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COLUMN: Family Ties Champions Together

By Travis Barrett, Special To NASCARHomeTracks.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's had the Frances, the Pearsons, the Earnhardts and the Labontes.

NASCAR has long been about family, something the sport worked hard to promote almost from its inception. In recent years, as the sport has boomed, it's no secret that NASCAR's traditional fan base felt a shift away from those values as things came more "corporate."

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NOTEBOOK: Long Journey For Quiroga

By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Even after NASCAR began sanctioning the NASCAR Mexico Series in 2007, German Quiroga wondered if he'd ever make the trip to championship week.

In that first year under the NASCAR banner, Quiroga won four races but finished second in the most important one -- the final event of the season -- only to lose the championship by a single point. In 2008, Quiroga entered the final event with a sizeable lead atop the standings only to encounter trouble in that race and lose the championship a second time.

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Santos Wins Karting Showdown

By Tim Southers, NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bobby Santos added another title to his racing resume Wednesday.

Santos, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, came from the rear of the field to win the Third Annual NASCAR Champions/Media Showdown at Victory Lane Indoor Karting in Charlotte on Wednesday.

“It was a lot of fun racing with those guys,” said Santos, who started 13th in the 14-kart field. “It was interesting coming up through the field and made it a lot of fun. I want to thank NASCAR and all the media for putting this on, it was a lot of fun.”

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CHAMPION PROFILE: Santos Fits Right In

Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

It’s well documented by this point what transpired as winter broke in New England and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season approached. Reigning titlist Donny Lia departed Bob Garbarino’s Mystic Missile Racing team for a shot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the famed No. 4 seat became vacant.

Who would Garbarino tab to be Lia’s successor? Would the “Mystic Missile” even return to defend the championship? Those questions were answered when Massachusetts native Bobby Santos answered the phone.

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CHAMPION CAR OWNER PROFILE: Bob Garbarino

Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

One of the most successful and respected team owners in the touring series ranks, Bob Garbarino continues to build on his legacy in NASCAR Modified racing.

Garbarino’s No. 4 “Mystic Missile” Dodge is as synonymous with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour as a number like the Wood Brothers 21 is in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Mystic, Conn., businessman began fielding a Modified in NASCAR competition in 1962, and has been a part of the New England racing scene ever since.

The competition and the style of racing is what has kept Garbarino coming back through the years.

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CHAMPION CREW CHIEF PROFILE: Bob Mueller

Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

At the sport’s pinnacle, Chad Knaus has earned five consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles as crew chief for driver Jimmie Johnson. Similarly, in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Bob Mueller has called the shots for three of the last four championship-winning teams for car owner Bob Garbarino and Mystic Missile Racing.

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2010 Champions Carry On Legacy Of Pioneers

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – DJ Kennington doesn’t even hesitate when he’s asked what it means to him to be a NASCAR champion.

“It means everything to me,” said Kennington, the 2010 champion of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1. “It’s what I’ve tried to do for as long as I could remember.

“I always watched the Daytona 500, and then the Cup races on Sundays, and I always wanted to be there. And now that I can actually say I’m a NASCAR champion is pretty cool.”

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CHAMPION CAR OWNER PROFILE: Bob Garbarino

Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

One of the most successful and respected team owners in the touring series ranks, Bob Garbarino continues to build on his legacy in NASCAR Modified racing.

Garbarino’s No. 4 “Mystic Missile” Dodge is as synonymous with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour as a number like the Wood Brothers 21 is in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Mystic, Conn., businessman began fielding a Modified in NASCAR competition in 1962, and has been a part of the New England racing scene ever since.

The competition and the style of racing is what has kept Garbarino coming back through the years.

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Destination Charlotte

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With the culmination of the NASCAR season looming at the end of the week, track promoters, drivers and officials are preparing to descend on Charlotte, N.C., for the celebration of the outstanding achievements in 2010.

Keith Rocco of Wallingford, Conn., will be in the spotlight Friday, Dec. 10 at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet, where he will be officially presented with the championship trophy for his first national title.

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RYRE To Supply SPEC Engine Program

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR has announced that Robert Yates Racing Engines has been named the exclusive supplier of the NASCAR-Approved Spec Engine.

The engine, which was introduced in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in 2006 as an optional means for managing costs and providing teams with additional opportunities to compete, is also available for use in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours, and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. It is also an option for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams at select tracks.

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