NASCAR Trucks’ Mudsummer Classic starting grid

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The heat races and last chance qualifier are in the books for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Here’s the starting grid via SPEED Channel, based on results from earlier in the night.

Starting Grid
1.  #52 Ken Schrader
2.  #6 Jared Landers
3.  #17 Timothy Peters
4.  #81 Kenny Wallace
5.  #4 Jeb Burton
6.  #19 Dave Blaney
7.  #88 Matt Crafton
8.  #62 Brendan Gaughan
9.  #31 James Buescher
10. #34 Ryan Newman
11. #18 Joey Coulter
12. #32 Miguel Paludo
13. #30 Kyle Larson
14. #8 Max Gresham
15. #3 Ty Dillon
16. #13 Tracy Hines
17. #54 Darrell Wallace Jr.
18. #9 Ron Hornaday Jr.
19. #39 Austin Dillon
20. #98 Johnny Sauter
21. #51 Scott Bloomquist
22. #60 Dakoda Armstrong
23. #29 Ryan Blaney
24. #7 John Wes Townley
25. #77 German Quiroga
26. #24 Brennan Newberry
27. #84 Jeff Babcock
28. #5 Jason Bowles
29. #63 Justin Jennings
30. #57 Norm Benning

Did not qualify
    #68 Clay Greenfield
    #07 Jimmy Weller
    #99 Bryan Silas
    #10 Joe Cobb
    #44 JR Heffner

FIA returns Manor’s F1 entry fee for 2017

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Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.

Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).

Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.

The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.

It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.