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PRACTICE: Morris Fast at Martinsville

Andy Marquis, NASCARHomeTracks.com

MARTINSVILLE, VA – Philip Morris was fastest in practice for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 on Friday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway.

Morris, who has won four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championships and is a three time victor in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, ran a 20.269 second lap in practice.  Morris won 20 races during the 2017 Whelen All-American Series season.

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First Time In Prime Time

Andy Marquis, NASCARHomeTracks.com

Late Model Stock Car racing’s best racers are preparing to head to Martinsville Speedway for their biggest race of the season, the 33rd annual, $25,000-to-win Valley Star Credit Union 300 which will commence on Saturday night. This year, however, things are bigger and brighter than ever before.

Saturday night’s race will be the first race ever run under Martinsville Speedway’s new permanent LED lighting system, and the first night race has generated plenty of buzz. For the racers, a night race at Martinsville also presents new challenges.

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Pulliam Crowned For Fourth Time

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It's a call Lee Pulliam's gotten before. Three times, in fact.

It was a little extra sweeter, however, the fourth time NASCAR Vice President of Weekly and Touring Series George Silbermann informed him that he was the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion.

"It was one of the best phone calls I have ever received," said Pulliam Thursday. "It's been a pretty long week, I tell you that. But it's all been worth it."

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Championship Weekend To Decide Titles

NASCARHomeTracks.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- After a full season of racing, one final weekend awaits to decide NASCAR champions across the United States and Canada.

Sunday marks the final day for drivers to collect points throughout the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and while Lee Pulliam is breathing a little easier in his pursuit of history in the form of a fourth Division I title, his won't be the only on the line.

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Catalano Continues Family Legacy

Adam Fenwick, NASCARHomeTracks.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tommy Catalano continued his family's tradition of collecting NASCAR championships.

The year 19-year-old Catalano won a pair of NASCAR track championships at New York’s Holland International Speedway and Spencer Speedway. By doing so, Catalano became only the second person in history to win both championships in the same year.

The only other person to accomplish that feat is someone Catalano knows very well: his mother, Amy Catalano. 

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FRIDAY FEATURE: Michigan Teen Closes Fast

By Adam Fenwick, NASCARHomeTracks.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.- Entering the season finale last Saturday night at Berlin Raceway, 14-year-old rookie Carson Hocevar had a one-in-four chance of earning his first track championship in ZFS Super Late Model division.

By the time the night was over, Hocevar had plenty of reasons to celebrate.

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FRIDAY FEATURE: Huddleston Makes Dream Run

By Adam Fenwick, NASCARHomeTracks.com

Trevor Huddleston is in contention to do what only two other California drivers have done in the history of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Huddleston, who is from Agoura, California, is hoping to join fellow Golden State natives Greg Pursley and Doug McCoun as just the third driver to claim the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship.

The 21-year-old driver has had an incredible season thus far, which has put him right in the middle of an intense title fight with three-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National champion Lee Pulliam. 

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FRIDAY FEATURE: Virginia's Glory Road

By Adam Fenwick, NASCARHomeTracks.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Virginia’s South Boston Speedway has come a long way since it opened for the first time on Aug. 10, 1957.

Originally a quarter-mile dirt track when it first opened for racing in 1957, the track is now a four-tenths-mile paved oval that plays host to NASCAR sanctioned weekly racing from late March through the middle of September.

South Boston’s General Manager Cathy Rice, who has worked at the speedway since 1989, says the facility plays an important role in the small local community that is void of major attractions.

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VonDohren Cleans Up On Pennsylvania Dirt

By Adam Fenwick, NASCARHomeTracks.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dirt racing has been taking center stage recently in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. 

Leading the dirt racing charge not just this year, but for the last several years, is Craig VonDohren. A nine-time 358 Modified Division champion at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, VonDohren continued to lead the dirt racing charge on Saturday night by winning the 50-lap Forrest Rogers Memorial.

The race, run in honor of the late founder of the speedway Forrest Rogers, paid VonDohren a hefty $10,000.

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VanDyke Embracing Breakthrough Season

By Adam Fenwick, NASCARHomeTracks.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It’s been a career year for Virginia’s Kres VanDyke, and the season isn’t even close to complete.

VanDyke, the reigning NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Tennessee champion, has scored 20 victories this season across three race tracks in the Southeast. At two of those tracks - Kingsport Speedway in Tennessee and Lonesome Pine Raceway in Virginia - he is also the point leader in the late model stock car division.

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