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Umbanhauer, Plowman, Sanders & Beacham Earn National Titles

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — For four drivers, Friday morning brought a unique phone call.

Jared Umbanhauer, Jon Plowman, AJ Sanders and Donavan Beacham got the news from NASCAR that they were 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champions champions.

“That’s crazy,” said the 26-year-old Beacham. “It’s kind of unbelievable. I never really ran for a championship. I wasn’t trying to run for points at the beginning of the season. We started getting a little better, started moving up (in the points) and it just kind of blew up from there.”

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Anders Completes Journey To National Title

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Anthony Anders was sitting with friends in the grandstands off Turn 4 at historic Greenville Pickens Speedway when he got the itch to give this racing thing a try. Twenty years later, the Easley, South Carolina, driver has reached the pinnacle of short-track racing.

Anders is the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship.

The 43-year-old Anders accomplished the feat by leading the national points standings every week of the season and finishing with 30 wins, ninth most in a single season in the history of the series.

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Hunley Named Director of Weekly Racing

By Tom Bryant, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With a resume featuring more than 40 years in motorsports, Kenny Hunley is well acquainted with NASCAR’s short-track racing program. This week, the Kingsport, Tennessee, native was named the new NASCAR Director of Weekly Racing.

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From Hickory To Homestead

Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Josh Berry has a lot to be happy about and this week has been a good week for the 23-year-old native of Hendersonville, Tennessee.

He just won his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model division championship at Hickory Motor Speedway – and second overall – and announced he will be making his second career NASCAR Nationwide Series start in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Time Running Short For Contenders

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – While Anthony Anders is closing in on his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship, there remains plenty at stake as the 2014 season comes to a close.

Just two weekends remain to determine NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champions across the United States and Canada.

Champions will be crowned at each of the 58 NASCAR-sanctioned tracks across the United States and Canada, booking their tickets for Charlotte, North Carolina in December.

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Points Battles Going Down To The Wire

Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Heading in to the final month of the season for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, drivers from across the country are competing at tracks to win of the five coveted Division championships. 

The winner of the Division I national title will be rewarded once again with a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, to celebrate their championship during the annual NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards and this year the champion will have some company.

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Brooks Bounces Back To Win Kalamazoo Title

Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two weeks into the season and successfully defending his Kalamazoo Speedway Outlaw Super Late Model Division championship was the last thing on Mike “Bubba” Brooks’ mind.

“We opened the season with a win at Kalamazoo and obviously we felt pretty good about the start of our season,” Brooks said. “Then we went out and destroyed the car during the second race of the year and we pretty much had to start from scratch.”

While a new car can be a struggle, Brooks was able to adjust quickly thanks to help from his crew and sponsors.

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VanDyke Goes From Mines To Victory Lane

Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Fans who watch Kres VanDyke race each weekend at Kingsport Speedway probably have no idea what he goes through each week just to make it to the track.

Even VanDyke himself at times wonders how he does it, but so far he has been able to find a balance between family time with wife Erin, managing a challenging job and his performance on the race track. 

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Stricklin In Hunt For Track Championship

Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 28, 2014) – Born into a racing family, it would be easy to conclude that Taylor Stricklin was destined to be competing at a race track. 

With his dad, Hut, a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, and Donnie Allison, his granddad and legendary member of the Alabama Gang – driving a race car would only seem logical. But that wasn’t always the case with Taylor.

“I started racing go karts when I was little and I had a bad wreck and my mom said that was the end of it,” said Taylor. “So I took up another sport – basketball.”

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Bohn Celebrates Bowman Gray Championship

By Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Long recognized as is one of the most popular tracks in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, Bowman Gray Stadium added to its storied history last Saturday night crowning its 2014 modified track champion.

Since 1996, that prestigious honor has been the exclusive domain of Tim Brown (nine championships), Burt Myers (six) and Junior Miller (three of his six titles came during that span).

Now, Danny Bohn can add his name to that storied list.

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