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Racing News: Kurt Busch to Make Drag-Racing Debut at Gatornationals

ROOKIE DRAG RACER: Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will be making his NHRA Full Throttle Series debut at the 41st annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals March 11–13 at Gainesville Raceway.

SITTING OUT: Two-time U.S. Nationals Funny Car champion Ashley Force Hood will sit out the coming NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season because she and her husband Danny are expecting their first child. Mike Neff returns to the driver’s seat to fill out the three-car John Force Racing stable.

BIO OIL: G-OIL, manufactured by Earth Technologies Inc. will serve as the primary sponsor for the No. 16 Dyson Racing Mazda Lola in the American Le Mans Series this season.

SANDWICH MAN: Jimmy John’s will sponsor Kevin Harvick and the Richard Childress Racing No. 29 in six NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season.

TRYING AGAIN: Two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip will race in this year’s Great American Race, driving his own Toyota No. 15 with sponsorship from NAPA Auto Parts.

PRO STOCKING: Erica Enders will return to the NHRA Pro Stock division driving for Cagnazzi Racing this season.

TROUBLE DOWN UNDER: Organizers of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix say the event may not be able to continue past this season unless something is done to control the cost of staging the event.

INDY’S 33:
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FAST TESTERS: Team Penske teammates Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski turned the two quickest laps during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing last weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

STAYING PUT: The Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs will remain at Wisonsin’s Road America road course at least through the 2014 season.

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