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Brown Crowned Division IV Champion

By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A third-generation driver, 15-year-old Grant Brown has achieved a family first: A NASCAR national championship.

The Prior Lake, Minnesota, teen became the first in his family to win a title when he was crowned the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division IV champion while racing at Elko Speedway in Minnesota.

“It feels really good to be the champion,” said Brown. “We came a really long way in a short period of time. It wasn’t handed to us, we worked really hard and earned the title. It was a cool experience and a fun ride.”

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Thomas Surprised With Success In 2015

Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Every year there is a driver who is honestly surprised with their success and this year’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division III national champion fits the bill.

Patrick Thomas started the season at New Smyrna Speedway – just down the road from the Daytona Beach, Florida, home office of NASCAR – just wanting to have fun and drive his sportsman car with no idea what was potentially in front of him.

The first-time NASCAR license holder can now call himself a champion.

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Gibson Piled Up Numbers & Trophies

By Brooke Bunch, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – At just 23, Trey Gibson proves that champions are not defined by numbers.

Although his numbers are pretty darn good.

Ending the season with 15 victories, 29 top fives and 30 top 10s – as well as ranking 55th in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and second in South Carolina – the Easley, S.C. native earned the 2015 Division I championship for Anderson Motor Speedway in the Late Model Stock Car Division.

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Lanpher Doubles Up In Maine

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — In a sport where it is common for one team to help out another in need, Reid Lanpher went the extra mile in the finale at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

In the closest race for a state championship in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series during the 2015 season, Lanpher entered the finale at the Scarborough, Maine, oval with a 10-point lead on Garrett Hall. The challenger wrecked his car in practice, but in an act of exceptional sportsmanship, Lanpher offered his backup car to Hall to be able to compete in that night’s feature.

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Newell Proves To Be A Champion

By Brooke Bunch, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Two years ago, then-rookie J.C. Newell said he had to prove himself as a Late Model driver.

Fast forward to current day and he thinks he’s accomplished that feat – having captured both a state and track championship title in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

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McCarty Finishes Season On Top At Kingsport

Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Winning races and postseason honors is nothing new for Kingsport, Tennessee native Ronnie McCarty. What’s new for the veteran driver is he’ll get to celebrate this year in Charlotte.

McCarty enjoyed one of his strongest seasons in his career with the end result winning his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track and Tennessee championship.

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Monadnock Mission Accomplished For Kimball

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — “If it’s important, you’ll find a way.”

Search motivational sayings on Google and the results are seemingly endless. Bill Kimball Jr. didn’t need a phrase though, he was driven by memory.

Kimball captured his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championships in 2013 when he won the track title at Monadnock Speedway and the accompanying New Hampshire state crown. It was his experience at the NASCAR awards ceremony that followed which provided the inspiration to return to the annual postseason event in North Carolina once again.

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Title For Roberts A Long Time Coming

By Brooke Bunch, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Winning the track champion title at Greenville Pickens Speedway takes on a whole new meaning for 54-year-old David Roberts.

“It’s my home track,” he said. “I went there as a kid to watch my brother race and I met my wife there, so it really means a lot to win there.”

Win he did as he captured the title of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champion in the late model division.

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Holden's Repeat Run Just As Special

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Mike Holden’s first championship season at Evergreen Speedway was a dream come true for the second-generation driver who grew up watching his father makes laps on the Washington oval.

His second championship season was just as special.

“It’s very hard to do,” said the Snohomish, Washington, driver. “I was shocked at the first one and even more shocked to do it again.”

Holden’s father was a track champion at Evergreen, and he started his own racing career in 2007.

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Hale Scores First NASCAR Championship

Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Someday when Wayne Hale decides to give up driving a race car and looks back on the 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season, he’s likely to be smiling.

“Why?” one might ask. There are many reasons. 

First, Hale and his 19-year old son Cody, paired up to compete for the full season for the first time in nearly a decade and finished in the top-10 a perfect 18-for-18 at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Virginia.

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