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NHRA POWERADE SERIES TELECONFERENCE TUESDAY, JULY 31, 1 P.M. EST/10 A.M. PST: The NHRA POWERade Series will be hosting the first in a series of teleconferences between now and the end of this inaugural Countdown to the Championship season on Tuesday, July 31, at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST. The drivers on the call will be able to provide a variety of perspectives, from what it’s like to have clinched early to what it’s like to be sitting on the bubble.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: FRED BENTLEY, TERRY KOHL, GARY ALLEN AND MORE

 

Hayes Lemmerz International Inc. appointed Fred Bentley to the new position of COO of Hayes Lemmerz International Inc. and president of the company's Global Wheel Group. As COO, Bentley will be responsible for all of the company's manufacturing and business unit operations. Bentley joined the company in 2001 and most recently served as COO and president of the company's Global Wheel Group. Bentley will continue to report to Curtis J. Clawson, president, CEO and chairman of the board.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: JOHN SIMMONS, FRED VAN SENUS, BRANDON BELKEN, JOE BAGWELL AND MORE

  • Fred Van Senus, president and owner of Vehicle Specialties Inc., announced that John Simmons will take over as company president, effective September 1. Simmons has been vice president and general manager of Vehicle Specialties Inc. for 16 years. Van Senus will remain as the company’s CEO, staying active with strategic planning and financial responsibilities.

GINN RACING NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES TEAM SOLD TO DALE EARNHARDT INC. AND OTHER RACING NEWS

SOLD: The Ginn Racing NASCAR Nextel Cup Series team has been sold to Dale Earnhardt, Inc. As a result, Mark Martin and the U.S. Army No. 01 will become the fourth car in the DEI stable beginning this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As well, the all-important owner points from the No. 14 Ginn Racing entry will transfer to the car wheeled by DEI regular Paul Menard.

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