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New England Short Track Attractions

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A trio of family operated New England NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks are traditional summertime racing destinations for racers and fans alike.

NASCAR’s two weekly tracks in New Hampshire include Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway and Monadnock Speedway in Winchester. In Maine, NASCAR weekly racing is represented by Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough.

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Grand Slam For Morris

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Philip Morris' career took another historic step Wednesday.

The 46-year-old Ruckersville, Va., driver earned his fourth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship based on his standout season in an asphalt Late Model. Morris, who was already just the second driver in the series' 30 years running to earn multiple titles, moved within one of the benchmark of five set by the late Larry Phillips.

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Worth The Wait

By Tim Southers, NASCAR

Hampton, Va. – Philip Morris arrived in Hampton, Virginia on Friday afternoon prepared to wait out the weekend and see how Keith Rocco did in Connecticut during his races on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Little did Morris realize he would have to wait out the weather too. Persistent rain bands in the area forced Langley Speedway officials to postpone Sunday’s event. All was not lost for Morris, as Rocco's inability to improve his points total likely gave Morris his fourth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship.

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Rocco's Run Comes Up Short

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. -- Keith Rocco's hopes for a second straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship appeared to come to an end Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway.

The 26-year-old Wallingford, Conn., driver finished third in the SK Modified feature at Stafford on the final weekend for results to count toward the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championships. Rocco entered the weekend trailing Philip Morris of Ruckersville, Va., 789-778.

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Only Memories Remain For Krugers

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — When the Kruger family returned recently to what was left of their home, which had been destroyed by a Texas wildfire outbreak, nearly everything was gone.

Walking through the ashes of their three-bedroom home, each family member searched an area where anything of personal value to each might be recovered. A glass coin jar had melted around melted coins. A wedding band was mostly melted away.

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FINALIST: Balluzzo On Verge of Fifth Title

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A longtime successful Virginia Late Model racer discovered a support division he enjoys competing in so much he all but parked his top division car this year.

Shawn Balluzzo, 55, of Newport News, Va., is on the verge of winning his fifth KeesVacations.com Modified division track championship in six years at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.

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Making Memories In The Midwest

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A pair of marquee NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks on either side of Lake Michigan have been entertaining race fans for more than 50 years.

To the west is Rockford (Ill.) Speedway, a quarter-mile paved oval, and to the east is Kalamazoo (Mich.) Speedway, a .275-mile paved oval. Both tracks have significant banking that accentuate speed and demand driver skill. Rockford opened in 1948 and is banked 22 degrees while Kalamazoo opened in 1950 and is banked 14 degrees. Both tracks operate on Saturday nights.

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Morris & Rocco Face Must-Win Weekend

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Together Philip Morris and Keith Rocco have combined for 44 victories. But for one driver, that won’t be enough.

Heading into the final weekend for points to count toward NASCAR Whelen All-American Series title, the national title scenario is simple for the two past champions: Win.

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FINALIST: Rold Chasing A Dream

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A 15-year dirt track racing veteran is leading a close point race that could result in winning his first track championship.

Jason Rold, 33, of Avoca, Iowa leads the Northland Oil Pro Stock division track point standings at Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa. Entering the track’s final point race of the season on Sept. 10, Rold leads Tony Hardisty by 30 points.

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Morris Hits The Road For National Title

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Philip Morris pursuit of a fourth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will take him on the road.

The Ruckersville, Va., driver extended his national points lead to 10 over Keith Rocco with a win in the season finale at South Boston (Va.) Speedway this past Saturday. It was Morris’ 19th victory of the season and capped off a second track title at one of nine tracks that have been part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for all 30 years.

Now Morris will turn his attention to taking his asphalt Late Model to chase points elsewhere.

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