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Yackey Adds To Success At Colorado National

By Paul Schaeffer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Bruce Yackey continues to add to one the longest running success stories in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Yackey, 46, of Greeley, Colo., won his seventh NASCAR Late Model track championship at Colorado National Speedway in Dacono, Colo., in 2012. The title was accompanied by his fourth NASCAR state championship.

There was a twist in winning the titles. Yackey had to sit out the 100-lap Challenge Cup XXXVIII on Sept. 29. It is the .375-mile paved oval’s biggest event of the year and final track point race of the season.

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Another Babb Claims Beech Ridge Title

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Racing has been and forever will be a family sport. Generation after generation capture the passion of motorsports. This year, a third-generation champion added his family name to the NASCAR state champions list racing at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

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Winters On Top At All American, Stockton 99

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ten years after his breakthrough season in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition, California open-wheel driver Scott Winters reached a new career summit.

Winters, 45, of Tracy, Calif., produced a triple title season in 2012. He won his first NASCAR state championship along with pavement Modified track championships at All American Speedway in Roseville and Stockton 99 Speedway. His resume now includes a career total of eight track championships.

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Home Tracks Stand Up To Sandy

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The impact of Superstorm Sandy has been devastating throughout the eastern portion of the United States, but NASCAR Home Tracks in the areas hardest hit were able to avoid major damage.

New York’s historic Riverhead Raceway was buffeted by 90 mph winds generated by Hurricane Sandy on Monday. The quarter-mile oval, located near the eastern tip of Long Island N.Y. – about 75 miles east of New York City – escaped serious harm. Speedway billboards and power lines were scattered throughout the property, but the buildings remained intact.

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Bergakker Climbs The Rungs At Kalamazoo

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Brian Bergakker methodically climbed to the top rung of Michigan NASCAR Late Model racing. The 15-year journey culminated with his first NASCAR Super Late Model track championship and state title at Kalamazoo Speedway in 2012.

Bergakker won the track title by 25 points and the state title by 19 points over 12-time Kalamazoo champion Andy Bozell. His racing record for the season is three wins, 10 top fives and 12 top 10s in 13 starts.

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Jerry Gille Back On Top At Rockford

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model driver Jerry Gille won two new NASCAR championship trophies at Rockford (Ill.) Speedway this year.

Remarkable consistency on the tight, high-banked quarter-mile paved oval – 16 top fives and 19 top 10s in 19 starts – helped him win his latest titles. He is the only driver in Rockford’s NASCAR Late Model division this year to post a top 10 finish in every feature event. As a result, he won his third track championship and second NASCAR state championship.

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Late Surge Pushes Pendleton To Titles

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A late season surge helped Chad Pendleton win his first NASCAR track and state championships.

Pendleton, 31, of Hilliard, Ohio, won the NASCAR Late Model track championship at the .333-mile Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway. At season’s end he pulled away from two veteran drivers in the state point race.

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The Veteran Gets It Done

Tim Southers, NASCAR

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Philip Morris held off Lee Pulliam in a final six-lap sprint to the finish to win the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, but it was a gutsy decision on a late restart that proved to be the difference in the race for the four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion.

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Summit Highlights Canadian Gathering

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

TORONTO – NASCAR hosted its third annual NASCAR Canadian Business Summit and Recognition Reception on Saturday for drivers, teams, sponsors and track operators for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in Canada.

Among the agenda items addressed at the session were updates from NASCAR Canada, social media initiatives and overall NASCAR business with an eye to the future.

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Pulliam Sets Pace At Martinsville

Tim Southers, NASCAR

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – The hot streak for Lee Pulliam continued Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.

Pulliam, fresh off winning the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship, qualified first out of a field of 80 cars for the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300 Saturday afternoon.

Pulliam is also the defending champion of the late model stock car event at Martinsville.

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