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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Second-year NASCAR Whelen All-American Series dirt Late Model driver Jase Kaser reached new heights in 2013. He swept two track championships and the Nebraska state championship. The sweep of the season pivoted on the final, crucial race night.
For the second year in a row, Kaser, 21, of Lincoln, Neb., won the state championship and dirt Late Model track title at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb. He added his first NASCAR dirt Super Late Model track championship at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A 63-year-old semi-retired NASCAR champion converted an encore part-time appearance into what could be the last full time season of his distinguished career this year. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship-winning reprise was in tribute to a fallen friend and crewman.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bent sheet metal, hurt feelings, last-lap action and ecstatic winners.
That’s what the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach promised. And it delivered.
The event, held on the short track on the Superstretch of Daytona International Speedway, will return to the “World Center of Racing” during Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 on Tuesday, Feb. 18. It will highlight a week full of NASCAR racing at Daytona and neighboring New Smyrna Speedway, a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Can Lee Pulliam beat Ryan Preece in an SK Modified at Stafford? Which multi-time champion is better around Langley in a stock car: George Brunnhoelzl III or Dylan Kwasniewski? Would Canadian Scott Steckly beat Spaniard Ander Vilarino at England’s Brands Hatch?
And what happens when you let fans and media behind the wheel and into the mix?
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — David Rogers entered his first stock car race in December 1973 and won for the first time in 1974. Forty years later he’s still winning races and championships.
Rogers, 58, of Orlando, Fla., won Florida’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state championship for the 2013 season racing super late models at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, a half-mile high-banked asphalt oval just south of Daytona Beach. He won the crown on the strength of three wins, nine top fives and 15 top 10s in 15 starts.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Steve Carlson returned to full-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition this year and achieved championship results.
The 56-year-old driver out of West Salem, Wis., won 2013 NASCAR track and state titles racing at LaCrosse (Wis.) Fairgrounds Speedway. It was the first time in several years that Carlson, who was the series’ 2007 national champion, and his team focused on weekly racing at the .545-mile paved oval.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — An Indiana teen and his family got the most out of a long weekly commute to a fabled NASCAR track in Missouri this year.
Cole Williams, 17, from the Louisville, Ky.-area city of Sellersburg, Ind., won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model track and state championships and Missouri rookie-of-the-year award racing at Lebanon (Mo.) I-44 Speedway. The titles capped the track’s return to NASCAR.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Adam Royle increased his NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship total to eight this year and added a track title he long coveted.
Royle, 32, of Lonsdale, Minn., won his first Elko (Minn.) Speedway NASCAR Late Model championship and fourth state championship. He also holds three track championships at Raceway Park in Shakopee, Minn.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Canadian Erica Thiering’s championship record is remarkable.
Thiering, 23, of Sherwood Park, Alberta, won her fifth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track and province championships in 2013. Additionally, she won championships in both the NASCAR Division I Super Stock and NASCAR Division V Late Model divisions at Edmonton (Alberta) International Raceway for a second consecutive season. Including the support division late model titles, her track championship total is seven since 2008.
'Flat Out' Ep. 9 -- 'Frenemies ': Dylan continues to climb towards being the first driver to win both the K&N West and East Series. After he's almost wrecked on the track, Dylan realizes he needs to choose his friends carefully. Everyone he knows in Charlotte not only races, but is gunning for his spot.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Durable, steady and smart are just a few of the attributes that have made Bruce Yackey one of the most decorated drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y., is among the most celebrated in NASCAR short track racing history.
NASCAR pavement Modified fans know it as home track for national champions Richie Evans and Jerry Cook in the 1960s and 1970s. In recent decades, dirt Modified fans revel in competitive standards set by Paul Jensen then Dale Planck in the 1990s to current standard bearer Stewart Friesen.
The track and NASCAR announced Saturday night that Utica-Rome would be part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2014.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Daniel Suárez won the Mexico Toyota 240 on Sunday at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, but Rodrigo Peralta took home the big hardware.
Peralta, from Querétaro, Mexico, earned his first NASCAR Toyota Series championship with a fourth-place finish. It was enough to hold off Suárez and the rest of the Desafío field. Peralta finished with a eight-point margin over Suárez.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A revered New York short track will reconnect with NASCAR in 2014.
Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y., rejoins the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series next year. Gene Cole has owned and operated the 52-year-old half-mile dirt track since 2002. The announcement was made Saturday night at the track’s annual year-end awards banquet.
AVONDALE, Ariz. – Gray Gaulding won the Casino Arizona 50 on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway, but Derek Thorn was the man of the night.
Thorn clinched his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship with a 15th-place finish which was enough to hold off a trio of contenders. Thorn carried a 16-point advantage over 2011 series champion Greg Pursley into the night with Cameron Hayley and Michael Self also in contention. He wound up winning the title by six points over Hayley, who finished third.