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KIWI COLLECTOR: Scott Dixon dominated the month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, culminating with a victory in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. Dixon earned a record $2,988,065 from a record overall purse of $14,406,580. Second-place Vitor Meira became the first Indy runner-up to earn more than $1 million, collecting $1,273,215.

LONG-TERM: The IndyCar Series and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach entered into a long-term agreement that will keep the IRL racing at Long Beach through 2013.

RETIRING: After more than 30 years at the helm of Lowe’s Motor Speedway, celebrated racing promoter H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler retired following Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at the 1.5-mile superspeedway.

ANOTHER TRACK: Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chairman O. Bruton Smith announced the company’s purchase of Kentucky Speedway, giving the race-track company eight major racing facilities.

TRADITION REMAINS: Bobby East and Shane Cottle claimed victories in traditional Indianapolis weekend races: the Night Before the 500 midget-car event and the Little 500 sprint-car race.

TESTING: Former Champ Car driver Paul Tracy will test a Craftsman Truck for Germain Racing later this week at Chicagoland Speedway.

HONORED: Noted racing broadcaster Bob Jenkins earned the Bob Russo Founders Award from the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association.

POWER RANKINGS: NASCAR driver Kyle Busch remained at the top of the National Speed Sport News Power Rankings. The National Speed Sport News Power Rankings are published weekly in the 74-year-old motorsports publication. However, Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon jumped to second.

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