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News & Notes: Season’s Closing Stretch Begins At New Hampshire's Magic Mile

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

The NASCAR Camping World Series East begins its final stretch run Friday, Sept. 12 as the 2008 season wraps up with three straight weekends of racing.

First up is the Heluva Good! Fall 125 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Matt Kobyluck (No. 40 Mohegan Sun Chevrolet) not only enters with a 176-point lead, but recorded a career-best third place in June’s race at New Hampshire.

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Davis To Run Truck For Moss

By Official Release

JGR Development Driver Takes Next Step Up Ladder

Randy Moss Motorsports announced that 18-year old Marc Davis will make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut Sept. 6 at Gateway International Speedway in the RMM No. 81 race truck with sponsorship from Howard University's WHUR 96.3 Radio.

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A Victorious Return For Ickler

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

MANSFIELD, Ohio – In the second venture for the NASCAR Camping World Series East to the Buckeye State, Brian Ickler took the checkered flag in the Mansfield 150 Saturday evening in Mansfield Motorsports Park to secure his third win of 2008.

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Qualifying: Bayne Sets Mansfield Mark

By Official Release

MANSFIELD, Ohio - Rookie Trevor Bayne posted a record-setting qualifying lap en route to winning his second Coors Light Pole Award Saturday at Mansfield Motorsports Park.

Bayne (No. 1 Dale Eanhardt Chevrolet Chevrolet) had a lap of 16.439 seconds/109.496 mph. He was one of four drivers to eclipse the record of 16.488/109.170 set by Sean Caisse last year. Bayne enters the race, second in points, 135 points behind Matt Kobyluck.

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Practice: DEI Leads At Mansfield

By Official Release

MANSFIELD, Ohio - Dale Earnhardt Inc. duo Jeffrey Earnhardt and rookie Trevor Bayne led the speed charts after the 1 1/2-hour practice at Mansfield Motorsports Park.

Earnhardt (DNo. 8 Dale Earnhardt Foundation Chevrolet) was the fastest at 16.363 seconds for 110.004 mph on the .5-mile oval, while Bayne (No. 1 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Chevrolet) followed at 16.433/109.536.

Rookie Kyle Cattanach (No. 37 A Journey For 9/11 Chevrolet) was third at 16.500/109.091. Brian Ickler was fourth, followed by points leader Matt Kobyluck.

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NASCAR Drivers To Appear At Columbus Clippers Game Friday

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Four NASCAR developmental drivers will appear at the Columbus Clippers baseball game at Cooper Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, Aug. 22 in advance of Saturday’s doubleheader of racing action at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Park.

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News & Notes: Buckeye State Hosts Series Return To Short-Track Racing

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

Mansfield Motorsports Park hosts the NASCAR Camping World Series East’s return to short-track racing with the Mansfield 150 Saturday, August 23.

Following last week’s final road-course event of the season, many teams welcome the return to the more familiar ovals, especially the .500-mile short-track showcase in central Ohio.

“I’m excited to go back there,” said Eddie Mac Donald, (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet).

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Hirschman Tests with Gillette-Evernham

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

LOUDON, N.H. – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Matt Hirschman was on hand Tuesday at the open test session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and got behind the wheel of a NASCAR Camping World Series East car for the first time when he tested with Gillette-Evernham Motorsports.

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Dillon Eyes The Next Step

By Raygan Swan, NASCAR.com

Plans To Make Nationwide Debut At Richmond

Austin Dillon, grandson of championship-winning team owner Richard Childress, will make his Nationwide Series debut Sept. 5 at Richmond International Raceway.

The 18-year-old is competing for a championship in NASCAR's Camping World Series East Series and sits third in the point standings. His progression and victory earlier this year, however, prompted Richard Childress Racing to give Dillon a shot at making a Nationwide Series race.

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Rock And Roll For Kobyluck

By Official Release

LAKEVILLE, Conn. – Matt Kobyluck arrived at Lime Rock Park for the Mohegan Sun 200 Saturday afternoon carrying the NASCAR Camping World Series East points lead for the first time in two years. He added to that lead by posting his third staight win to more than double his lead. It was Kobyluck's fourth victory overall on the season.

Kobyluck led 41 of 82 laps in the No. 40 Mohegan Sun Chevrolet, and relaxed during a 75-minute rain delay 51 laps into the event.

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