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RACING NEWS: CASTRONEVES PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO TAX EVASION AND FRAUD

TROUBLED TIMES: Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves pleaded not guilty to charges of tax evasion and fraud, which the federal government brought against Castroneves and his sister Katiucia last week. Castroneves was freed on a $10 million bond but cannot leave the country.

HE’S OUT: Former Craftsman Truck Series champion Jack Sprague has been released from his ride in the series with Kevin Harvick Inc. Team owner Kevin Harvick will drive the No. 2 Chevrolet at Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway on October 18.

NEW POST: Dan Davis, former director of racing for Ford Motor Company, has taken a new position as COO of the Miller Motorsports Park road course located near Salt Lake City, Utah.

IN THE SEAT: Released from his ride with Team Red Bull, A.J. Allmendinger will drive Michael Waltrip’s No. 00 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway this weekend.

POWER RANKINGS: 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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