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Drive For Diversity Combine Day 3

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Now comes the hard part.

After three days of evaluations – the last two of which consisted of on-track testing at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. – Rev Racing personnel will pour over their notes from the 2012 NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine and pick their team for the 2013 racing season.

It won’t be an easy task, which for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity is a good thing.

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Drive For Diversity Combine Day 2

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Dylan Smith peeled off the track following his practice laps at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., Wednesday morning and keyed the radio: “Hey guys, I just want to say ‘thank you’ for this opportunity.”

It’s a sentiment that was shared among the 17 candidates that took part in the on-track portion of the 2012 NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine put on by Rev Racing.

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NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine Day 1

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Sprints and simulators were on the itinerary Tuesday afternoon at Virginia’s Hampton University as the drivers participating in the 2012 NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine put on by Rev Racing were put through the paces both on the running track and at the wheel.

Before the drivers slide behind the wheel of a Late Model for the on-track portion of the combine – slated for Wednesday and Thursday at Langley Speedway in Hampton – the evaluations began for the 17 candidates hoping to land a spot with Rev Racing.

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Women Top 3 In Monadnock Mini Stocks

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A trio of women raced their way into the record books at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H., this year. They took the top-three spots in the 2012 NASCAR Mini Stock championship standings at the quarter-mile paved oval – becoming the first female drivers to sweep the points in the track’s 41-year history.

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Baker Returns To Win Second Barrie Title

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  — A veteran Canadian driver returned to the top at his NASCAR Home Track in 2012.

Dwayne Baker, 43, of Stayner, Ontario won the provincial NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship racing at Barrie (Ontario) Speedway, along with the track’s NASCAR Limited Late Model title after winning both of those titles in 2007.

Although Baker won this year’s point race fairly handily, he had plenty of competition. The top-four finishers each held recent Barrie NASCAR championships.

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Stafford Motor Speedway’s Joe Coss Wins UNOH Battle At The Beach Announcer Search

DIS Public Relations

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The race fans have spoken and Joe Coss, announcer at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut, has been voted the winner of Daytona International Speedway’s UNOH Battle At The Beach announcer search.

Coss will be part of the announcing team for the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach on Feb. 18-19, which will feature two days of racing headlined by three non-points special events in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified tours and the Late Model division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

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Solomito Earns First Riverhead Modified Title

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Shawn Solomito took one of the toughest-to-win track championships in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series this year.

Solomito, 23, of Islip, N.Y., won the NASCAR Modified division track championship at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway and claimed the NASCAR state championship in the process.

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McCaskill Rebounds To Enjoy Record Season

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Deac McCaskill’s goal this year was to simply get his racing program back on track. However, it proved to be much more than that.

The Raleigh, N.C., driver established several career bests en route to winning the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state and track championships while racing at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C.

“I’ve never won as many races and poles or led as many laps as I did this year,” McCaskill said in marvel of the accomplishments.

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Berry Wins Championship For JR Motorsports

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2012) — A teenager in Tennessee and a NASCAR star in North Carolina struck up a friendship in the virtual world of internet stock-car racing in 2009. When the racing was over the two sometimes would have post-race chat sessions to dissect the competition. Soon, it evolved into telephone conversations and their online racing rivalry grew into a student driver-racing mentor relationship.

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Parker Claims National Rookie Honors

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — An experienced race-chasing driver changed course and made a single track his Saturday night destination this year. The decision brought dirt Modified driver Brian Parker a great deal of success.

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