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Open-Wheel Trio Ready For Camping World Race At Stafford

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

Three drivers with a history of success in open-wheel racing have entered the NASCAR Camping World Series East race at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway this weekend. The 36th annual CARQUEST Fall Final is set for Oct. 10-12.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers Ted Christopher and Woody Pitkat will be joined by 19-year-old Kevin Swindell, son of three-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion Sammy Swindell in the NASCAR Camping World Series race.

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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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Weather: Stafford Fall Final Weekend Postponed Two Weeks

By Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – An expected weekend-long deluge from a tropical storm has postponed the 36th annual CarQuest Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Conn.

The race weekend, which featured the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the final race of the NASCAR Camping World Series East, has been rescheduled for October 10-12.

The weekend will include all five divisions of Stafford’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series as scheduled.

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News & Notes: Champ Kobyluck Heads Home To Celebrate

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

Matt Kobyluck realized a decade-long dream of winning the NASCAR Camping World Series East championship when he clinched the title with a third-place finish at Dover International Speedway Sept. 19.

Now he can get back to business, and job No. 1 is winning the final race of the season at Stafford  (Conn.) Motor Speedway Sunday, Sept. 28.

“It’ll be great to get to Stafford,” Kobyluck said. “I get to go back to one of my home tracks and to celebrate the championship there will be really, really cool.

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World History! Kobyluck Wins Title

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DOVER, Del. – Matt Kobyluck won his first NASCAR championship Friday at Dover International Speedway, while Aric Almirola earned the win in his first appearance in the NASCAR Camping World Series East.

Kobyluck, the 38-year-old driver from Uncasville, Conn., clinched the NASCAR Camping World Series East title with his third-place finish in the Sunoco 150. Kobyluck also became the first Native American to win a NASCAR Camping World Series championship. He is a member of the Mohegan Tribal Nation.

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Qualifying: Icklers Takes Dover Pole

By Official Release

DOVER, Del. – Brian Ickler won his first Coors Light Pole Award in the NASCAR Camping World Series East Friday afternoon in qualifying for the Sunoco 150 at Dover International Speedway.

Ickler (No. 15 Ickler Motorsports Chevrolet) had the fast lap of 23.588 seconds around the 1-mile banked concrete oval translated to 152.620 mph. Previously Ickler had collected three Coors Light Pole Awards in the NASCAR Camping World Series West.

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News & Notes: NASCAR Camping World Series East Set For Monster Weekend

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

NASCAR Camping World Series East teams are ready for a Monster Weekend at Dover International Speedway Friday.

Dover’s “Monster Mile,” fronted by the new Monster Monument, will host the series’ Sunoco 150 Sept. 19. The 150-lap event on the 1-mile banked concrete oval is the second-to-last race on the 2008 series schedule, but by the end of the race, the 2008 series champion could be crowned.

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Practice: Almirola Leads At Dover

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DOVER, Del. - Aric Almirola showed the ability to quickly adapt to the NASCAR Camping World Series East cars. Almirola, who is driving the No. 8 DEI Chevrolet normally piloted by Jeffrey Earnhardt, was ninth fastest in the first practice but topped the speed charts in the second session.

Almirola's best lap of 24.174 seconds around the 1-mile banked concrete oval during the 1 hour, 10 minute practice was good for an average speed of 148.920 mph. It was the fastest time of the day.

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Almirola Gets DEI Dover Assignment

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

Aric Almirola will drive the No. 8 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Friday's NASCAR Camping World Series East race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. 

Almirola, 23, of Tampa, Fla., will make his series debut in the Sunoco 150.

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MILESTONE: NASCAR To Celebrate 500th Modified Race at Martinsville

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

When the green flag drops on the Made In America Whelen 300 on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, it will be a historic marker on the timeline of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour: the 500th race.

Formed with the purpose of formalizing the procedure to crown a Modified champion, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s first race took place at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on March 31, 1985. Fittingly it was Richie Evans, who is widely considered to be the greatest Modified driver of all-time, that took the checkered flag in the first race.

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