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Day 2: NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine Hits The Fast Track At Langley

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Langley Speedway’s repaving last winter provided an added challenge for the 20 drivers participating in the 2013 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. Not only did the already tough .4-mile oval get faster, it meant even the drivers who had previously competed in the Combine there faced new conditions.

The drivers passed that test Tuesday with flying colors.

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Day 1: NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine Kicks Off At Hampton University

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Twenty drivers arrived in Hampton, Va., eager to show off their driving skills at the 2013 Drive For Diversity Combine. First, though, they were put through the paces Monday with the equally important off-track assessments at Hampton University.

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Saxton Signs Off At Grandview

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ernie Saxton, the distinguished voice of one of America’s great clay ovals, has concluded a 45-year career behind the mic at Grandview Speedway.

Since 1968 Saxton, 71, of Langhorne, Pa., called all the racing action for generations of fans as the track announcer at the one-third mile oval in Bechtelsville, Pa.

Grandview is operated by the second and third generations of the Rogers family. Forrest Rogers built the track and opened it in 1963, and Saxton started working there in the late 1960s.

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Lemons Comes Out On Top In Martinsville

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Late-race fireworks set the stage for an improbable finish and Tommy Lemons Jr. seized the moment as he took home the famed grandfather clock in the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway.

With two-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam pacing the field on a Lap 201 restart, third-place Deac McCaskill took out Pulliam entering Turn 1 and set the race on its top.

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LIVE: Martinsville Late Model Showdown

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models from across the country have descended upon Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for the annual Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 on Sunday, Oct. 6.

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Christopher Garners Hometown Honors

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Owner of 15 NASCAR titles, Ted Christopher’s distinguished career will be recognized by his Connecticut hometown with induction in the Plainville Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday Oct. 5.

Christopher, a 1976 graduate of Plainville High School, is one of six individuals that will be honored by the Plainville Sports Hall of Fame at its annual banquet.

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Burt Myers Wins Sixth Bowman Gray Title

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  — A third generation driver won his sixth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship this year.

Burt Myers, 37, of Walnut Cove, N.C., won the 2013 Modified division track championship at historic Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. He won the title over his younger brother Jason, 34, for the second straight year.

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Pulliam Takes Aim At Martinsville

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The newly crowned NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion has one more mighty goal on his 2013 racing calendar – a victory at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Lee Pulliam, coming off his second straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship, will compete in the post-season Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300 for NASCAR Late Models at Martinsville on Oct. 6. Eighty-seven cars were on hand for a test session on Sept. 25.

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Finalist Program Top 3 Earn Spotlight

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Twenty-four drivers representing 15 different NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks have earned top honors in the 2013 Finalist Program.

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Stone Tops Whelen All-American Rookies

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Rookie seasons can be rocky, but Todd Stone shined and earned top NASCAR Whelen All-American Series rookie honors for 2013.

Stone, 45, of Middlebury, Vt., won the series’ national Rookie of the Year Award presented by Jostens while ranking 30th in the national point standings. In the process, he also collected Vermont’s NASCAR championship and the modified division track title at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, a half-mile paved oval in West Haven.

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