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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Celebrates Its Champions

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 10, 2007) -- Steve Carlson already has a handful of NASCAR championship rings -- five to be exact -- but it was the one he received Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay that really provided a crowning moment from the 50-year-old driver from West Salem, Wisc.

"Each NASCAR championship is special to me," Carlson said. "But this is, by far, the biggest one yet."

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Carlson Flying High In Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Steve Carlson leaned back against the seat and exhaled.

"Man, I feel like I just finished a 300-lap race," Carlson said.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion spent Friday morning at Nellis Air Force Base as a guest of the U.S. Air Force. Carlson was treated to a ride in an F-16 that is part of the Air Force's world-famous Thunderbirds.

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