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Zacharias Continues Championship Run

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jimmy Zacharias’ past success at Chemung Speedrome has elevated his expectations to the point that winning 40-percent of this year’s modified races qualified as just okay.

“It wasn’t bad,” Zacharias said of his latest championship season at the .375-mile oval located in the hills of New York’s Southern Tier. “It wasn’t as good as the previous four, but it was still good.”

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Pulliam Nets Virginia State, Motor Mile Titles

Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — For most NASCAR drivers, a 2014 résumé with 25 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins, a track crown at Motor Mile Speedway and Virginia state title would be something to be ecstatic about, but then again, most drivers aren’t Lee Pulliam.

Pulliam, who was the two-time defending NWAAS champion, finished in the top three in the final national standings for the fourth consecutive year. This time, however, Pulliam came up 12 points shy of what could have been a record-setting third straight national title.

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Ursetta Achieves Childhood Dream

By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dominic Ursetta has been dreaming about winning at Colorado National Speedway since he was a little boy.

"I use to pray that I would get the chance to race there when I was little," said Ursetta of the track in his hometown of Dacona, Colorado. "It's an honor to race on my home track alongside some of the people I used to watch."

In 2014, the 26-year-old took that dream a step further: He won the Gillet Vet Clinic Super Late Model Division championship in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track's top division.

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Carlson Adds Two More Titles To Resume

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The genesis of Steve Carlson’s 2014 title run originated not too long after his 2013 season came to a close.

“After winning it last year, my car owner and me talked about it,” said the 57-year-old West Salem, Wisconsin, driver. “And we said we’d like to do it again.

“And luckily we pulled it off.”

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Edwards Crowned Langley Champion

Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Greg Edwards always wanted to race at Langley Speedway, and judging by his recent success it is not hard to understand why he continues to feel that way.

Edwards has been going to the track since he was five years old and being familiar with the .4-mile oval has paid dividends for the Poquoson, Virginia, native.

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Patnode Procures First Granite State Title

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Two weeks before the 2014 season began, New Hampshire modified driver Todd Patnode had no ride and no tangible plan for what would come next. Little did he know, the best season of his racing career was on the horizon.

Patnode captured his fifth career a Monadnock Speedway championship, and first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series New Hampshire state crown.

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Grassroots Ties Aplenty With Chase Finalists

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Denny Hamlin’s first NASCAR championship was earned in a mini stock at Langley Speedway in his native Virginia. Seventeen years later, he’s positioned to reach the pinnacle of the profession.

Hamlin’s start in stock car racing began in the entry-level divisions of local weekly racing tracks like Langley in the late 1990s. By the early 2000s he had moved up to the feature division late model stocks and started to venture out beyond his Chesterfield, Virginia, home base.

Success followed everywhere he went.

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Gafforini Garners Third Nevada Crown

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Nevada NASCAR champion Scott Gafforini and Major League Baseball’s crown-bearing San Francisco Giants don’t have much in common on the surface, but there’s at least one striking similarity.

The Giants have gained an anecdotal reputation as being the team to beat in even numbered years. They won the World Series in 2010, `12 and again this October. Gafforini is following a similar path as the 2008, `12 and current NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion of Nevada.

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Sellers Celebrates Track Title

Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Peyton Sellers knows a thing or two about winning races and championships. His performance during the 2014 season proved that once again for the long-time and very successful short track racer.

Sellers, a native of Danville, Virginia, and 2005 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion, picked up another trophy for his display case in September after winning the track championship at nearby South Boston Speedway.

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Preece Collects Second Thompson Title

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The championships just keep coming for Ryan Preece, who drove his Sunoco Modified to a second NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track title at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in 2014.

It marked the fourth year in a row that the Berlin, Connecticut, driver earned a NASCAR championship. He wore the Stafford Motor Speedway crown in 2011, followed by his first Thompson title in 2012, and a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship came in 2013.

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