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Racing News: Mercedes Buys Majority of Formula One World Champ Brawn Racing

PURCHASED: Mercedes has bought 75.1% of the World Championship-winning Brawn Racing Formula One team, with current team owners Ross Brawn and Nick Fry retaining 24.9% of the team, which won the world title with Jenson Button driving.

MANAGER: Phoenix Management Group LLC will take over operation of the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series next season, managing the traveling tour for 2010.

CHAMPIONS: Tony Schumacher secured his seventh NHRA Top Fuel drag racing championship by a mere two points over Larry Dixon. Robert Hight (Funny Car), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also earned championships.

THE END: Anheuser-Busch officials marked the end of its 30th season sponsoring drag racer Kenny Bernstein by presenting the King of Speed with a Clydesdale horse during the NHRA season finale in Pomona, California.

Team owner Rick Hendrick said there is “no deal imminent” that would bring Indy car racer Danica Patrick to the NASCAR Nationwide Series for a limited schedule in 2010.

Pennsylvania youngster Cody Darrah has signed to drive for Kasey Kahne Racing in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series next season.

BACK TO THE TOP: With a dominant victory at Phoenix International Raceway, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point-leader Jimmie Johnson returned to the top of the National Speed Sport News Power Rankings. The rankings appear weekly in America’s Motorsports Authority.

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