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Lia Returns To Mystic Missile Racing

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s hard to argue with history, and in 2012 a pairing that is already two-for-two, will give it a go at another NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title.

Bob Garbarino, owner of the Mystic Missile Racing No. 4 Dodge, announced today that driver Donny Lia will return behind the wheel for a third season with the team. Lia piloted the “Mystic Missile” to the Whelen Modified Tour championship in each of his two previous years with the team in 2007 and 2009.

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BRE Teams With Rocco For 2012 Tour Season

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Boehler Racing Enterprises has announced that it will team with 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion driver Keith Rocco to pilot the No. 3 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

This will be the first full-time Whelen Modified Tour ride for Rocco, from Wallingford, Conn. A multi-time champion in the weekly Modified divisions at a trio of Whelen All-American Series short tracks in Connecticut, Rocco has racked up more than 100 career victories. He has earned four-straight Connecticut state titles.

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Short Track Stars To Light Up Daytona

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The bright lights of the “World Center of Racing” will shine on the stars of NASCAR’s regional and touring series, as NASCAR announced today Daytona International Speedway will host the inaugural “UNOH Battle At The Beach” on Feb. 18-19, 2013.

The two-days of racing will be headlined by three non-points special events: the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified tours, and the Late Model division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

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Evans Rode Orange Chariot Into History

By Owen A. Kearns, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Richard Ernest “Richie” Evans certainly was the face of NASCAR – and modified racing – in the northeast, winning an estimated 475 times in approximately 1,300 starts. It equates to a win in every three starts (a 36.5% clip), something unheard of in modern racing at any level.

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Final Look Back At 2011

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With the 2012 race season just around the corner, a final look at 2011 is now available.

For those unable to attend the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet and/or NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards Gala held last December in the Grand Ballroom of the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center within the NASCAR Hall of Fame complex, here is an opportunity to view these tremendous events. Or, perhaps, those in attendance would like to relive the many magical moments.

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The Evans Legacy Still Lives

By David Caraviello, NASCAR.com

The first time Jimmy Spencer met Richie Evans was at Martinsville Speedway in 1979. Spencer was a 22-year-old just beginning to branch out from his native Pennsylvania, while the often unbeatable Evans was at the height of his career as King of the Modifieds. An asphalt track had recently opened near Spencer's hometown, and the younger driver wanted to know how to procure old racing tires that he could sell to make some extra cash. Nobody would know better than Evans, so Spencer worked up the nerve to introduce himself to the godfather of NASCAR's oldest touring division.

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Funeral Arrangements Set for Hill

By Jason Cunningham & Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Funeral services and visitation plans have been announced for Roger Hill, owner of the No. 79 and No. 19 cars in the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Southern Modified Tours. Hill passed away Thursday following a brief illness.

The family will receive friends at Moody's funeral home, located at 202 W. Blue Ridge Street in Stuart, Va., from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday.

The funeral will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at Stateline Primitive Babtist Church located at 1060 Hillbilly Hollow in Westfield, N.C.

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Year In Review: Whelen Modified Tour

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

The 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship was once again decided in the closing laps of the season as Ron Silk held off Todd Szegedy in a wild season finale at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway, but there was plenty of action throughout the season.

Let’s take one final look back at some of the top stories of the 2011 campaign, the 27th in Whelen Modified Tour history.

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VIDEOS: 2011 NASCAR Champions

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Videos from the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet and 2011 NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards Gala.

NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards Gala opening video: Narrated by Trevor Bayne: WATCH

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Max Gresham: WATCH | NASCAR K&N Pro Series East montage: WATCH

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Whelen Modified Tour Schedule Announced

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today the 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule that will feature traditional dates at some of the premier short tracks and speedways in the northeast.

In its 28th season of competition, the Whelen Modified Tour will see the 14-race slate spread across seven tracks in four states. New to the schedule in 2012 will be a return to Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl.

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