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Talent Showcase Provides Drivers With 'Life-Changing' Opportunity

By Official Release

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – Laura Hayes had a perfect view of the Drive for Diversity in action. Driving at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif., this past season, Hayes ran a Late Model against program participants Kristin Bumbera, Paul Harraka and Katie Hagar.

Running for her family team – with her father and uncle serving as crew – and with a car leased from Golden State Racing, she more than held her own. She had 12 top fives and a win.

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Drive For Diversity Kicks Off Two Day Combine At South Boston

By Official Release

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – More than a dozen drivers took to the track Monday as the fifth annual Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Sunoco got underway. The two-day event, sponsored by NASCAR, is designed to showcase the sport’s top minority and female drivers in front of NASCAR car owners.

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Combine Kicks Off At SoBo

By Official Release

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – The sun hadn't been up long when Trista Stevenson rolled off pit road Monday morning and got the 2008 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine presented by Sunoco started with the first laps of the two-day session.

Stevenson, from Pocahontas, Ill., was the first of 25 drivers scheduled to participate in both on-track testing and off-track media training and evaluation. The process will cover Monday and Tuesday at South Boston Speedway.

Thirteen drivers are scheduled to be on-track Monday, and the remaining 12 will run Tuesday. 

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Drive for Diversity To Host 25 Candidates At Combine

By Official Release

Twenty-five drivers from different forms of racing all over North America  will showcase their skills in front of NASCAR team owners and executives at the sixth annual Drive for Diversity Testing & Evaluation Combine presented by Sunoco. The scouting event will take place October 13–14 at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Va. This year’s candidates were selected from more than 200 applicants from across North America.  Fourteen of the drivers will earn a ride in NASCAR’s developmental series for the 2009 season.

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Going NASCAR Pays Off For Larson

By Official Release

Cedar Lake Speedway’s decision to add NASCAR sanctioning paid off for Brent Larson. The Lake Elmo, Wisc., driver finished third in the track’s final feature event Sept. 12 to claim the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Wisconsin state championship by one point over defending state and national champion Steve Carlson.

Larson’s margin of victory was the smallest for the 25 U.S. state and Canadian province champions announced by NASCAR today.

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CHAMPION: Morris Claims Second Whelen All-American Series Crown

By Official Release

Late-season pressure doesn’t seem to phase Philip Morris.

For the second time in three years, Morris won his final Late Model feature on the very last weekend of the season to win the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship by the slimmest of margins.

Morris’ victory at his home track of Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., on Sept. 13 gave him the precious points needed to secure the 2008 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship.

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Harris' Last Chance Rained Out

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

OFFICIAL FINAL STANDINGS TO BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY

NEW RICHMOND, Wisc. – Rain has washed out the Legendary 100 at Cedar Lake Speedway Sunday, thwarting Brian Harris’ last chance to add to his NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points total.

The Davenport, Iowa, driver entered the weekend with a 953-946 lead over Philip Morris. But Morris, from Ruckersville, Va., won Saturday night at his home track of Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., to increase his total to 955.

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Morris Takes Lead With Victory

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

Philip Morris returned to his home track for his final race of the season and finished off in grand style: In Victory Lane.

Morris won the 150-lap asphalt Late Model feature Saturday night at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va. - where he had already clinched a sixth track title -  and took the unofficial lead in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standings.

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Morris Gains, But Harris Still Leads

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

Philip Morris picked up an important victory Friday night, but only closed the gap on points leader Brian Harris by one in the chase for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship race.

Morris finished sixth in the first 50-lap feature at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C., but came back to win the second. With 21 cars in the second feature, Morris was able to collect 47 points for the effort. This allowed him to drop a 46-point finish from earlier this year and improving his overall total to 947.

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Weather Impacts Points Race

NEW RICHMOND, Wisc. – Brian Harris got the car, he just didn’t get a chance to get on the track. Yet.

“When we pulled in, it started raining,” said Harris, of his attempt to race Thursday night at Wisconsin’s Cedar Lake Speedway.

The weather looks better Friday night for Harris, as it does for his closest competitor, Philip Morris, as the two battle for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship.

Harris leads Morris, 953-946. The deadline for earning points toward the championship is Sunday, Sept. 14.

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