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PULLING OUT: Having supported the Hooters Pro Cup Series since its creation in 1994, Hooters Restaurants of America will end its sponsorship of the touring stock-car series at the end of the 2008 season. United Speed Alliance Racing, the sanctioning body for the series, is seeking a replacement sponsor.

GOING TO INDY: Hollywood stuntman and NASCAR driver Stanton Barrett will race full-time in the IndyCar Series next season, driving for Beck Motorsports. Also, Vitor Meira has been hired to drive for A.J. Foyt Racing in the IndyCar Sries next year.

DIED: Award-winning actor, successful road racer and Indy car team owner Paul Newman died over the weekend after a battle with cancer. He was 83 years old.

INTERVIEW: This week’s October 1 issue of the National Speed Sport News includes an interview with new Director of Ford Racing Technology Brian Wolfe.

POWER RANKINGS: With his 13th victory of the season, 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.

A SPONSOR?: National Speed Sport News will present the sixth annual Economaki Champion of Champions award to the series champion in December deemed by the NSSN staff as the most worthy of the honor. NSSN is currently seeking a presenting sponsor for the award. Call Liz Mellott (704/455-8045) or Chris Sessions (704/455-8046) for information.

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