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PRACTICE: Fitzpatrick Fast At Riverside

Looks To Extend All-Time Series Record For Pole Wins
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
August 17, 2013 - 1:37pm

ANTIGONISH, Nova Scotia, Canada – J.R. Fitzpatrick was fastest in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 practice on Saturday for the Wilson Equipment 300 Supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief at Riverside International Speedway.

Fitzpatrick of Ayr, Ontario, drove his No. 84 Equipment Express Chevrolet around the high-banked third-mile track in 14.544 seconds for an average speed of 82.246 mph. With 14 series career pole wins, Fitzpatrick tops the all-time list.

FRIDAY FEATURE: Uncharted Waters

New Championship Format Has Drivers Focused On Ultimate Goal
By Travis Barrett, Special To NASCAR Home Tracks
August 16, 2013 - 9:31am

The roads they took to the “Desafio” might be different, but the paths they'll try and carve out en route to the NASCAR Toyota Series championship all look eerily similar.

The formula for success in a five-race, mad-dash sprint to the finish might not be the same one that put you into the first “playoffs” for the Mexico-based series – but you can be certain virtually every driver entered in it believe there's only one way out of it with the big trophy.

Desafio 101: Road To The Championship

The Tracks, Who's Hot & Who's Not As Playoffs Set To Begin
By John Tejeda, NASCAR
August 16, 2013 - 8:31am

On any given race weekend, NASCAR Toyota Series fans can expect to see a fair mix of excitement and drama combined with a lot of high-speed action. The 2013 season has been no exception. Through its first 10 events, seven different drivers have made their way to Victory Lane, four of whom celebrated their first series victory.

Unlike previous seasons, however, this edition of Mexico's premier stock car racing series adds a new dynamic to the championship quest, the "Desafío.”

Santos Works Overtime For Win

Collects 10th Career Whelen Modified Tour Victory
By Jason Christley, NASCAR
August 15, 2013 - 11:11pm
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THOMPSON, Conn. – It took overtime, but Bobby Santos collected his 10th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win Thursday night with his victory in the Budweiser King of Beers 150 at Thompson Speedway.

It was Santos' fourth win at Thompson and it came after he collected his fourth Coors Light Pole Award of the season. He also posted the fastest lap in practice.
 
Getting the win, however, was not so easy. Two green-white-checkered attempts stretched the race to 158 laps and Santos held off Donny Lia to take the checkered flag.

QUALIFYING: Santos Nabs Another Pole

Ties Single-Season Career-High With Fourth Pole
By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
August 15, 2013 - 6:40pm
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THOMPSON, Conn. – Another race, another Coors Light Pole Award for Bobby Santos.

Santos, from Franklin, Mass., recorded his fourth pole of the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season Thursday evening when he was the top qualifier for the Budweiser King of Beers 150 at Thompson Speedway. His fast time was 18.775 seconds and 119.840 mph.

It marked the 12th career pole for Santos overall, and his fourth at the .625-mile oval. Tonight’s performance also tied a personal single-season best. He also earned four poles during his 2010 championship campaign.

PRACTICE: Santos Quick At Thompson

Led Budweiser King of Beers 150 Practice
By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
August 15, 2013 - 4:05pm

THOMPSON, Conn. – A three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour winner at Thompson Speedway, Bobby Santos is once again off to a fast start as he led Budweiser King of Beers 150 practice Thursday.

Santos, from Franklin, Mass., piloted the No. 44 Tinio Racing/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet to a fast lap of 18.744 seconds (120.038 mph) during the one hour afternoon session at Thompson, his home track.

Santos will look for his fourth career Thompson Coors Light Pole Award later today when qualifying gets underway at 5:30 p.m.

Plowman Finds New Home At Adams County

Going For First Track Title In Division III B-Mods
By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR
August 15, 2013 - 2:05pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jon Plowman was restless about his racing program and decided a change was in order last year. By mid-summer he settled into NASCAR Whelen All-American Series B-Modifieds at Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa. This summer, he’s contending for his first career track championship.

Pollaro Livin’ Large In Texas

Third-Year Driver Fields 10 Cars In Six Divisions
By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR
August 14, 2013 - 4:49pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Texan Rick Pollaro fields an unusually large number of competitive cars in several NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions.

Pollaro, 49, of Canyon Lake, Texas, had a fast rise to the top. He’s been racing for only three years.  As an owner-driver he leads the BWFS Coke Truck division point standings at Houston Motorsports Park. He also competes at Central Texas Speedway in Kyle, Texas. Trucks are NASCAR Finalist Division II at both .375-mile paved ovals.

Champions Sellers, Pulliam Split Wins

Pulliam Builds Lead To 25 With Five Weeks To Go
By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
August 13, 2013 - 3:30pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champions squared off in two 125-lap features Saturday night, and each went to Victory Lane.

Defending national champ Lee Pulliam, 25, of Semora, N.C., and 2005 title holder Peyton Sellers, 29, of Danville, Va., split twin 125-lap feature wins at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.

K&N West Statistical Advance: Monroe

Analyzing The NAPA Auto Parts 150 At Evergreen Speedway
By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR
August 13, 2013 - 2:56pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West visits Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., on Saturday, Aug. 17. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Monroe, as well as some other statistical trends:

Canadian Tire Statistical Advance: Antigonish

Analyzing The Wilson Equipment 300 At Riverside Int'l Speedway
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
August 13, 2013 - 12:49pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 makes its annual trek eastward to the Canadian Maritimes for a date at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S., for the Wilson Equipment 300 Supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief on Saturday, Aug. 17. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of selected drivers at Antigonish, as well as some other statistical trends:

Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Thompson

Analyzing The Budweiser 150 At Thompson Speedway
By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
August 13, 2013 - 10:50am

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will headline the racing action at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway with the Budweiser King of Beers 150 on Thursday, Aug. 15. Below is a statistical look at the performance of tour and selected drivers at the track:

K&N West News & Notes: Monroe

Thorn Sets Pace Heading Into Second Half Of Season
By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR
August 12, 2013 - 5:00pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West has passed the midway point of its season as it visits the Pacific Northwest this week for the NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by Toyota at Evergreen Speedway.

The event marks a traditional series stop at the historic track that is part of the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Wash. The venue has a long heritage that includes the label, “The Super Speedway of the West.”

Canadian Tire News & Notes: Antigonish

Hathaway Right In the Middle Of It This Year
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
August 12, 2013 - 3:35pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jason Hathaway is out of the fringe and into the mix.

Always on the edge of contention, but never quite in the thick of it would be the best way to describe Hathaway until this year. With four races remaining this season the Dutton, Ont., driver already has established a career-high in top-five finishes with five. However, according to Hathaway not that much is different for the No. 3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge team.

Vences Earns First Series Victory

Field Set For Desafío
By John Tejeda, NASCAR
August 12, 2013 - 1:15pm

MEXICO CITY, Mexico - Irwin Vences' first NASCAR Toyota Series victory was a bittersweet one.