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For Philip Morris, his family is never far from his thoughts – whether he’s in his race car or Victory Lane.
That’s why this year’s NASCAR Home Tracks television commercial campaign – which debuted during the 2009 DIRECTV Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway – was so meaningful for him. Morris, the 2006 and 2008 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion, and his family were the centerpiece of the spot titled “Lifting.”
The two spots in the campaign were previewed for track promoters during their visit to Daytona.> More
Ross Kenseth is a 15-year-old high school basketball player who knows how to win on the court and on the track. The Spring Valley, Ill., teenager is also the son of the 2009 Daytona 500 champion Matt Kenseth. And like his father, Ross likes to compete, he likes to race, and he enjoys winning.> More
Thunder Raceway in Show Low, Ariz., returns to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series this year.
The .250-mile clay oval is located in the east central Arizona’s Mogollon Rim, known as a forested resort area. The track was forced to leave the series in 2002 due to savage forest fires. One fire of historic proportions burned for weeks and consumed almost 500,000 acres impacting Show Low and the surrounding region.
The track returns to the series in 2009, and continues to be operated by Bob and Janet Livingston.> More
NASCAR Home Track promoters from across North America opened their 2009 season with a trip to Daytona International Speedway. A variety of activities were held during the DirecTV Speedweeks leading up to the 51st running of the Daytona 500.> More
New rewards and recognition are available to first-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series featured division license holders this year. A new Rookie of the Year Award program will determine top rookie performers in each state and province. From those winners, a North American Rookie of the Year will be named.
To be eligible to compete for the award, drivers must be a first-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series featured division license holder.> More
The first Canadian weekly track to become NASCAR-sanctioned in 2004 returns to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series this year.
Recent ownership and management consolidation at Delaware Speedway in London, Ontario, has allowed track operator Arlen Scherba, to return the half-mile, paved, banked oval to the NASCAR family.
Delaware Speedway operates on Friday nights, creating a two-track weekly NASCAR circuit with Barrie Speedway, which is also in Ontario. By competing at both tracks, the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Ontario champion would receive $4,000.> More
Butch and Linda Erickson spent the first week of February in Daytona Beach getting a first-hand look at what NASCAR has to offer its track promoters. The Ericksons, owners of Superior (Wisc.) Speedway, took part in the activities and meetings during DIRECTV Speedweeks that NASCAR hosts.
Beginning with its 2009 season, the .375-mile red clay oval located in the northwestern corner of Wisconsin near Lake Superior, will be part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.> More
A gleaming new state-of-the-art short track located in northeast Louisiana has joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Monroe Motor Speedway, a .375-mile concrete oval banked at 12 degrees, embarks on its first full season with NASCAR sanction on March 7. The track hosted initial events late last year to prepare for 2009.
The announcement was made at Monroe City Hall Thursday morning.> More
CONCORD, N.C. – The Drive for Diversity initiative continues to move forward in 2009 with an expanded driver lineup and a new management group. Twelve drivers will participate in the sixth season of Drive for Diversity -- four in the Camping World Series and eight in the Whelen All-American Series. In addition, former Dale Earnhardt Inc. president Max Siegel and his new marketing and entertainment company, 909 Group, will take over day-to-day management of the initiative (read more).> More
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As the engines fire up at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, race fans from coast to coast will be able to tune in to all the action of the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. For the first time, NASCAR’s premier short-track racing event will air live on SIRIUS XM Radio.> More