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Touring Series Champions Honored

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR history was recognized and its future celebrated Saturday evening as seven champions in NASCAR’s touring series were honored at the Night of Champions Touring Awards at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The ceremony featured the champions and top drivers from the regional touring series in North America and Europe, who gathered for the special year-end event. It’s the first season a driver from Europe has been honored at the event.

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2013 Whelen Modified Schedule Announced

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today the 2013 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 2013 will be a special event as part of Speedweeks at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and a second date at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway.

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Larson Takes Champions Karting Crown

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kyle Larson handled the elements and the competition on Wednesday to win the Fifth Annual NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series Champions/Media Karting Challenge as Champions Week got into full swing.

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CHAMPION PROFILE: Dream Season For Coby

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

It was a dream season for Doug Coby, who six weeks after hoisting the championship trophy for the first time, still struggles to put to words what it means to be known as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion.

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CHAMPION CAR OWNER: Wayne Darling

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

Wayne Darling has been around auto racing his entire life. He grew up going to the race track with his father, who was a driver. But the 59-year-old has never felt that success in racing should take priority over personal life.

A veteran owner of touring series teams that first competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, and now the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Darling’s cars had never completed a full season prior to 2012. It was just too much to ask of his crew members.

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CHAMPION CREW CHIEF: John McKenna

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

The driver gets all of the attention, and the owner gets the credit for fielding the operation, but often it is the crew chief that is the heart of a racing team.

That couldn’t be more true than in the case of Darling Racing’s leading man: John McKenna.

When faced with a decision as to whether to start competing in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour back in 2005, team owner Wayne Darling asked McKenna what he thought.

When a decision was on the table as to whether to step up their part-time operation for a full season in 2012, Darling left it up to McKenna.

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Record Voting Decides Most Popular Drivers

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There was a record turnout this year on NASCARHomeTracks.com as fans made their selection for the Most Popular Driver Awards in each of the NASCAR touring series with four of the seven winners racing with rookie designation this season.

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Locked In Spots Finalized for Inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Eight NASCAR champions head a list of drivers that have earned locked-in spots in the field fields at the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach on Feb. 18-19 at Daytona International Speedway.

The UNOH Battle At The Beach features two nights of racing with NASCAR K&N Pro Series, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series on the .4-mile oval on the backstretch.

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Most Popular Driver Balloting Remains Open

By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – While the championship battles have been settled in four of the seven NASCAR regional touring series, the winner for each of the series’ Most Popular Driver Award are still very much up for grabs.

Most Popular Driver voting has already surpassed last year’s record level – with more than 140,000 votes cast online at NASCAR.com since balloting opened in August.

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Rocco Earns Sunoco Rookie Of The Year

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Keith Rocco has been named the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award winner in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Rocco, from Wallingford, Conn., recorded five top-10 finishes in eight starts during the season. He posted an average finish of 13th with a best result of third place in the Spring Sizzler at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on April 29.

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