Jeff Byrd, Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway (BMS) president and
general manager, passed away Sunday following a lengthy illness. He was
SECURED: With Tony Stewart’s victory Sunday at Auto Club
Speedway in California, Chevrolet clinched its 34th manufacturers
championship in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition.
HELPING DEVELOP: K&N Filters will partner with the Ron Sutton
Winner’s Circle program to supply young driver sponsorships worth as
much as $25,000 to aspiring race car drivers.
CROWNED: Levi Jones (sprint car), Jerry Coons Jr. (midget) and
Bryan Clauson (Silver Crown) were the winners during the annual USAC
4-Crown Nationals at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway Saturday night.
NHRA Pro Stock competitor Allen Johnson was disqualified from
competition at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina, last weekend after
registering a .027 reading on an alcohol breathalyzer test prior to the
start of Saturday’s events.
SCHEDULE SET: A new track located in New Delhi, India, will join
the Formula One World Championship schedule next season, bringing the
total number of grands prix during the 2011 season to 20. The inaugural
Grand Prix of India is scheduled for October 30, 2011.
BALTIMORE WELCOMES YOU: The American Le Mans Series will join
the IZOD IndyCar Series on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland, for the first
running of the Baltimore Grand Prix next year during Labor Day weekend.
THE BIG GO: Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), Ashley Force Hood
(Funny Car), Greg Stanfield (Pro Stock) and L.E. Tonglet (Pro Stock
Motorcycle) were victorious during the 56th running of the NHRA Mac
Tools U.S. Nationals at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Clermont, Indiana, Monday.
WRAPPED UP: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas clinched their second-straight Grand Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype championship Saturday with their Grand Am single-season record eighth victory at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
GRANTED: Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway has received a $1.5 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission, which the track will match, making the total grant $3 million. The money will be used to improve track infrastructure. The International Speedway Corp., the track’s parent company, also pledged to do everything possible to keep two races at the track for the next five years.
STICKING AROUND: Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year Regan Smith has signed a two-year contract extension to stay with Furniture Row Racing through the 2012 season.
Racing news: Kyle Busch becomes first NASCAR driver to win in all three national touring divisions at one track
during the same weekend at Bristol (Tennessee) Motor Speedway; Wal-Mart possibly in negotiations to sponsor four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon next season; officials from Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas, signed Royal Purple to a multi-year title sponsorship agreement, resulting in a new name—Royal Purple Raceway—beginning in 2011; and more.