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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 30, 2012) — A three-time NASCAR track and state championship winner is off to a fast start again this year.
During Memorial Day weekend Naima Lang brought his NASCAR Super Late Model victory total to three in four starts at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash. Saturday he placed fourth in the first 50 lap feature won by two-time track champion Shane Harding. Lang won the second feature to maintain his leads in the track and state NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standings.
Lang, 42, of Lynnwood, Wash., is Evergreen’s defending NASCAR Super Late Model division track champion with a total of three track and state titles over the past four seasons. His 2011 NASCAR racing record was 11 wins and 17 top-fives in 17 starts.
“We didn’t plan on running for points last year, and it turned out to be my best year in Late Model racing,” Lang said. “Getting 11 wins sure made it more fun.”
“We’ve got a lot of double headers on the schedule this year, and we’re just taking them race by race,” Lang said. “Hopefully we can stay out of trouble and have a good season. We started out with 22 cars in the pits and we haven’t had that many in a while. They’re really turning the track around for the better.”
The track is being reinvigorated under the management of High Road Promotions that began operating the fairgrounds racing complex last year.
NATIONAL TOP 500 | STATE/PROVINCE TOP 20
Lang’s current national ranking of 81st could be deceptive. At Evergreen, Super Late Models compete in double feature race nights twice each month, with the exception of special events on the larger .646-mile oval. He was ranked as No. 140 in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series top 500 in 2011. But increased Evergreen car counts could elevate his position in the national standings this year.
Anthony Anders leads the NASCAR national standings with 488 points. His asphalt Late Model racing record through last weekend includes 12 top-fives and 20 top-10s in 22 starts racing at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway, Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway, Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C., and Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
Nate Monteith is second with four wins and 422 points racing against Anders at Kingsport and Greenville.
Another pavement Late Model driver Matt Bowling is third in national ranking with one win and 363 points racing at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., South Boston (Va.) Speedway and Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va. Fourth in standings is C.E. Falk III with six wins and 356 points racing against Bowling at those same three tracks. Deac McCaskill is fifth in national ranking with eight wins and 346 points racing at South Boston and Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C.
A driver’s best 18 results through Sept. 16 are counted toward their states and national point totals, and the champions are decided on overall point total. Once a driver reaches 18 starts, their total would increase incrementally as they replace some poorer runs with better results.
Under the points structure for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the race winner receives two points for every car in the event up to 20 cars. Second place receives two fewer points and so on through the field. Race winners receive an additional five points. For example, if 20 cars are in the field, the winner receives 45 points, second place 38 and third 36. If there are 15 cars, the winner receives 35 points, second 28 and third, 26.
Track, state and provincial champions and the top-three finishers in the national standings earn invitations to the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet in December.
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Top 25
|1||Anthony Anders||Kingsport, Myrtle, Greenville, Hickory||22||0||12||20||488|
|2||Nate Monteith||Kingsport, Greenville||14||4||10||12||422|
|3||Matt Bowling||Langley, S Boston, Motor Mile||12||1||10||11||363|
|4||C E Falk, III||Langley, Motor Mile, S Boston||11||6||9||10||356|
|5||Deac McCaskill||S Boston, Southern Natl||11||8||10||11||346|
|6||Daniel Pope, II||Kingsport||9||3||8||9||321|
|11||Keith Rocco||Waterford, Stafford||11||5||5||5||265|
|12||Joe Aramendia||Houston, Thunderhill||10||7||10||10||261|
|13||Peyton Sellers||S Boston||8||2||6||8||256|
|14||Jason O'Brien||I-80, Adams||9||1||5||8||253|
|16||Chris Spieker||I-80, Adams||9||0||4||8||250|
|17||Joe Gada||Stafford, Waterford||12||0||1||5||250|
|20||Marty Ward, Jr||Greenville||9||4||8||8||248|
|22||Ryan Preece||Thompson, Stafford, Riverhead||10||2||5||7||234|
|23||Austin Self||S Boston, Caraway, Motor Mile, Langley, Southern||13||0||6||10||234|