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Coleman Records Breakthrough Win

By Track Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's been an up and down season at Columbus Motor Speedway for 21-year-old Brandon Coleman, but he made history Saturday. Coleman became the first hearing-impaired driver to win a feature race at the long-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track. In only his ninth career start, Coleman drove to victory by holding off wily veteran Bill McElfresh in the 20-lap Crazy Compact division feature.
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King Makes History At Irwindale

By Official Release

King earns first win at Toyota; Harraka takes No. 6 at All American

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Drive for Diversity member Lindsey King won her first career NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature event on Saturday night at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. The 19-year-old King is the first female to win an Auto Club Late Model event at the half-mile oval.

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Ward Gets Championship Hopes Back On Track At Greenville-Pickens

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

Marty Ward can’t ever remember racing without his father. So when Maurice Ward passed away following a heart attack while racing at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C., in 2006, it nearly chased the younger Ward out of the sport.

“Last year, I just didn’t want to race,” Ward said. “I had a hard time going back to the race track. I just didn’t want to be there.”

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Points Battles For State And Provincial Titles Heat Up Across North America

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

The list of drivers who have won NASCAR U.S. state and Canadian provincial championships is a long and distinguished one, consisting of local legends as well as names like Morgan Shepherd, David Pearson, Jack Ingram, Ralph Earnhardt and Richie Evans.

The NASCAR tradition was resumed last year and champions from across North America were crowned at the season-ending banquet in Las Vegas. As the 2008 season heats up in the summer months, the state and provincial battles throughout the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series follow suit.

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Thiering Follows In Father’s Footsteps Into Hunt For NASCAR Championship

By Official Release

During Ron Thiering’s racing career, which stretches for nearly 30 years, daughter Erica was always around the track helping out. But she had never expressed a desire to follow his footsteps and get behind the wheel.

That changed three years ago, when she asked him about racing at the track the family operates, Edmonton International Raceway in Alberta, Canada.

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Harraka Dominant In Fifth Win

By Official Release

FELLOW D4D DRIVER BUMBERA FINISHES SECOND

Drive for Diversity member Paul Harraka scored his fifth win of the season Saturday night in the No. 16 Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Toyota at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif.

“It’s great to get win number five for Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Bill McAnally Racing, the Drive for Diversity program and all of our supporters,” said Harraka.

Harraka, 18, qualified fifth for the 50-lap feature and started on the pole after an invert of the top-five qualifiers.

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Lang Family In Hunt For NASCAR Titles

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

The Evergreen Speedway season hit its halfway point, and Naima and Jill Lang are halfway to history.

Naima Lang has won five of nine races in the track’s premier division, the Speedway Chevrolet Super Stock Series, and is the current point leader. He also leads the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Washington state standings. His wife, Jill, has a pair of wins in the Les Schwab Tires Bombers Division and is in the championship hunt for the track title as well.

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FOLLOW THE LEADER: JR Motorsports Late Model Program Picking Up Speed

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

It’s nothing new to have a car owner talk enthusiastically after one of their drivers visits Victory Lane for the first time. Of course, when that car owner is also one of the most popular drivers at auto racing’s highest level, and he’s doing the bragging about it to the movers and shakers of the sport, that takes it to a different level.
 
Curtis Truex Jr. remembers returning to the shop after he got his first Late Model win last season at Southern National Raceway Park in Kenly, N.C., and receiving congratulations from his car owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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Harris Chasing NASCAR Points Throughout The Hawkeye State

By Official Release

Brian Harris needed to make a decision: continue to chase points on a regional dirt-track circuit, or make a run at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship.

He had already missed the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season opener at West Liberty Raceway in Iowa. But his subsequent performance was good enough, even without that race, to have him thinking about what they could accomplish if they devoted all their attention to one goal.

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Columbus Track Matriarch Passes

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Motor Speedway track owner Barbara "Bobbie" Nuckles has passed away June 25 at age 77. Bobbie and her husband, Jim Nuckles, have been longtime track owners and their contributions to NASCAR have been invaluable.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nuckles Family," said Jim Hunter, Vice President of Corporate Communications for NASCAR.

The Nuckles family has owned the Columbus Motor Speedway since the 1940s and the track has been a longtime member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

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