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Racing News: X Games Gold Medalist Travis Pastrana to Enter NASCAR Nationwide Series

EXTREME SPORT: Travis Pastrana, a multiple X Games gold medal winner and former Rally America champion, will try his hand at NASCAR next year when he enters up to seven NASCAR Nationwide Series events for Pastrana-Waltrip Racing.

NHRA: Hagan and Force Battle For the World Title at Auto Club NHRA Finals

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS! HAGAN AND FORCE BATTLE FOR THE WORLD TITLE AT AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS: After 22 races and more than 330 rounds of racing; after traveling all across the country, from the West Coast to the East Coast and back again over the span of nine months; after picking up national records and round wins by hundredths of a second, the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car world championship comes down to this: Matt Hagan vs. John Force at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Youth vs. Experience. DSR vs. JFR. The Country Boy vs. the Truck Driver. And there’s only 37 points separating the two.

Racing News: General Motors May Return to the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012

POSSIBLE RETURN: General Motors is set to return to the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012, according to a report by Autoextremeist.com’s Peter De Lorenzo. IndyCar officials have neither confirmed nor denied the report.

NHRA: Top Two Drivers in Each Class Discuss Final Two Stops On NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Schedule

TOP TWO DRIVERS IN EACH CLASS DISCUSS FINAL TWO STOPS ON NHRA FULL THROTTLE DRAG RACING SCHEDULE: The culmination of another impressive season is upon us as the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series heads into its final two races of the season, beginning this weekend with the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After 21 races in nine months, the battle for the world championship has come down to less than 100 points separating the first and second place drivers in each of the four categories.

Racing News: Kasey Kahne Released From Richard Petty Motorsports; Set to Join Team Red Bull for 2011

A LITTLE EARLY: Kasey Kahne was given his release from Richard Petty Motorsports last week, allowing him to join his 2011 race team, Team Red Bull, last weekend at Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway.

NHRA: Competition Gets Tight As Countdown to the Championship Approaches Its Final Two Races

TWO TO GO! COMPETITION GETS TIGHT AS COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP APPROACHES ITS FINAL TWO RACES: With 21 races already in the record books for 2010, the competition couldn’t be tighter heading into the final two races of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship. In all four classes, the top two drivers in the point standings are within striking distance of each other, with less than 100 points separating each driver. In Top Fuel, points leader Larry Dixon has been strong all year long, posting a perfect final-round record of 12 wins in 12 appearances, and tallying up an impressive eight No. 1 qualifiers for the year. But second-place driver Cory McClenathan has stayed hot on his trail and currently sits just 89 points out of the lead heading into the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals next weekend.

Racing News: Second Class Hall of Fame Selections Announced

SECOND CLASS: David Pearson, Lee Petty, Bobby Allison, Ned Jarrett and Bud Moore have been selected as the second class to enter the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Racing News: Chevrolet Clinches 34th Manufacturers Championship in NASCAR Sprint Cup

SECURED: With Tony Stewart’s victory Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in California, Chevrolet clinched its 34th manufacturers championship in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition.

NHRA: Dixon Strengthens Points Lead With 12th Win of Season

DIXON STRENGTHENS POINTS LEAD WITH 12TH WIN OF SEASON; PEDREGON NABS SECOND WIN OF SEASON IN READING: Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon picked up his 12th win in 12 final-round appearances Sunday in high fashion, winning a pedal-fest final round against second-place in the point standings Cory McClenathan at the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pennsylvania. After smoking the tires early in the run, Dixon was able to get back on the throttle of his Al-Anabi Racing dragster and drive past McClenathan to secure only his second win at Maple Grove and strengthen his points lead to 89 over the field.
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