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Rocco Gets To Know Conn. Governor

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Keith Rocco received double congratulations from Conn. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently.

Gov. Malloy invited to Rocco, 29, of Wallingford, Conn., to his state capitol office in Hartford on Jan. 24. He congratulated the driver on his sixth consecutive NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state championship. He also congratulated Rocco on the birth of his first child, Keith “K.J.” Rocco, who arrived on Jan. 3. The baby was born on Rocco’s 29th birthday.

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Hickory Champ McDaniel Evaluating 2014

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Austin McDaniel maintained his level of success at a challenging and historic NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track in 2013. He won his second consecutive NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model track championship at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

McDaniel, 24, of Harrisburg, N.C., is evaluating his plans for 2014. He’s wants to maintain success at Hickory, but wants to gain more experience and step-up his results at other tracks.

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NASCAR D4D Selects 2014 Class

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D), the leading youth development program for multicultural and female drivers, will head into the 2014 season with one of the most well-rounded and accomplished rosters in program history.

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Clouser Wins First New Smyrna NASCAR Title

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Rich Clouser won the inaugural NASCAR Super Late Model track championship at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in 2013 and he’s already two races into the track’s 2014 schedule and getting ready for more.

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Falk Continues To Contend

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — C.E. Falk III worked through challenges and variables during the 2013 season and still produced NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship results.

Falk, 26, of Virginia Beach, Va., won his fourth NASCAR Late Model Stock Car track championship at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. He also raced part-time at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. He’s been a top-10 finisher in the series’ national standings for five consecutive years and placed eighth in 2013.

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New Era For Motordrome

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — New owners will open Motordrome Speedway’s 25th season of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series affiliation on May 2.

The half-mile paved oval in Smithton, Pa., was purchased this month by Todd and Melissa Melfi. It will be operated by their corporate entity, Turn 4 Entertainment Inc. The track is located 20 minutes south of Pittsburgh within the city’s metropolitan area population of 2.3 million.

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Pendleton Repeats As Columbus Champ

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Chad Pendleton repeated as Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway’s Late Model division champion in 2013, but placed second to Bobby Justus in the state point race. He won both NASCAR Whelen All-American Series titles in 2012.

The comparison of the two seasons now motivates Pendleton to excel in 2014. His team expands this year with the intent of again being a factor in the track and state point races. They’ve been racing fulltime at Columbus and making about three starts a year at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia, Ohio.

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Larson Adds To Championship Total

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Brent Larson topped his 20th year of racing in 2013 with a fourth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series dirt Late Model title at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.

Larson, 37, of Lake Elmo, Minn., debuted a new Larry Shaw Race Cars chassis last year that included a lot of his own personal touches.

“I feel like the last two or three years I’ve been building by trial and error as my own (research and development) program. Last year I took all the things we learned and built them into a chassis myself,” Larson said.

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Skora Returns To Triumph At Holland

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A veteran driver completed an unusual championship combination in 2013. He won consecutive NASCAR Division I championships at two tracks in different divisions over two seasons.

George Skora III, 28, of Eden, N.Y., won the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Pro Modified division championship at his home track, Holland (N.Y.) Motorsports Complex. The title followed his 2012 NASCAR Late Model division championship at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pa. The division was discontinued at Lake Erie at the end of 2012.

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NASCAR Returns To Anderson

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR championship race for South Carolina got a little more competitive over the weekend. NASCAR and Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway announced Saturday at the track's 2013 Champion’s Dinner and Awards Presentation that the .375-mile semi-banked oval will join the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2014.

The return of Anderson gives the state three ovals that host Late Model Stock Cars as their top division.

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