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Shepherd Sweeps Ontario Titles

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A veteran driver credits teamwork for scoring his first dual NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championships.

Gord Shepherd, 34, of Hawkestone, Ontario, won the 2013 provincial championship and Barrie (Ontario) Speedway’s NASCAR Limited Late Model track championship. He previously won the track title in 2009.

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VIDEOS: 2013 NASCAR Champions

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Videos from the 2012 NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards. Click on the photo to view the video. 

NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards Open

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Aramendia Adds To Championship Totals

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Veteran Texas driver Joe Aramendia added to his impressive NASCAR Whelen All-American Series records this year.

Aramendia, 50, of Seguin, Texas, near San Antonio, won his sixth career NASCAR Division I track championship and fourth NASCAR state championship in 2013. At Houston Motorsports Park he won his fourth track title.

“I’ve been blessed to be able to have this level of success,” Aramendia said. “It couldn’t be done without a great team and sponsor support.”

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McCaskill A Proven Contender

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Deac McCaskill was among the elite as a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship contender in 2013.

McCaskill was the primary challenger and eventual point race runner-up to national champion Lee Pulliam. McCaskill built his way from a 99-point deficit in May to a tie for the national point lead in July. Pulliam then carved out small point gains while McCaskill kept applying pressure. Pulliam topped the final standings by just 16 points, 30 less than his margin over runner-up Keith Rocco in 2012.

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Beasley Rebuilds Into Championship Form

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jay Beasley’s road to becoming a 2013 NASCAR champion was arduous. His achievements this year were built from a ground zero of utter disappointment.

The 21-year-old Las Vegas competitor worked his way from the bottom in 2012 to the top in 2013.

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Pulliam Collects 2nd National Championship

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Lee Pulliam capped off a perfect season Friday evening at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards where he was crowned as the 2013 national champion.

Pulliam, 25, from Semora, N.C., won the title for the second straight season to join NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Larry Phillips, with five, and Philip Morris, with four, as multi-time champions in the series.

He also collected his second Virginia state championship along the way while competing at South Boston Speedway, Radford’’s Motor Mile Speedway.

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Whelen All-American Changes Announced

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting. 

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

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Champions Battle In iRacing Challenge

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Fans and champions competed side-by-side in the first NASCAR Home Tracks Champions Challenge presented by iRacing.com Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

NASCAR fan and occasional iRacing competitor Ricky Hardin, of Fort Mill, S.C., edged NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece to win the final event that was competed in NASCAR Sprint Cups Series Generation-6 cars on the 1.5-mile oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Champions Week Kicks Off In Charlotte

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR’s top drivers throughout its regional touring and weekly series will be in the spotlight this week in Charlotte, N.C., with a bevy of activities leading up to the awards ceremonies Friday and Saturday night.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards will take place Friday, Dec. 13. Among those honored will be the 2013 national champion Lee Pulliam, as well as track champions from 55 tracks across the United States and Canada, state and provincial champions and top rookies.

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CHAMPION PROFILE: Lee Pulliam

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam made a seamless, successful transition to a new team for 2014. He’ll take a break this week to celebrate the accomplishments of his 2013 season.

Pulliam won two out of four major post-season Late Model races he entered in October, November and December. Two of those events introduced his new alliance with Kiker Motorsports for 2014, and they won in their first start.

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