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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Hits Full Stride

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Twenty-six NASCAR Whelen All American Series tracks in 19 states and provinces across North America are scheduled to open in April.

Among them are three of NASCAR’s longest continuously-operated tracks.

The “granddaddy” of all NASCAR short tracks is Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. The flat .250-mile paved oval echoes of NASCAR history on a weekly basis. The track’s rich tradition of Southern Modified racing is displayed every Saturday night; Bowman Gray’s 61st season starts April 25 and runs through Aug. 15.

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Offseason Honors Motivate Morris

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The offseason wasn’t just about basking in 2008 accomplishments for Philip Morris. It also provided the carrot-on-the-stick for him to repeat his performance in 2009.

He’s off to a perfect start. The two-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion won his first race of the season last weekend at South Boston (Va.) Speedway and he’s looking forward to opening night at his home track, Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., next weekend.

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Houston Motorsports Park Joins Whelen All-American Series

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NASCAR announced today that Houston Motorsports Park will be a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track in 2009. NWAAS Houston Motorsports logo

Houston Motorsports Park, a D-shaped .375-mile banked asphalt and concrete oval, opens with the five-division, NASCAR-sanctioned “Fiesta’s Speedfest 09 presented by Cricket Wireless” Saturday, March 28. The track is located inside Beltway 8, not far from downtown Houston.

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Rocco Honored By Governor Rell

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Keith Rocco has been busy getting ready to make another run at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship. But he took some time out recently to enjoy one more reward from his outstanding 2008 season in which he earned the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Connecticut state championship.

Rocco’s achievements were recognized by Governor Jodi Rell at the state capitol in Hartford.

Rocco had 11 wins, 32 top fives and 38 top 10s racing at three Connecticut short tracks: Stafford Motor Speedway, Thompson International Speedway and the Waterford Speedbowl.

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2009 Season Opens For A Dozen Whelen All-American Tracks

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

One of the newest tracks to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series has ushered in the 2009 season.

Monroe Motor Speedway, the new facility in Louisiana, kicked off racing this past weekend. They are one of 12 tracks scheduled to get started in March.

“Our area is in total excitement,” said Monroe track promoter Rusty Marcus of the atmosphere surrounding racing at the state-of-the-art asphalt oval. “Everyone was ready and we had phenomenal first weekend.”

Garrett Dorett was the winner of Saturday’s Late Model feature.

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Hometown honors Reitenour

By 909 Group

Megan Reitenour, a first-year participant in the Drive for Diversity initiative,  was recently honored by her hometown of Miamisburg, Ohio, for her racing accomplishments. Reitenour will begin the 2009 season next month at Tri-County Speedway in Hudson, N.C., racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for Leicht Motorsports.

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Nationwide Insurance to Sponsor D4D's Cherry at Greenville Pickens

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Nationwide Mutual Insurance, in partnership with local Nationwide Insurance agent Carlo White announced this week that it will sponsor NASCAR Whelen All-American Series driver, Michael Cherry. The promising 19-year old driver has been chosen to represent Nationwide Insurance in conjunction with NASCAR’s “Drive for Diversity” initiative, which is further diversifying the sport by providing opportunities to minority and female competitors.

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NASCAR Television Ad Campaign Tells Home Track Story

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For Philip Morris, his family is never far from his thoughts – whether he’s in his race car or Victory Lane.

That’s why this year’s NASCAR Home Tracks television commercial campaign – which debuted during the 2009 DIRECTV Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway – was so meaningful for him. Morris, the 2006 and 2008 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion, and his family were the centerpiece of the spot titled “Lifting.”

The two spots in the campaign were previewed for track promoters during their visit to Daytona.

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Daytona 500 Winner’s Son Ross Kenseth Pilots Own Racing Career

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Ross Kenseth is a 15-year-old high school basketball player who knows how to win on the court and on the track. The Spring Valley, Ill., teenager is also the son of the 2009 Daytona 500 champion Matt Kenseth. And like his father, Ross likes to compete, he likes to race, and he enjoys winning.

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Thunder Raceway Returns To Whelen All-American Series

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Thunder Raceway in Show Low, Ariz., returns to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series this year.

The .250-mile clay oval is located in the east central Arizona’s Mogollon Rim, known as a forested resort area. The track was forced to leave the series in 2002 due to savage forest fires. One fire of historic proportions burned for weeks and consumed almost 500,000 acres impacting Show Low and the surrounding region.

The track returns to the series in 2009, and continues to be operated by Bob and Janet Livingston.

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