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NOBUHIRO TAJIMA WINS SECOND STRAIGHT PIKES PEAK CLIMB AND OTHER RACING NEWS

CUTTING SPENDING: General Motors is cutting its spending by $10 billion, and those cuts are certain to have an impact on motorsports sponsorship packages.

BACK IN BUSINESS: After nine years of inactivity, Ohio’s Millstream Speedway returned to action Sunday night with Dale Blaney winning an All Star sprint-car race before an overflow crowd at the Findlay, Ohio, half-mile dirt track. Dean Miracle is promoting the race track.

A WINNER: Kevin Harvick won Monday’s rain-delayed Oxford 250 stock-car race at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine. The event remains one of the country’s longest-running and most-prestigious stock-car races.

TRAGEDY: Midwest Supermodified Association pilot Terry Gibson was killed in a crash during a heat race Friday night at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway. Gibson was 46.

RESIGNED: Lowe’s Motor Speedway Vice President of Events Roger Slack has resigned from his position. Slack is seeking work in the short-track industry.

REPEAT: Nobuhiro Tajima, driving a Suzuki ZL7, won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the second consecutive year. However, Tajima failed to break under the 10-minute mark for the 12.42-mile climb, clocking in at 10 minutes and 18.250 seconds.

HE’S BACK: Canadian Indy car driver Paul Tracy will make his open-wheel racing return in Saturday’s IRL IndyCar Series event at Edmonton, Alberta. Tracy has a one-race deal to drive a Vision Racing car fielded by Walker Racing.

POWER RANKINGS: NASCAR Sprint Cup point-leader Kyle Busch kept the top spot in the National Speed Sport News Power Rankings, but NHRA Top Fuel kingpin Tony Schumacher moved up to second and is closing quickly. The National Speed Sport News Power Rankings are published weekly in the 74-year-old motorsports publication.

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