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Carteret County Joins NASCAR For 2017

Track Release

SWANSBORO, N.C. – NASCAR racing is coming to the Crystal Coast.

Carteret County Speedway, the .4-mile oval located just a few miles from Emerald Isle, will be NASCAR sanctioned in 2017. The venue will host NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) racing action throughout the season. 

The opening race on April 16 will be the first NWAAS race at the track.

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Queen Wins Big At East Carolina

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - When Langley Speedway officials decided not to open for the 2016 season of racing, Brenden Queen found himself searching for a place to race.

Queen, who hails from Chesapeake, Virginia, and goes by the nickname “Butterbean” ended up landing at East Carolina Motor Speedway in Robersonville, North Carolina, after winning the season opening race at the three-eighths-mile oval on April 16.

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Helliwell Takes Home First Championship

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - New Hampshire’s Helliwell family is well known for winning races in championships in the Northeast and this year another Helliwell added his name to the record books.

Dave Helliwell, from Pelham, New Hampshire, captured the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I super modified track championship at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway this year during his rookie season in the class. 

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Smith Makes History At Dominion Raceway

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - When a race track opens its doors for the first time, there are always a lot of firsts to be had. 

The first pole winner, the first feature winner and perhaps most importantly, the first track champion.

At Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Virginia, Nick Smith can proudly say he was the first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I champion in the history of the new .4-mile oval that hosted its inaugural season of racing in 2016.

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Myrtle Beach Speedway -- originally called Rambi Raceway -- was built in 1958. The facility is a 0.538-mile oval with 13 degrees of banking in the corners and nine degrees on the straightaways. Currently, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series headlines weekly racing activity at the track. The track is home to Late Model Stock Car racing's prestigious Myrtle Beach 400.

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-East Carolina is a 3/8-mile asphalt oval that opened in 1990.
-East Carolina is a high-banked facility, with 24 degrees of banking in the turns and 10 degrees on the straightaways.  
-Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ernie Irvan and Rick Mast have all raced at East Carolina.

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Pollard Celebrates First Win of 2017

By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. – Bubba Pollard kicked-off the 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season with a celebration in Victory Lane Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway.

Pollard won the 31st Red Eye Super Late Model 100 after an intense finish with New Smyrna’s 2016 champion Brad May at the end of the 100-lap feature. 

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Scully Finally Seals Deal At Seekonk

By Kyle Souza, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Late in the 2015 Seekonk Speedway Pro Stock season, Tom Scully Jr. was in the middle of an intense championship battle with young rising star Angelo Belsito.

After a fight right down to the final laps, he came up short of winning the championship. But it was nothing that Scully wasn't used to. For the better part of the past decade, he had felt the same frustration each year.

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 Coos Bay Speedway is a 3/8 mile dirt oval in Coos County, Oregon, just 2.5 hours Southwest from Eugene, Oregon. Opened up in the early 70's as a paved oval racing surface, then converted to dirt in 2007. The multi-purpose venue also features an eighth-mile NHRA drag strip and hosts yearly Mud Drag events.

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-1/3-mile high-banked clay oval.
-Grandview opened in 1963.
-While the track has been widened throughout the years, the overall length has never been changed.
-Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Sterling Marlin and Kyle Petty have all made laps at the high-banked track.

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