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RACING NEWS: MONTOYA REJECTS FORMULA 1 OFFERS, WILL STAY IN NASCAR

STAYING PUT: Juan Pablo Montoya has rejected offers from several Formula One teams to remain in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

TRADE OUT:  A new trade show will come to the city of Indianapolis in December of 2009, with the International Motorsports Industry Trade Show being held at the Indiana Convention Center December 2–3. The show will be produced by Performance Events Promoters with assistance from the Indiana Motorsports Association.

GREEN RACE: Organizers are planning GreenPrix USA for the streets of Savannah, Georgia’s, Hutchinson Island on March 13–15. Former Champ Car racing cars and the Atlantic Championship Series will be featured.

TURKEY GOBBLER: Bobby Santos III won the 68th annual Turkey Night Grand Prix for USAC midgets held Thanksgiving night at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. In New Jersey, Jimmy Blewett won the Turkey Derby modified race at Wall Township Speedway.

QUARTER MAN: Carl Edwards was voted the fourth-quarter Driver of the Year by the national voting panel for the prestigious award, which awards a quarterly winner and the annual Driver of the Year.

SEBRING DEBUT: Audi will debut its new R15 prototype at the 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring (Florida) International Raceway March 21.

MIDGET MAN: Despite losing the USAC Mopar Midget Championship by a single point to youngster Cole Whitt, Tracy Hines earned the National Midget Driver of the Year award for the second time in his career.

POWER RANKINGS: NHRA Top Fuel point leader Tony Schumacher remains 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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