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Racing News: NASCAR Drops Second Southern California Race on 2011 Schedule

SCHEDULE UPDATE: The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule is slowly coming together. What is known so far is that Atlanta Motor Speedway has lost one of its races in favor of a race at Kentucky Speedway, Kansas Speedway has gained a second race and Auto Club Speedway in California will host only one race.

Team owner Chip Ganassi had another stellar weekend, with victories in NASCAR Sprint Cup (Juan Pablo Montoya), IZOD IndyCar (Dario Franchitti) and Grand Am (Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas) competition.

BIG WINS: Shane Stewart (ASCS Knoxville Nationals), Scott Bloomquist (USA Nationals) and Bryan Clauson (Belleville Nationals) earned victories during three prestigious dirt-track events last weekend.

Roush Yates Engines will partner with Lola to offer a variety of Roush Yates-powered engines in Lola LMP designs next year in the American Le Mans Series.

NEW BULL: Kasey Kahne will drive for a Red Bull Racing Team Toyota next season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The deal is only for one year as Kahne already has a contract in place to drive for Rick Hendrick in 2012.

Honda Performance Development has confirmed that it will build engines under the new IZOD IndyCar Series engine platform beginning in 2012.

SHAFFER SIZZLES: Tim Shaffer was the hottest driver in the country last week, winning five straight races in a seven-day span, including the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri, August 6.

NOMINATED: Chip Ganassi, Michael Shank, Bob Stallings and Wayne Taylor have been nominated for the inaugural Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award, which recognizes a Grand Am Rolex Series owner or manager that shows integrity, passion and love of cars similar to that of the late Bob Snodgrass.

INJURED: American Le Mans Series driver Greg Pickett will miss the rest of the season after suffering rib and back injuries during a crash while testing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, August 5.

DIED: Jack Richard Miller, a popular short-track announcer and voice of sprint-car racing around the country, died August 6 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 74.

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