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Bowling Shines In Special Events

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model driver Matt Bowling excels in special events.

Last month he won the 200-lap Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. In 2012 he won the prestigious Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., and took the late model track championship at South Boston. In 2013 he had top-10 finishes in the late model portion of the UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway and the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

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Support Divisions Go For National Titles

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  — NASCAR national championships will be determined in NASCAR weekly racing support divisions for the first time this year.

The new NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division II-V Championship program rolls out this week. Today’s first weekly posting of the support division national point standings will introduce the new structure.

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Sergi Up To Speed At New Smyrna

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Florida’s top rookie of 2013 continues his quest for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race wins this year.

Anthony Sergi, 18, of Geneva, Fla., has 10 NASCAR super late model starts in the books so far in 2014 at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway with seven of those starts came during the track’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in February.

While his best finish is fifth, he believes his race car is now adjusted to perfection.

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NWAAS Div. I Points: Anders Takes Over

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season hits high gear this week with a new national point leader.

Anthony Anders, of Easley, S.C., leads the debut of the 2014 weekly points standings updates. The 43-year-old displaces fellow pavement late model driver and two-time defending national champion Lee Pulliam from the No. 1 spot.

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Big Rockford Goals For Jon Reynolds Jr.

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jon Reynolds Jr. has been one of Rockford (Ill.) Speedway’s most consistent NASCAR late model drivers for a decade. This year he hopes to break through for his first track championship at the quarter-mile high-banked paved oval.

Reynolds placed second or third in the track point race every year since joining the late model ranks in 2005. The narrowest runner-up finish was 11 points behind 2010 track champ Tim Sargent. He placed third behind champion Alex Papini and runner-up Jerry Gille in 2013.

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Tucson Re-Joins Whelen All-American Series

Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A historic Arizona short track and NASCAR have reunited.

Tucson Speedway, a .375-mile paved oval, is the seventh track to join the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for 2014.With different configurations and names, the track was previously NASCAR-sanctioned from 1987-2008.

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Generations Gather At Holland

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A mainstay New York NASCAR short track opens its 55th season in May. Holland (N.Y.) Motorsports Complex, a .375-mile paved banked oval, was a founding member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 1982 and is one of 15 series tracks opening in May.

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Bowling Strikes Late At South Boston

Adam Hainsfurther, Danville Register & Bee Sports

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — Matt Bowling came away victorious during Thursday’s Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston Speedway.

Bowling had to fight off Matt Waltz, who led the first 195 laps of the race, for the win. Nick Smith finished third.

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Virginia Governor Welcomes National Champ

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two-time defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam began a busy week Monday with a visit to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office in Richmond.

McAuliffe congratulated Pulliam on his 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship. Pulliam was accompanied on the visit by Richmond International Raceway president Dennis Bickmeier.

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Henderson Confident, Ready For LaCrosse

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Matt Henderson is one of those guys at the track who quietly gets the job done. If his name comes up in conversation at LaCrosse (Wis.) Fairgrounds Speedway, fans might chat about the immaculate appearance of his race car before discussing his most recent race. Henderson performs well, wins once or twice a year and has been a championship contender.

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