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Bowling Joins Ranks of Elite With National Title

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Matt Bowling grew up watching drivers like Peyton Sellers, Philip Morris and Lee Pulliam gain national prominence with their Late Model Stock Car success. Then the Ridgeway, Virginia, driver gained knowledge racing against those greats.

This season, Bowling joined their legendary ranks.

The 22-year-old took the stage in the Grand Ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center / NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday to accept the biggest award in short-track racing as the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I national champion.

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McCarty Comes Out On Top At Kingsport

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The battle for the track championship at Tennessee’s Kingsport Speedway came down to the wire, but in the end it was a familiar face who emerged as champion this year.

Kingsport’s own Ronnie McCarty captured his second-straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship at the Tennessee .375-mile concrete oval, winning the title by a scant four points over rival Zeke Shell.

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Roberts Rolls To 10 Wins & Title At Anderson

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Winning championships is becoming a bit of a habit for Simpsonville, South Carolina’s David Roberts.

The 55-year-old late model stock driver collected the track championship at South Carolina’s Anderson Motor Speedway this season. It’s his second career track championship at Anderson after he first won the championship in 2014.

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Alamaa Makes Most Of His Opportunities

By Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Dan Alamaa enjoys racing at Pueblo, Colorado’s I-25 Speedway so much, he races in two different divisions.

In fact, he doesn’t just race in two different divisions, he dominates them.

This year marked the third straight season that Alamaa, 46, has won track championships in both the Division I Super Late Model and Division II Grand American Modified classes at the quarter-mile bullring.

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Eckes Edges Teammate Berry At The Line

By Hunter Thomas/

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – In a thrilling photo finish, Christian Eckes narrowly beat his JR Motorsports teammate Josh Berry to win his first career Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday night.

As the field took the white flag, Eckes was alongside of Berry are they barreled into Turn 1 for the final time. When the two drivers rounded Turn 4 and entered the frontstretch, they rubbed tires and hooked doors with the checkered flag in sight. Berry went hard into the outside wall, and it was Eckes, who won the 24th annual event by mere inches.

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Purvis Crowned Final Columbus Champion

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When it was announced earlier this year that Ohio’s Columbus Motor Speedway would be shutting down following the conclusion of the season, the question became which driver would be known as the final NASCAR track champion at the third-mile asphalt oval?

The answer to that question turned out to be 29-year-old Kyle Purvis.

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Pennink Captures Championship Crown

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Rowan Pennink began the 2016 season with uncertainty, but he ended it by making a little bit of history at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway.

The Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, driver captured his second straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship in the SK Modified Division at Stafford this year, becoming just the fifth different driver to win back-to-back track championships at the half-mile asphalt oval.

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Zagaiski Finds His Groove To Take Berlin Title

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Prior to this year outlaw super late model driver Dave Zagaiski had never won a feature at Marne, Michigan’s Berlin Raceway.

That all changed this year for 52-year-old Zagaiski, who won six times in eight races and captured his first NASCAR track championship at the .4375-mile asphalt oval.

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Hale Defends Lonesome Pine Title

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s an old adage, but the phrase ‘getting better with age’ has never been more appropriate for 47-year-old Wayne Hale.

This season at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Virginia, the Tennessee driver earned his second straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship at the three-eighths-mile asphalt oval. He did so in commanding style, capturing nine victories and never finishing outside the top-five in 17 starts at Lonesome Pine Raceway.

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Wilberg Brings Home Another Championship

By Adam Fenwick, Special To

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s been quite some time since veteran Midwestern racer Bobby Wilberg could last call himself a track champion at Madison International Speedway.

In fact, the last time Wilberg earned that honor was 2008 when he captured the late model track championship at the half-mile asphalt oval located in Oregon, Wisconsin.

That all changed this year for the 52-year-old driver from Beloit, Wisconsin, who was able to secure the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship in the Club LaMark Late Model division.

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