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Arteaga Set For East Debut

Team Release

Jorge Arteaga did not stop working after his race last week at Puebla in the NASCAR Mexico Series.  That's because Arteaga needed to get ready for his U.S. debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire Friday.

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Henderson Scores Historic Win At Columbus

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Sloan Henderson celebrated her 18th birthday in historic style Saturday night. She became the first female to win a Late Model feature at Columbus Motor Speedway, the .333-mile asphalt oval in central Ohio which is in its 62nd season.

It still hasn’t set in for the Dayton Christian High School senior.

“It’s kind of hard to believe,” said Henderson. “For me to be able to win a race there is a huge honor. I’m just very grateful to be the first female to win.

“It was the best birthday ever.”

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CREW PROFILE: Melissa Hakes

A big part of any NASCAR driver and team are the crew members, who toil behind the scenes in preparing and maintaining the race cars. Throughout the season, we will profile many of these hard working men and women on the NASCAR Home Tracks website to let you see the job they do in the sport.
 
Today's profile features Melissa Hakes, fabricator and mechanic for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East No. 6 car driven by Darrell Wallace Jr.

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NOTEBOOK: Albarracin Ready For NASCAR

By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

LOUDON, N.H. -- Longtime NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team Fadden Racing announced Thursday afternoon that development driver Julian Camilo Albarracin will make his series debut next weekend on the road course at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.

Team owner Mike Olsen, who is fielding a car for Jonathan Smith in Saturday's New England 125, said he's looking forward to working with the 16-year-old driver from Colombia. Fadden Racing will enter Albarracin in Late Model events in New England as well as test extensively with the K&N Series cars.

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Drivers Wanted For Drive For Diversity

Official Release

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – The 909 Group, which manages the Drive for Diversity initiative, is now accepting applications from experienced drivers for the 2011 race season. This will mark the eighth season for NASCAR’s leading driver development program, which provides opportunities for minority and female drivers to compete in one of NASCAR’s premier developmental series.

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QUALIFYING: Gifford Gets First Pole

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Ryan Gifford continued Revolution Racing's historic first-year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

The 21-year-old from Winchester, Tenn., earned his first career Coors Light Pole Award Saturday with a lap of 20.561 seconds (92.097 mph) in qualifying for Sunday's UNOH Performance 200 at Martinsville Speedway. It was the first series pole for Revolution Racing and the NASCAR-supported Drive for Diversity initiative, and Gifford became the first African-American pole winner in series history.

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PRACTICE: Gifford Tops Field

Official Release

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. -- Ryan Gifford made a late run to the top of the practice charts at South Boston Speedway. Gifford's lap of 16.082 seconds in the second half of the final practice was the fastest around the .400-mile oval.

Gifford's speed of 89.541 beat out defending race winner Brett Moffitt's lap of 16.090 (89.497) in the second session.

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Wallace Makes Historic Debut

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Darrell Wallace Jr. made his debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East a memorable one.

Wallace pulled away from the field on a green-white-checkered finish to the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway to take the victory on Saturday night. He is the youngest driver and first African-American to win in series history. He gave Drive for Diversity its first East victory and third overall in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

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Drive For Diversity Introduces 2010 Driver Lineup

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Having just completed perhaps the program’s most exciting preseason to date, the 11-member 2010 Drive for Diversity Class was introduced Tuesday night at the Daytona 500 Experience’s IMAX Theater. This latest group of young, talented and diverse NASCAR drivers was announced for the first time during Speedweeks.

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PROFILE: Darrell Wallace Jr.

Official Release

Birth date: October 8, 1993
Hometown: Mobile, Ala.
Residence: Concord, N.C.

Darrell Wallace Jr., 16, still has a few months to wait before he can get his North Carolina driver’s license, but that doesn’t keep him from finding his way around the race track. Wallace, who lives in Concord, N.C., started racing when he was 9 years-old and has found plenty of success along the way.

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