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Pulliam Ends Season In Style

By Tim Southers, NASCAR

RADFORD, Va. – Pulliam came to Motor Mile Saturday night looking to close out his outstanding 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season in style. And the 24-year-old from Semora, N.C., did just that.

Pulliam, the national points leader heading into the final weekend for points to count toward the championship, swept the Weight Station/Hedgecock Racing Academy/Blue Ridge Copier Twin 100s to push his win total to 22 in 36 starts.

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Chance Meeting Creates Winning Combo

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A chance meeting between a car sponsor and a race car driver last year created a competitive combination in 2012.

Frank Tomkinson walked into a sign shop in Glenwood, Iowa to order signage decals for a dirt track race car he sponsored. It was in February 2011. Unknown to Tomkinson, at the counter was dirt track driver Jeff Jones. Through an open interior door, Tomkinson could see the Jones family sign shop doubled as the Jones family race shop.

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Russ Hersey Jr Shifts Focus At Monadnock

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Russ Hersey Jr. completed a seamless transition from full bodied stock cars to fulltime open-wheel racing this year.

Hersey, 44, of Swanzey, N.H., tops the NASCAR Sportsman Modified division point standings at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. He leads defending division champion Bill Kimball by 32 points entering the track’s final race of the season Sept. 15.

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Bates Hopes To Retire With Track Title

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A 30-year racing veteran hopes to conclude his racing career as a NASCAR champion.

Duane “Buzz” Bates, 48, of Mentor, Ohio, has been a fixture in the NASCAR Limited Late Model division for decades at Lake County Speedway, a .2-mile paved oval in Painesville, Ohio. He says this season is his last.

In a career that began in 1982, Bates spent all but his first three seasons in the top division at NASCAR’s shortest short track. He’s won an estimated 50 feature events as well as track championships in 2006 and 2009.

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Holland Teammates Szafraniec And Lutz Engaged In Victory Lane Celebration

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two members of a four-car NASCAR Whelen All-American Series team agreed in a unique moment to partner for life. Fourteen days later one of them added a first NASCAR track championship.

A surprised Samantha Lutz received a proposal of marriage from teammate Jeff Szafraniec in Victory Lane at Holland (N.Y.) Motorsports Complex on Aug. 18. He implemented an unusual celebration after his seventh win of the season.

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Brown Back In Contention At Motordrome

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ten years after his most recent championship, Neil Brown is racing for a third NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track title. Brown and two other past champions will be chasing the 2012 NASCAR Late Model crown at Motordrome Speedway in Smithton, Pa., Saturday night.

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Eilander Looks For Edmonton Repeat

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Veteran Canadian driver Art Eilander has two races to go in his push to repeat as a NASCAR track champion.

Eilander, 51, of Leduc, Alberta, holds a 38-point lead over David Rendall in the NASCAR Thunder Car division point race at Edmonton (Alberta) International Raceway. The next-to-last race is the annual NASCAR Thunder Car 100 at the quarter-mile paved oval on Sept. 8.

“It’s still a tight points race,” Eilander said of his battle with Rendell. “We’ve been swapping finishing positions week to week.”

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Nevadan Kayli Barker Sets NASCAR Record

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Nevadan Kayli Barker established a milestone recently when she became the youngest woman to win a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature race on Aug. 18. The win came in the Super Stock division at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s .375-mile paved oval known as The Bullring.

“We didn’t expect to win so quickly,” Barker said. Her first NASCAR Super Stock win came in her eighth career start.

“We were hoping to get some top-three finishes, finish in the top-five in points and win our division’s rookie of the year award,” she said.

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Pulliam Charges Ahead Searching For Wins

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — There was electricity in the air at South Boston (Va.) Speedway on a recent Saturday night.

Two rivals – a national champion and a national championship contender -- squared off on the .4-mile paved oval in two 75-lap, 24-car NASCAR Late Model features on Aug. 18. The last time they met at South Boston 10 months ago, both driver’s cars went home on a wreckers. One of the drivers was sent home by NASCAR for a good long time.

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Breakout Season For Dennis In Dirt Modified

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Midwestern dirt Modified driver Jesse Dennis is enjoying a breakout season by racing at three tracks in two states. The busy pace is being rewarded with success.

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