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VandeKamp Keeps Winning At Cedar Lake

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A Midwest dirt track racing veteran is determined to overcome a family loss and conclude the season with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship.

Jason VandeKamp, 35, of Seardia, Minn., leads the NASCAR Midwest Modified track point race at Cedar Lake Speedway, a .375-mile clay oval in New Richmond, Wis. He also tops the NASCAR Finalist Division IV dirt track standings.

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Mayhew Back In Bakersfield

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  — David Mayhew is a part of the long running NASCAR racing heritage in Bakersfield, Calif. The sparkling new Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield returned the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series to the area this year for the first time since 2005. The track enticed Mayhew back into racing close to home.

“It’s awesome to have Kern County finally open this year,” Mayhew said. “Not having a track in Bakersfield hurt."

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St. Onge In Battle For Barrie Title

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  — Darryl St. Onge is part of the fabric of Barrie (Ontario) Speedway. In his 14-year career he’s seen racing from almost every angle at the third-mile paved oval.

St. Onge, 44, of Barrie, has a lot of success at the seventh-year NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track. He’s been a crewman, a track champion as an owner-driver, and a track official. Now he’s challenging for a second support division championship while preparing to move to the top division in 2014.

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Ceravolo Gunning For Top-10 Finish

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Todd Ceravolo is having a satisfying season in SK Modified competition at two Connecticut NASCAR Whelen All-American Series paved tracks. A well-planned 2013 campaign brought competitive results.

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Father & Son Points Leaders At Lake County

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Michael Reed Sr. knew before age 10 what he wanted to be when he grew up.

“I wanted to be a fireman, a policeman and a race car driver. When dad took us to the Lake County Speedway three or four nights a year when I was four or five years old, I knew right then I wanted to drive race cars,” Reed Sr. said. “We lived a few miles from the track and could hear them racing every week.”

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Partridge Career Revolves Around Irwindale

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The career of Ryan Partridge revolves around Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway’s half-mile paved oval at Irwindale Event Center. The track is the core of the sprawling multi-purpose facility, and Partridge knows the track better than most. He’s also becoming acquainted with the new half-mile paved oval of Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif.

Partridge, 25, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is one of the longest running active veterans at Irwindale. He’s been racing there for about 10 years and enjoyed a lot of success.

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Plowman Finds New Home At Adams County

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jon Plowman was restless about his racing program and decided a change was in order last year. By mid-summer he settled into NASCAR Whelen All-American Series B-Modifieds at Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa. This summer, he’s contending for his first career track championship.

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Pollaro Livin’ Large In Texas

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Texan Rick Pollaro fields an unusually large number of competitive cars in several NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions.

Pollaro, 49, of Canyon Lake, Texas, had a fast rise to the top. He’s been racing for only three years.  As an owner-driver he leads the BWFS Coke Truck division point standings at Houston Motorsports Park. He also competes at Central Texas Speedway in Kyle, Texas. Trucks are NASCAR Finalist Division II at both .375-mile paved ovals.

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Champions Sellers, Pulliam Split Wins

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champions squared off in two 125-lap features Saturday night, and each went to Victory Lane.

Defending national champ Lee Pulliam, 25, of Semora, N.C., and 2005 title holder Peyton Sellers, 29, of Danville, Va., split twin 125-lap feature wins at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

By Travis Barrett, Special To NASCAR Home Tracks

PLAINVILLE, Conn. – He can talk to you for hours on end about racing.

He can tell you how a race played out, both in front of him and behind him, in the closing laps of an event. He can tell you about top-end speeds and low-end horsepower. He can tell you exactly what each shock on each corner of the race car means in terms of performance.

Truth be told, he can also offer an unfiltered opinion on virtually every other racer in the garage, too, when you get him fired up enough.

But ask Ted Christopher about himself, and, well, he sort of clams up.

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