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Helliwell Takes Home First Championship

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - New Hampshire’s Helliwell family is well known for winning races in championships in the Northeast and this year another Helliwell added his name to the record books.

Dave Helliwell, from Pelham, New Hampshire, captured the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I super modified track championship at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway this year during his rookie season in the class. 

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Smith Makes History At Dominion Raceway

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - When a race track opens its doors for the first time, there are always a lot of firsts to be had. 

The first pole winner, the first feature winner and perhaps most importantly, the first track champion.

At Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Virginia, Nick Smith can proudly say he was the first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I champion in the history of the new .4-mile oval that hosted its inaugural season of racing in 2016.

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East Carolina


Qualifying Record:
Burt Myers, 14.612 seconds (92.333 mph), Sept. 11, 2016


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Pollard Celebrates First Win of 2017

By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. – Bubba Pollard kicked-off the 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season with a celebration in Victory Lane Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway.

Pollard won the 31st Red Eye Super Late Model 100 after an intense finish with New Smyrna’s 2016 champion Brad May at the end of the 100-lap feature. 

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Scully Finally Seals Deal At Seekonk

By Kyle Souza, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Late in the 2015 Seekonk Speedway Pro Stock season, Tom Scully Jr. was in the middle of an intense championship battle with young rising star Angelo Belsito.

After a fight right down to the final laps, he came up short of winning the championship. But it was nothing that Scully wasn't used to. For the better part of the past decade, he had felt the same frustration each year.

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CHAMPION'S PROFILE: Bowling Rolls To Title

By Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Fourteen. That was the amount of races that Matt Bowling originally intended to run in 2016.

He had no plans of chasing the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National championship and by no means expected to run nearly 50 races at eight different race tracks in four states.

Sometimes, however, plans change for the better.

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Nelson Makes History At Meridian

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - At just 20 years old, Colton Nelson did something this year that no other driver has ever done at Meridian Speedway in Idaho.

Nelson, a native of Meridian, Idaho, become the first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I track champion in the history of the quarter-mile asphalt oval this year. 

The track, which has been in operation since 1951 and was paved in 1963, joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series prior to this season. Nelson’s father, Adam, is also the general manager of Meridian Speedway.

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Shook Takes Home Kalamazoo Crown

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - In 2015, Mark Shook entered the season finale at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Speedway as the points leader and it appeared he would be celebrating his first track championship.

Unfortunately, a crash not of his doing on lap three of the 100-lap season finale cost Shook what should have been his first championship. Instead, it was Mike Brooks who captured the track championship in the Division I outlaw super late model class as Shook ended the year a disappointing third.

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Bowling Joins Ranks of Elite With National Title

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Matt Bowling grew up watching drivers like Peyton Sellers, Philip Morris and Lee Pulliam gain national prominence with their Late Model Stock Car success. Then the Ridgeway, Virginia, driver gained knowledge racing against those greats.

This season, Bowling joined their legendary ranks.

The 22-year-old took the stage in the Grand Ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center / NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday to accept the biggest award in short-track racing as the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I national champion.

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McCarty Comes Out On Top At Kingsport

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The battle for the track championship at Tennessee’s Kingsport Speedway came down to the wire, but in the end it was a familiar face who emerged as champion this year.

Kingsport’s own Ronnie McCarty captured his second-straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship at the Tennessee .375-mile concrete oval, winning the title by a scant four points over rival Zeke Shell.

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