the NASCAR Next program in May. The program is designed to develop and promote the sport’s upcoming stars.

According to USA Today, Day’s NASCAR hopes were recently given a boost by a Jewish lawyer from Florida. NASCAR fan David Levin, 63, was watching a race in April when Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson gave an invocation and said that he hopes “we put a Jesus man in the White House.”

Levin was offended by the comment, so he reached out to the MBM Motorsports racing team. The Xfinity Series team offered Day a spot.

“Jewish kids want to have a sports role model,” Levin told USA Today. “This is something where the Jewish community should step up to the plate.”

Power surge: Joc Pederson is on a hot streak once again. He hit a home run in each of his games for the LA Dodgers against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend. On Friday, his two-run homer came in the seventh inning with the Dodgers trailing 7-3; They came back to win, 9-7. On Saturday, he hit a solo blast in a 4-2 loss. The final four-bagger, came as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of a 14-3 win on Sunday. That gives Pederson 15 home runs for the year.

Lucky chai: Houston Astros’ rookie Alex Bregman got his first Major League hit after 18 official at-bats. The single came in an 11-0 loss to the host Detroit Tigers on July 31. 

Sources: USA Today, MLB.com

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