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News & Notes: Rip, Roaring And Ready To Go For The Showdown

By Official Release

Rip Michels knows one thing: There’s going to be a party after the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. He just hopes he’s in the middle of it all.

“We want that Showdown really bad,” said Michels. “I’ve led laps there. I feel like I’m always in contention but at the end of the night, it’s always somebody else walking out with the girl and I’m sitting there pretty bummed out.”

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Bodine Earns Whelen Bobsled Title

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Todd Bodine carried over his success from Saturday’s qualifying round to the finals as he earned his first Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge championship Sunday at the Olympic Sports Complex.

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Todd Bodine Fastest Qualifier At Fourth Annual Bobsled Challenge

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran Todd Bodine put his experience in a bobsled to good use Saturday evening when he turned in the fastest time in qualifying for the Fourth Annual Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge at the Olympic Sports Complex.

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NASCAR Drivers To Hit The Sleds This Weekend In Lake Placid

By Official Release

The Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge is set to take place Jan. 2-4 in Lake Placid, N.Y., with a host of NASCAR drivers lined up for the fourth annual event.

Recently-crowned NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Johnny Benson heads a list of six NASCAR drivers set to slide into bobsleds this weekend. Todd Bodine, Joey Logano, Brian Loftin, Philip Morris and Boris Said will round out the NASCAR contingent.

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Two Days Of Action-Packed Competition Slated For Showdown

By Official Release

The sixth edition of the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown will feature two days of exciting action among some of the nation’s greatest short-track drivers in NASCAR Camping World Series and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition.

The prestigious postseason event, the ‘Daytona 500 of short-track racing,’ is slated for Jan. 23-24, 2009 at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.).

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Barkshire Hopes For Perfect Finish

By Kevin Green, NASCAR

Jeff Barkshire reached a lot of goals as a race driver in 2008. He captured his first Coors Light Pole Award in NASCAR Camping World Series West competition at the combination event at Iowa Speedway in May. He scored his first career win in the series at Evergreen Speedway in July. And he was honored as with the Sunoco Rookie of the Year during the championship awards banquet in Sacramento, Calif., in November.

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Reuvers Honored In St. Paul

By Official Release

Donny Reuvers is no stranger to short-track honors in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

The Dundas, Minn., driver is a former regional champion in NASCAR’s weekly series. In 2008, he earned his fourth consecutive Super Late Model championship at Elko Speedway and captured his second straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Minnesota state championship. Recently, Reuvers’ achievements were recognized by Governor Tim Pawlenty in a visit to the state capitol in St. Paul.

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Adams County Shifts Management For Its 25th All-American Season

By Official Release

A cornerstone track of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will celebrate its silver anniversary of NASCAR sanctioning with a shift in management in 2009.

Adams County Speedway, a .500-mile black clay oval in Corning, Iowa will be operated by the Adams County Fair and Racing Association (ACFRA) and promoted by KMA Regional Radio.

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Park Jefferson Speedway Returns To Whelen All-American Series

By Official Release

Park Jefferson Speedway is returning to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Track promoter Dennis Moore announced during a press conference Thursday that the Jefferson, S.D., track will return to NASCAR sanctioning for the 2009 season.

“We like NASCAR for what they have to offer, for the points fund, and all the advantages that are there for the driver,” said Moore. “You put it all together and it’s going to be great.”

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Gafforini Honored In Las Vegas

By Official Track Release

LAS VEGAS – Scott Gafforini will get his trophy for being the track champion at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Bullring this Saturday night. But Tuesday morning, the two-time champion received praise from Nevada’s highest-ranking citizen.

Gov. Jim Gibbons met with Gafforini, who also won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Nevada state championship, in the governor’s Las Vegas office.

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