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News In Brief – November 16, 2010

Tenth Thiel Memorial Scheduled For July 1-2

BEAVER DAM, Wis. — The 10th annual Sue Thiel Memorial will feature an expanded two-day schedule next year, including five divisions of racing July 1-2 at Dodge County Fairgrounds Speedway.

The IRA Sprint Car Series, Midwest Sprintcar Ass’n, Mid-American Stock Car Series late models, midgets and modifieds will each compete in features during the event. More than $70,000 in prizes will be handed out.

Industry Roundtable At PRI

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Motorsports leaders from around the world will converge on the PRI Trade Show for the annual Industry Roundtable Dec. 8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Among those taking part in the roundtable are IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard, American Le Mans Series CEO Scott Atherton, I-55 Raceway owner Ken Schrader and Executive Vice President and General Manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway Jerry Gappens.

Three Added To NEAR 2011 Class

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. — Pioneering New England modified star Danny Galullo, early car owner Louie D’Amore and racer Buddy Bardwell have been added to the New England Auto Racing’s 2011 Hall of Fame class by the organization’s veterans committee. The trio will join nine (Punky Caron, Dan Meservey, Russ Nutting and Jerry Dolliver; car owners Rich and Ray Garuti, Stanley Matczak, Vic Kangas; and Speedway Scene publisher Val Lesieur) previously selected nominees at the 14th annual induction banquet Jan. 30 at La Renaissance Banquet Hall. Ticket forms will be available at www.near1.com in the coming weeks.

Racer Of The Week

Carl Edwards returned to his winning ways in dominating fashion last weekend at Phoenix Int’l Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. Not only did Edwards win Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race, but he also won Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event from the pole after leading every practice session throughout the weekend.

Nuts & Bolts

Former Charlotte Motor Speedway and Richmond Int’l Raceway executive Lauri Wilks has been hired to oversee the NASCAR Hall of Fame sales and marketing efforts for the Charlotte (N.C.) Regional Visitors AuthorityNASCAR Sprint Cup competitor Kurt Busch has entered the third running of the Polar Bear 150 for the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals Nov. 27 at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway…The second annual Lakeshore Motorsports Trade Show and Sale will take place Jan.15 in the Merchants building near the Manitowoc (Wis.) Expo…Page Jones will serve as grand marshal for the 70th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at California’s Toyota Speedway @ Irwindale Nov. 25…Rick Paya Motorsports will expand to a two-car operation in the American-Canadian Tour for late models next year, fielding cars for Brian Hoar and Austin TheriaultPhyzix Synthetics, a division of Phyzix Automotive, will manufacture and distribute a line of NASCAR-licensed automobile maintenance fluids and be known as the official professional maintenance fluid of NASCARAndy Green, a Royal Air Force pilot and holder of the world land speed record, will be the grand marshal for the Grand Am Rolex Series Rolex 24 at Daytona Int’l Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Jan. 29-30…The Northeastern Midget Ass’n awards banquet will be held Saturday (Nov. 20) at Whites of Westport in Westport, Mass…The USARacing Pro Cup Series banquet will be Dec. 15 at the Vintage Motor Club in Concord, N.C…The U.S. F2000 National Championship Series doubleheader scheduled for July 30-31 next season at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill., has been canceled…Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway officials have created a new crate engine small-block modified class that will compete regularly at the three-eighths-mile clay oval next season…Total Seal Piston Rings will sponsor the Total Seal Dirt Racing Series, formally known as the Southwest Dirt Racing Ass’nScott Shelton won the Mazda Shootout and will receive a fully funded ride in the SCCA Mazda MX-5 Cup Series next season.

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