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Racing News: Kyle Busch Wins Economaki Champion of Champions Award

Kyle Busch receives seventh annual Economaki Champion of Champions Award; IRL unveils new Road to Indy driver-development ladder system; rumors continue about Michael Schumacher's comeback; and more racing news

SEMA Heritage: Grumpy Jenkins' 9-Second Wheelstands

In August of 1969, Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins and his Grumpy's Toy IV Camaro walked all over the competition at the Super Stock Nationals held at the York U.S. 30 Dragway in Pennsylvania. This Camaro was the latest in a string of Chevy dragsters that Jenkins built and named his "Toys," although anyone who lined up next to him at the strip knew that he wasn't playing around.

Racing News: Kyle Busch Burns Up the Snowball Derby With Win

Kyle Busch wins the Snowball Derby; The FIA grants Sauber (formerly BMW) Formula One team a spot on the 2010 grid; Peak Performance Motor Oil extends partnership with IZOD IndyCar Series; and more news from the racing world.

Movers & Shakers: Tony Baumgartner to Head Up Sales at Hurst; Roger Penske Donates $25,000 to UTI Foundation

Hurst Performance hires industry veteran Tony Baumgartner as vice president of sales; Rostra Precision Controls and Mobileye establish distribution agreement; Roger Penske makes $25,000 donation to Brienne Davis Memorial Scholarship; and more news from around the industry.

Movers & Shakers: DuPont Reveals World's Most Popular Vehicle Colors; Rick Ballard Named Technician of the Future

Industry news: Miller Beer returns as sponsor of Motorsports 2010 presented by StreetBlaze; Auto Body World of Tolleson, Arizona, named the Automotive Body Repair News (ABRN) Top Shop for 2009; Rick G. Ballard from Hurricane, Utah, received the Technician of the Future award; 2009 SCCA Pro Racing Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup series to air on Speed-TV beginning December 6; and more.

NHRA: Schumacher Leads Six NHRA Drivers Named to AARWBA All-America Team

Tony Schumacher headlines a list of six NHRA drivers named to the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association All-America teams; voting opens for most memorable Winternationals moments; and more news from the NHRA.

Linda Vaughn: SBN Recognizes First Lady of Motorsports

The SEMA Businesswomen's Network (SBN) presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Linda Vaughn, a founding member of the SBN, at the annual SEMA Networking Breakfast – Powered by the SBN, in recognition of Vaughn’s lifelong participation and exceptional achievements within the automotive aftermarket.

The Roots of Hot Rodding Are Racing

SEMA recently hosted the annual Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser in Pasadena, California. As part of the festivities, a variety of activities provided association members with the opportunity to network with one another as well as raise money for two great charities—Childhelp and Victory Junction Camp. The events leading up to the banquet included the Pinewood Drag Race and the Show 'N Shine car show. In addition, HRIA members this year helped coordinate "The Starting Lineup," an auction of pinewood cars designed by kids and autographed by professional racers, automotive legends and entertainment celebrities. With more than 70 cars on display, all forms of hot rodding were represented.

Read more in the Hot Rod Industry Alliance's (HRIA) bi-monthly newsletter in the November December issue of SEMA Member News.

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