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Walen Double Dips At Minnesota Tracks

Two-Time Raceway Park Champ Will Focus On Elko In 2013
By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR
March 7, 2013 - 5:11pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2012 season ended up being more busy than Chad Walen had planned, and it paid off with a second NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track title and a fourth-place finish in the Minnesota state standings.

Walen, 38, of Prior Lake, Minn., won his second straight NASCAR Super Late Model track championship at Raceway Park in Shakopee, Minn and he placed fourth in Elko (Minn.) Speedway’s point race. His 35 starts led all Minnesota competitors and aided his top-five effort in the overall state rankings.

Berck Stages Homecoming

Owner-Driver-Builder Wins 10th Nebraska Track Championship
By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR
March 6, 2013 - 12:07pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — One of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series’ most successful dirt Late Model drivers returned to win his first NASCAR track championship in nine years in 2012.

Professional racer Kyle Berck, 43, of Marquette, Neb., won the NASCAR Super Late Model track championship at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., for the first time since 2003. He won the title by 34 points over three-time track champion Bill Leighton Jr.

Whelen All-American Full Speed In March

Myrtle Beach 400 Spotlights Exciting Month of Openings
By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR
March 5, 2013 - 12:04pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway opens its 2013 NASCAR season with the biggest race of 2012 on Mar. 22 and adds a new event on Mar. 23. The track is one of 10 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series speedways opening in March.

Porter Commits And Wins

Veteran Local Driver Claims First GPS Title
By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR
March 4, 2013 - 3:03pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Toby Porter ran the full schedule at his NASCAR Home Track for the first time in 2012 and ended up with a NASCAR Whelen All American Series track championship.

Porter, 38, of Greenville, S.C., spent years racing late models part-time at Greenville Pickens Speedway, as well as, participating in special events across the region. In 2012, though, he decided to focus on Greenville’s half-mile paved oval, located just down the road from his race shop. 

The result was a career-best season.

Modified Champion Choquette Passes

Captured 1954 NASCAR Modified Division National Title
Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
March 4, 2013 - 2:30pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jack Choquette, who captured the 1954 national championship in the NASCAR Modified Division, passed away last week and has been laid to rest in Florida.

Choquette, originally from Montclair, New Jersey, made a name for himself in the racing ranks after relocating to Florida where he drove to the 1953 NASCAR Southeast regional title and followed that with the NASCAR Modified Division national championship in 1954.

Pursley Rolls To Phoenix Win

Bests Teammate Hayley For Third K&N West Win At PIR
By Jason Christley, NASCAR
March 2, 2013 - 10:09pm

AVONDALE, Ariz.  – Greg Pursley rolled to his third career win at Phoenix International Raceway Saturday, but the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West veteran didn't get it without a fight from his new teammate.

Pursley led 56 laps, taking the lead back from Cameron Hayley on Lap 56 en route to winning the Talking Stick Resort 60. Hayley, 16, finished second to give Gene Price Motorsports a 1-2 finish.

History For Calderón In Phoenix

First Career Win Comes In Toyota Series’ U.S. Debut
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
March 2, 2013 - 1:10am

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Abraham Calderón picked an historic night to get his first career NASCAR victory.

The 24-year-old from Monterrey, Mexico, took the checkered flag after dominating the Toyota 120 at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday. The NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series race marked the first time one of NASCAR’s international series raced in the United States.

QUALIFYING: Goeters Nabs Phoenix Pole

Defending Series Champ Makes NASCAR History Again
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
March 1, 2013 - 7:58pm

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Jorge Goeters likes qualifying in inaugural events.

The defending Toyota Series champion won the pole position in qualifying for the Toyota 120 on Friday at Phoenix International Raceway. The race marks the first time one of NASCAR’s international series is competing in the United States. Goeters, a native of Mexico City, also won the NASCAR Nationwide Series pole at the inaugural Mexico City event in 2005.

FINAL PRACTICE: Pursley Tops Again

Two-Time PIR Winner Off To Fast Start
By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR
March 1, 2013 - 1:09pm

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Two-time Phoenix International Raceway winner Greg Pursley is off to a quick start in 2013.

The 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion has had the fastest car on the track in both practice sessions. In Friday’s final practice, Pursley – a resident of Parker, Ariz. – registered a lap time of 27.101 seconds for an average speed of 132.836 mph on the one-mile oval that he considers to be his home track.

PRACTICE: Richards Picks Right Back Up

Veteran Tops Charts In Historic Phoenix Event
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
February 28, 2013 - 11:16pm

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Homero Richards topped the charts for NASCAR Toyota Series practice for the Toyota 120 on Thursday at Phoenix International Raceway.

Richards, out of Mexico City, recorded a speed of 123.822 mph in final practice for the historic race on the one-mile oval. He is picking up right where he left off after winning the 2012 season finale at Mexico City last November to garner a second-place finish in the championship point standings. Richards has won seven races over the last two seasons.

A Season Of Change For Toyota Series

New Track, New Championship Format For Mexican Series
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
February 28, 2013 - 2:02pm

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – If “change is the law of life” as President John Kennedy once said, then the NASCAR Toyota Series is toeing the line in 2013.

From where the season starts to how it ends to where some of the top drivers call home are notable changes as a new season dawns for the Mexico-based series.

VIDEO: Scenes From Daytona

A Look Back At The UNOH Battle At The Beach

February 27, 2013 - 1:54pm

Again this season, NASCAR Home Tracks will feature a video recap of select events.

"Scenes From Daytona" is a look back at the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach held Feb. 18-19 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

K&N West Statistical Advance: Phoenix

Analyzing The Talking Stick Resort 60 At Phoenix Int'l Raceway
By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR
February 26, 2013 - 2:44pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West kicks off its 2013 season at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, March 2. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Phoenix, as well as some other statistical trends:

Phoenix Race Setup
• This marks the start of the 60th season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The 15-race schedule winds up back at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 9.

K&N Pro Series West News & Notes: Phoenix

Hayley Heads To PIR After Getting Early Boost To 2013 Season
By Travis Barrett
February 25, 2013 - 3:26pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Cameron Hayley spent most of the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season wondering if the pressure was starting to get to him.

As a member of NASCAR's Next9 program – highlighting rising stars climbing the NASCAR national ranks – Hayley's season was highlighted by just five top-5 finishes in 15 races. With other Next9 drivers like Corey LaJoie, Dylan Kwasniewski and Kyle Larson winning races and championships, Hayley wasn't sure he belonged in such accomplished company.

Florida Tracks: Then And Now With NASCAR

New Smyrna's World Series Opens New Chapter
By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR
February 22, 2013 - 10:05am

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A new chapter in NASCAR and central Florida racing history opened this week. New Smyrna Speedway’s 47th annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing is NASCAR-sanctioned as part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for the first time.

The half-mile high-banked paved oval in Samsula, Fla., and its sister track, Orlando (Fla.) Speedworld, joined the NASCAR family last month.