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Racing News: Kasey Kahne Released From Richard Petty Motorsports; Set to Join Team Red Bull for 2011


A LITTLE EARLY: Kasey Kahne was given his release from Richard Petty Motorsports last week, allowing him to join his 2011 race team, Team Red Bull, last weekend at Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway.

RPM LIMIT: In an effort to lower costs, USAC has introduced RPM limits for engines used in USAC competition. For more on this story, click here.

SCHOLARSHIP: IndyCar and USAC have formed a partnership that will award a $300,000 Firestone Indy Lights oval scholarship to the USAC National Driver’s Champion.

BACK ON TRACK: John Blewett Sr. and Don Ling have struck a deal with the owners of Wall (New Jersey) Stadium to host the track’s 37th annual Turkey Derby Thanksgiving weekend.

GOING TO FLORIDA: USAC will sanction the Central Florida Wingless Sprint Car Association next season, creating the USAC Southeast Sprint Car Series.

CLOSING THE GAP: Denny Hamlin closed to within six points of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship leader Jimmie Johnson by winning Sunday’s Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway.

TURKEY HUNTING: Kyle Hamilton will drive the No. 9 Nine Racing midget during the USAC Mopar National Midget Series Turkey Night Grand Prix at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale in California, November 25.

NEW SERVICE: Key Motorsports in Mooresville, North Carolina, has expanded its auto-racing presence by offering body-hanging services to NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Camping World Truck, K&N Pro East and ARCA teams.

TROPHY MASTER: Jonathan Allard banked $20,000 as the overall winner of the Trophy Cup at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California, Saturday.

DISPUTED: Tim McCreadie won the $20,000-to-win Eastern States 200 for big-block modifieds at New York’s Orange County Fair Speedway Sunday, but not before Stewart Friesen staged a protest on the frontstretch after a scoring decision gave McCreadie the lead late in the race.

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