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MOVING UP: NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Brad Keselowski will make his first Sprint Cup start in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 25 on October 11 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

NEW POLICY: NASCAR has revised its substance abuse police to test drivers, crews and officials before the start of the season and randomly during the course of the year.

DAMAGED: Houston Raceway Park suffered approximately $100,000 in damage from Hurricane Ike. Repairs are currently under way at the facility, which includes a dragstrip and a dirt oval.

MAN FOR HIRE: Funny Car veteran Del Worsham, who has successfully campaigned his family-owned machine for years, will be a hired gun next season. Worsham will drive the Funny Car fielded by Alan Johnson’s Al-Anabi Racing in NHRA competition.

NEW RUNG: USAC has added a new rung to its ladder system with the formation of the USAC Quarter Midget Racing Series under the direction of James Spink.

DIED: NHRA sportsman racer Steve Engle died September 14 from injuries suffered in a crash during the U.S. Nationals Labor Day weekend. Engel was 49.

HIRED: ARCA and short-track racer Justin Allgaier has been signed to a driver-development contract with Penske Racing.

900: Bobby Santos passed his sister Erica to win the 900th race in the history of the New England-based Northeaster Midget Ass’n Saturday in Scarborough, Maine.

POWER RANKINGS: Despite having his round-winning streak snapped at 31, which also ended his seven-race winning streak, in the finals at the Texas Motorplex, NHRA Top Fuel point leader Tony Schumacher 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.

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