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Maine Governor Commends NASCAR Veteran

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The elder-statesman of 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state champions visited his state’s governor recently.

Mike Rowe, 63, of Turner, Me., was congratulated on his title by Maine Gov. Paul R. LePage at the State House in Augusta, Mar. 10. Rowe won the state championship and NASCAR Pro Series track title at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, a third-mile paved oval in Scarborough, Me.

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Lake Erie Champ Wylie Has Ambitious Plans

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Second generation driver Scott Wylie plans an ambitious schedule for 2014. 

Wylie, 30, of Derby, N.Y., won the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified championship at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pa., claiming the Lake Erie title by just four points over Randy Culver. The championship was a huge rebound from 2012 when he totaled his Late Model at Motordrome Speedway in Smithton, Pa.

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Kimball Visits New Hampshire Gov. Hassan

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Bill Kimball Jr. is prepared for the season opening Spring Dash event at Monadnock Speedway on April 19, but he recently topped off his 2013 track and state championship celebrations in Concord, N.H. New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan personally congratulated Kimball on his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state title.

Kimball won his fourth NASCAR Sportsman Modified track championship at Monadnock in Winchester, N.H., in 2013. He also picked up points in five Small Block Supermodified division starts at Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway.

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Ohio Gov., State Champ Make Exchange

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ohio Governor John R. Kasich and 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state champion Bobby Justus exchanged more than pleasantries in the governor’s office last month.

Gov. Kasich invited Justus to his downtown Columbus office on Feb. 7 to congratulate the driver on his first NASCAR state championship. By the time the visit concluded, Justus had a leather-bound state Resolution of Congratulations from Kasich, and the governor had Justus’ Whelen All-American Series Ohio state championship trophy on display in his office lobby.

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Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Motorcycle races at Daytona. Sports cars at Watkins Glen. Modifieds at Langley.

For race fans, if they couldn’t make it to the track and the event didn’t have television coverage, there hasn’t been an option to watch all the action. Until now.

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Beasley Honored By Nevada Gov. Sandoval

By Paul Schaefer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jay Beasley had a heckuva homecoming.

The Rev Racing driver, in his first year with the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, was honored by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval for his outstanding 2013 campaign. Beasley won the Super Late Model championship at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway en route to becoming the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Nevada champion.

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NASCAR Hall Of Fame Nominee: Larry Phillips

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Five-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Champion Larry Phillips is now a two-time NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee. His second appearance on the ballot comes on the 25th anniversary season of his first NASCAR national championship in 1989.

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Whelen All-American Series Getting Season Revved Up With March Openings

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The weather is starting to turn which means the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is heating up.

A dozen series tracks will be open by the end of March. Eleven tracks begin their season this month, joining New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway that opened in January. Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C., opened Mar. 1.

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Benjamin Claims New Smyrna Finale

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. -- Young stars were out in full force all week at New Smyrna Speedway, and Saturday night's finale was no different. But it was the NASCAR veteran who walked away with the grand prize.

Sixteen-year-old Kyle Benjamin ran away with the Bruce Gowland Memorial 100 Super Late Model race. It was Benjamin's first win of the 48th Annual World Series of Asphalt Racing. Steve Wallace finished fourth and earned the overall World Series championship.

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Bonsignore Finishes Strong At New Smyrna

Track Release

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. -- For Justin Bonsignore, it was worth the wait.

Rain pushed the Richie Evans Memorial late into the night Friday at New Smyrna Speedway. But when all was said and done, the 26-year-old from Holtsville, N.Y. took home the trophy for the prestigious Modified race.

It was Bonsignore's second straight win to close out the Modified racing at the track's 48th Annual World Series of Asphalt Racing. Connecticut's Ron Silk finished third to claim the overall week-long championship.

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