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Ohio Gov. Kasich Honors State Champ Braden

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — North America’s top NASCAR Whelen All-American Series rookie driver for 2011 received more accolades recently in Columbus, Ohio.

Travis Braden, 17, was congratulated for his 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Ohio championship by Gov. John Kasich in the Ohio Statehouse.

Braden also won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national Rookie of the Year Award presented by Jostens last season.

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Gov. Sandoval Honors Champ Natenstedt

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Shawn Natenstedt enjoyed a career-high success in 2011 and his celebration was topped off recently recognition by the Nevada Governor's office.

Natenstedt, 34, of Fernley, Nev., traveled to the state capital in Carson City to accept personal congratulations from Gov. Brian Sandoval.

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Herbst's Title Honored By Gov. Walker

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — J. Herbst received what he called one of the greatest honors of his racing career recently when he spent time with his state’s governor courtesy of his 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Wisconsin championship.
 
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker welcomed Herbst to the State House in Madison to congratulate the driver on his state title.

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Falk Finds His Way Home

Tim Southers, NASCAR

South Boston, Va. – After finishing second last year, C.E. Falk thought about this race all winter and knew he wanted to get his 2012 season off to a good start at South Boston.

Mission accomplished.

Falk led the final 110 laps of the NASCAR Whelen All-American 300 presented by Danville Toyota Late Model Stock race Saturday at South Boston Speedway and picked up his first win in the prestigious special event at South Boston Speedway.

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Hickory's LeFevers Ready To Defend Title

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 61st season of NASCAR racing at historic Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway begins Saturday night. The kick-off event is highlighted by a 100-lap main event for its Bojangles Late Model Stock Car division.

Hickory is one of four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks opening for the 2012 season on Saturday, March 10. By month’s end 13 of 55 series tracks will be open.

Jesse LeFevers won his first Hickory Late Model division championship last year. As the new season begins, the 24-year-old driver’s focus is on winning races.

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Champion Rodgers Visits Maine Gov. LePage

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Beech Ridge Motor Speedway champion Bill Rodgers topped off his career-best racing season in Maine’s state capital recently.

Gov. Paul R. LePage congratulated Rodgers on winning the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state championship. The two were joined by Rodgers’ wife Kim in the Governor’s Cabinet Room of the Maine State House in Augusta.

Rodgers also won the NASCAR Pro Series division track championship at the .333-mile paved oval in Scarborough. Both titles were career firsts for Rodgers, 47, of Old Orchard Beach.

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Whelen All-American Season Takes Green

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Three distinctive NASCAR short tracks open the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season Saturday, Mar. 3.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. The trio of tracks are the first to host official NASCAR point races this year. They are:

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Quebec’s Circuit ICAR Joins Weekly Series

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A ground-breaking Canadian road course opens a new chapter in international NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history in May.

Circuit ICAR, a revolutionary multifaceted motorsports facility in Mirabel, Quebec will host night-time NASCAR road-course racing.

The Circuit ICAR complex is located 20 minutes north of Montreal, and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing is scheduled for Friday nights on a bi-weekly basis starting May 18.

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Waterford's Denton Set A New Standard

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The youngest race winner in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history surprised even himself in 2011.

NASCAR rookie Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, R.I., was 14 years, five months, 10 days of age when he won his first career Mini Stock feature at Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl on August 20 last year. He won his division’s Rookie of the Year Award and finished 12th in track points. With a win, two top-fives and 11 top-10s in 19 starts, he placed 65th in the NASCAR Finalist Division IV pavement standings.

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Diversity Accomplishments Celebrated

By Leslie Maxie, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR celebrated the outstanding achievements of ground-breaking individuals and organizations in the area of diversity at the fifth annual NASCAR Diversity Awards Luncheon Wednesday.

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