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Bragging Rights On The Line For Champions

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

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?

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Vilarino Wins Second Whelen Euro Title

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

LEMANS, France -- Ander Vilariño overcame another near disaster Sunday to claim his second straight NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship.

The 33-year-old from Spain was spun in the closing minutes of the season finale for the Elite Division on the 2.655-mile Circuit Le Mans Bugatti at LeMans, but he recovered to drive his No. 2 TFT-Banco Santander Chevrolet to a fourth-place finish.

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Gabillon Leads Wire-To-Wire At LeMans

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

LEMANS, France -- Frédéric Gabillon did what he needed to do - driving to the win Saturday - and Ander Vilarino avoided near disaster to remain firmly in control of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship battle.

Gabillon led wire-to-wire to pick up his third win of the season. The 37-year-old Frenchman earned the pole in qualifying Saturday morning and kept the No. 5 Rapido Racing by Still Chevrolet out front for all 17 laps on the 2.655-mile Circuit Le Mans Bugatti at LeMans Saturday afternoon.

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QUALIFYING: Gabillon On Point At LeMans

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

LEMANS, France -- Frédéric Gabillon is looking to challenge Ander Vilarino for the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship, and he'll start the final weekend at the front of the field.

Gabillon won the pole award for the Elite Division race with a fast lap of 2 minutes, 9.505 seconds around the 2.655-mile Circuit Le Mans Bugatti at LeMans.

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Most Popular Driver Voting Begins Online

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Online voting is underway for the Most Popular Driver of the Year Award in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (Twitter hashtag: #NWES).

The link to the 2013 Euro-Racecar Series Most Popular Driver ballot is being hosted on www.nascarhometracks.com. Fans may vote once per day and are encouraged to vote throughout the season. Voting continues through Nov. 17.

VOTE HERE

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Whelen Euro Series News & Notes: Le Mans

By Gian Luca, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

BLOIS, France – Two weeks after visiting the historic Italian Autodromo di Monza for the semifinals, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will make its final stop of the season at another legendary European track as the Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans hosts the season finale on Oct. 12-13 with everything on the line. With doubled points awarded in the playoffs, the title contenders can’t afford one single mistake, making the French weekend more exciting than ever.

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Zimmer Breaks Through For First Win

Official Release

MONZA, Italy – Yann Zimmer was undeterred by a wet track as he drove to his first career NASCAR Whelen Euro Series victory Sunday in the second round of the Elite Division semifinal at Autodromo di Monza.

The 23-year-old Swiss driver held off a late run by Frédéric Gabillon on the last turn of the last lap to put the No. 33 OverDrive in Victory Lane.
Gabillon (No. 5 Rapido Racing by Still) settled for second and points leader Ander Vilarino (No. 2 TFT - Banco Santander) was third. Vilariño won the first round at Monza Saturday.

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Vilarino Rolls To Seventh Victory

Whelen Euro Series Release

MONZA, ITALY – Ander Vilariño returned to Victory Lane and moved a step closer to a second straight NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship.

The 33-year-old Spanish driver picked up his seventh win of the season in the first Elite Division race at Autodromo di Monza as the series’ playoffs opened at the 5.793 kilometer (3.599 mile) course north of Milan.

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Whelen Euro Series News & Notes: Monza

By Gian Luca, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

BLOIS, France – For its fifth round of the season, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series goes to Italy to take on the legendary Monza track for the first time. 

Just as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is in its Chase, the Whelen Euro Series begins its playoff rounds that will consist of four races in which the point totals are doubled.

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FRIDAY FEATURE: Turn In The Road

By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

It is 4,448 miles – or 7,157 kilometers, if you will – between Paris, France, and Daytona Beach, Florida.

The gap between European racers and their NASCAR dreams, though, has grown considerably smaller thanks to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

In its second year under the NASCAR banner, the European-based stock-car series is not just making enormous strides with its on-track competition, but it’s become a gateway for drivers looking for the opportunity to pursue their dreams of racing in the highest levels of NASCAR.

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