All-Star Showdown Set For January 29-30 Irwindale, CA
NASCAR's premier short-track racing showcase, the 2010 Toyota All-Star Showdown, will be run Jan. 29-30 at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (CA). The seventh running of the event, which brings together the top racers from across North America for the "Daytona 500 of short-track racing," will be highlighted by the 225-lap NASCAR Camping World Series all-star race.

The schedule also includes a 100-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model race and a 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model race. Both nights of racing will air live on SPEED as part of a full weekend of racing that includes the Rolex 24 at Daytona sports-car event.

The NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown was held in the fall for its first five years. It was moved to January last year to give competitors more time to prepare and also to increase exposure for drivers and teams. NASCAR

PMI ACQUires Innovate Motorsports Inc. Irvine, CA
Performance Motorsports Inc. (PMi), which owns JE Pistons, Wiseco Performance Products, K1 Technologies, and ProX Racing Parts, has purchased the assets of Innovate Motorsports Inc., a leading supplier of universal digital tuning tools for internal combustion engines. The acquisition will enhance PMi's position as a leading supplier of technologically sophisticated performance products for the automotive and powersports aftermarkets. PMI

Memphis Motorsports Park Closed Memphis, TN
Memphis Motorsports Park, the 23-year-old 3/4-mile track located minutes from Elvis' Graceland was shut down after the running of the ASA Late Model Series King's Ransom 300 in mid November. The track's owners, Dover Motorsports, cited economic reasons for the closure and will move the tracks' NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series races to their facilities at Nashville Superspeedway and Gateway International Raceway. The final race at the track was won by Dillon Oliver. NASCAR

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Sheppard Win The Race, Hearn The Title Syracuse, NY
Already a Super DIRT Week champion in the Sportsman and 358-Modified ranks, Matt Sheppard mastered the Moody Mile once again on a Sunday afternoon in October, taking advantage of a soft tire by leader Jimmy Phelps with 10 laps to go to score the biggest victory of his career in the Rite Aid 200 Presented By Ferris & Snapper Mowers for Big-Block Modifieds. But the impressive performance wasn't enough to best veteran Brett Hearn who despite suffering transmission trouble and finishing 20th edged Sheppard by a mere four points to register his record seventh overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship. JOE ALEXANDER

New Open Wheel Sanction Forms Lebanon, IN
Don Kenyon, President of DK Promotions, has formed a new division of DK Promotions, the United States Speed Association, to sanction and conduct open wheel short track races. Eric Bunn and Norm Shields are joining Kenyon to complete the management team at USSA. For its inaugural season, USSA will feature races and crown champions in three divisions, Midgets, Kenyon Cars, and Thunder Roadsters. USSA will conduct its first of 15 events on Wednesday, May 26 at Anderson Speedway featuring the Kenyon Car division. For more information, contact the United States Speed Association at 765/482-4273 or 317/413-9763.

2010 Nyssca Hall Of Fame Class Announced Saratoga Springs, NY
Dirt track ace Mike Romano, two-time NASCAR national modified champion Jimmy Spencer, two-surface star Charlie Rudolph and highly respected car owner Jerry Higbie Sr. have been elected to the New York State Stock Car Association's Hall of Fame for induction in January, 2010. NYSSCA