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Odessa Champion Motor Speedway Joins NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — West Texas now has a home for NASCAR-sanctioned dirt track racing every Saturday night as Odessa Champion Motor Speedway has joined the NASCAR Whelen All American Series.

The .375-mile high-banked clay oval, located between Odessa and Midland, is now the third racing facility in the Lone Star State to be a part of NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly racing. It joins Houston Motorsports Park and Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, Texas, both of which are .375-mile paved ovals.

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Revolution Park Brings NASCAR To Louisiana

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — One of America’s new generation weekly short tracks will re-launch this year with a new name, a new owner and a new NASCAR sanction.

Revolution Park Racing and Entertainment Complex in Monroe, La., will be part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly racing.

The 55-acre complex features a state-of-the-art .375-mile concrete oval with 12 degrees of banking. Its prime location is on the frontage road near busy Interstate 20 just east of Monroe, La.

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Duvall Honored By Oklahoma Gov. Fallin

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A veteran of more than 30 years of dirt track racing received a career high honor Tuesday.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin welcomed 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state champion Joe Duvall to her state capitol office in Oklahoma City. In addition to the state title, Duvall won the 2011 dirt Modified track championship at the NASCAR-sanctioned Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway.

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Carlson Rebounds To Win Rockford Title

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ryan Carlson attained one of the nation’s toughest-to-win pavement Late Model division track championships in 2011. He became only the sixth different driver in 25 seasons to take the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series title at Rockford (Ill.) Speedway while snagging the 2011 NASCAR Illinois state championship, as well.

Carlson worked his way through the ups and downs of the racing season that included a winless streak of more than a month.

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Helliwell Repeats As New Hampshire Champ

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Driver Wayne Helliwell Jr. thrived in 2011 despite a major change in his NASCAR Home Track’s featured division.

Helliwell, 34, of Dover, N.H., won his fourth consecutive NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship at Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway in 2011. His most recent track title was accompanied by his second consecutive NASCAR state championship.

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Quesnelle Caps Barrie Return With Titles

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ron Quesnelle returned to Barrie (Ont.) Speedway three years ago so he could enjoy the unity of his family’s racing efforts. He steadily climbed to the top of the NASCAR Late Model division and reaped the rewards of success in 2011. He won his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track and provincial championships.

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Haslam Honors Tenn. Champion Monteith

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam congratulated 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state champion Nate Monteith of Blountville in his Tennessee State Capital office Wednesday afternoon.

Haslam invited Monteith to Nashville to congratulate him on his NASCAR state championship and 2011 NASCAR Late Model track championship at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway. Monteith was accompanied by his dad Don.

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Rodgers Wins Beech Ridge Title In Close Race

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Bill Rodgers won the closest NASCAR Pro Series division point race in the 63-year history of Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in 2011. The margin of a single point gained Rogers, 47, of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship. He also won the 2011 NASCAR state championship.

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Leighton Maintains Position Among Elite

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Bill Leighton Jr. scored a top-10 position in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national top 500 for the third consecutive year in 2011.

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Herbst Claims Wisconsin And LaCrosse Titles

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — J. Herbst was a man on a mission at LaCrosse (Wis.) Fairgrounds Speedway in 2011. He hit his marks by winning his second NASCAR Late Model division track championship and first NASCAR state championship at the .625-mile paved oval.

“We met all the goals we set after losing the 2010 championship (to Shawn Pfaff) by one point,” Herbst said. “The whole crew set out to achieve those goals. It wasn’t just me.

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