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RICKY RUDD ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AND OTHER RACING NEWS

DIED: Veteran modified racer John Blewett III was killed in a crash during the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Thompson International Speedway on August 16. Tragically, Blewett’s brother Jimmy was also involved in the crash and was the first on the scene. Blewett was 33 years old. Former Goody’s Dash driver Christian Elder died in his home last week. He was 38.

BACK TO IOWA: After drawing a huge crowd in June, the IRL IndyCar Series will return to Iowa Speedway in 2008 and 2009.

TROUBLE IN FLORIDA: A change in the way Florida is enforcing federal regulations concerning towing vehicles has sanctioning bodies rethinking whether or not to hold races in the state. The state is treating tow vehicles as commercial vehicles instead of recreation vehicles and levying large fines against violators.

COMING HOME: It appears that American Formula One driver Scott Speed, who lost his ride two weeks ago, could return to competition in the United States next season.

A TUNNEL: A group of investors announced plans to build Wind Tunnel Extreme near Charlotte, North Carolina. The facility is planned to open in 2009, but a site has not yet been chosen.

RETIRING AGAIN: NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Ricky Rudd, who came out of retirement to race for Robert Yates Racing this season, will retire again at the end of this season.

TOP DOG: Despite a crash while racing for the lead at Nodak Speedway, Donny Schatz finished third and first in his next two races and retained the top spot in the National Speed Sport News Power rankings.

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