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April 10, 2013

AROUND THE TRACK: Hamlin drops out of Short Track Showdown at RIR



% PIT CREW COMPETITION: NASCAR's annual Pit Crew Competition has been canceled this year because no title sponsor was found.

The event showcased the pit crews and was a staple of NASCAR's All-Star weekend the last eight years. Sprint had most recently been the title sponsor of the event, which had both individual and team competitions.

But Sprint re-allocated its sponsorship money this year and NASCAR was unable to find alternative funding in time to move forward with next month's event.

The winner of the team competition won the first pick of pit stall in the All-Star race. NASCAR will now revert back to the traditional pit stall selection process, which is based on qualifying results.

% JR GOES DRIFTING: IndyCar Series driver JR Hildebrand will compete in select Formula Drift series events this year for Tyler McQuarrie Racing.

Hildebrand is signed up for at least two events so far — he'll drive the No. 6 Chevrolet Camaro at Evergreen Speedway in Seattle in July, and at Irwindale Speedway in California in October.

"I'm pumped to join Tyler with his Camaro program and to get into Formula D," Hildebrand said. "Since as early as 2004 I've thought drifting was an awesome and unique area of motorsport, so I'm very excited to finally get involved myself."

McQuarrie and Hildebrand developed a friendship through their mutual association with personal sponsor GoPro, and Hildebrand wanted to try Formula D. The two drifted together last year and some of the exploits were captured and posted on YouTube in a "Caddy Ruckus" video.

"This will be my 10th year in Formula Drift and my second year as a team owner," McQuarrie said. "To partner with JR Hildebrand, and to have him compete as our second driver is huge for our team and a big step for Formula Drift. This is something JR and I have been working on for some time now, so to see it become a reality is awesome."

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