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– Veteran sprint car owner Jeff Walker told SPEED SPORT he and driver Dave Darland will reunite for a full season this coming year with emphasis on chasing the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Championship.

– Bob Baker, executive director of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, reported that the Knoxville, Iowa, Hall of Fame is about to begin its final push for funding to construct a new building on the property, which would primarily house the Hall of Fame’s archives.

Baker said the project began five years ago and that only another $100,000 is needed to begin construction.

– Non-winged sprint car driver Cooper Clouse accepted the 2014 National Sprint Car Poll rookie-of-the-year award during the PRI show.

Clouse told SPEED SPORT he hopes to contest the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Championship schedule next season if sufficient sponsorship can be arranged.

– Former sprint car driver Brian Carlson and his wife Sarah were walking the PRI Show floor with their son, A.J., who recently turned 14 and is getting his feet wet racing bigger cars after several years driving go-karts.

– Longtime Michael Waltrip Racing General Manager Ty Norris is joining Spire Sports +Entertainment, which handles sports management duties for drivers such as Kyle Larson and has recently gained the marketing contract for Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway.

– NHRA Top Fuel driver Morgan Lucas told SPEED SPORT that he plans to run a limited schedule in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series again next season while concentrating on an increased role within the family businesses, including Lucas Oil.

“We were very proud of our team this year with Richie (Crampton). We won six of the 24 races and we feel that is very impressive,” said Lucas, who won twice. “I’m going to do six, seven, eight races this year. That’s enough for me to have some fun and to keep my name relevant.”

– Iowa sprint car racer Robert Bell, who followed the full USAC National Sprint Car Series schedule this year, was named the 2015 winner of Speedway Illustrated’s annual Ken Schrader Real Racer Award.

“I’ve been racing for 25 years and towing 900 miles from home because I love it,” said Bell, who pulls his car on an open trailer. “I think we need to get back to having more fun in racing. I’ve been doing it for 25 years and I’ll be back again next year.”

– NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race winner Dylan Lupton is trying to track down sponsorship to race full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2016. He made a handful of XFINITY Series starts with Athenian Motorsports this season.

– Former ARCA Racing Series champion Justin Lofton said Friday he plans to compete in around 10 off-road racing events in 2016 with is family-run operation. He said he would consider returning to NASCAR, but said he needs to decide at what level he wants to be involved.

Mike Kerchner contributed to this report.