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NASCAR Returns To Anderson

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR championship race for South Carolina got a little more competitive over the weekend. NASCAR and Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway announced Saturday at the track's 2013 Champion’s Dinner and Awards Presentation that the .375-mile semi-banked oval will join the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2014.

The return of Anderson gives the state three ovals that host Late Model Stock Cars as their top division.

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Cope Makes It Two Straight At New Smyrna

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. -- Travis Cope insists he doesn't have New Smyrna Speedway figured out.

The results indicate otherwise.

Cope led the final 92 laps in a dominating performance Saturday night en route to winning the 12th Annual Pete Orr Memorial/Orange Blossom 100. It's his third straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model win at the banked half-mile.

With the win, the 25-year from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., adds his name to recent winners -- and rising stars in the sport -- of the Pete Orr 100: Kyle Larson (2012) and Kyle Benjamin (2013).

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Tennessee Champ Finchum Set For Florida

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Tennessee’s teenage NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state champion is expanding his racing boundaries this year. His 2014 campaign begins in just a few weeks.

Chad Finchum, 19, of Knoxville, Tenn., won his 2013 state title and NASCAR Late Model track championship at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway.

He plans to compete in all seven NASCAR Super Late Model race nights scheduled during the 48th annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway Feb. 14-22.

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First NASCAR Championship For Theodore

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A longtime driver and crewman was finally able to focus his racing efforts at one track for a full season in 2013. He got huge results.

Chris Theodore, 34, of Coweta, Okla., won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series dirt Modified track championship at Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway and with it the NASCAR state championship.

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Expanded Program Propels Kimball

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Bill Kimball Jr. expanded to a two-track, two-division effort in 2013, and won his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state championship in New Hampshire.

Kimball, 41, of Bennington, N.H., also won his third NASCAR Sportsman Modified division title at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. His previous championships in 2010-11 were before the cars were elevated to the premier division at the quarter-mile paved oval.

“We wanted to try for the state championship for the first time, but we knew it would be hard to do,” Kimball said.

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Iowa Gov. Branstad Congratulates O’Brien

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jason O’Brien’s 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track and state championships grew in stature months after winning them.

O’Brien, 36, of Atlantic, Iowa, won his first NASCAR dirt Late Model track championship and state title racing at Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa in 2013.
 
“I told anyone who asked that what NASCAR does for its champions makes you understand you really accomplished something,” O’Brien said. “I’ve enjoyed every bit of it.”

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Autodrome St. Eustache Returns

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Quebec is home to some of the most passionate motorsports fans in the world and they’ll once again be treated to exciting NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action this year.

Autodrome St. Eustache and NASCAR recently announced the track will join the series in 2014. The .4-mile oval will crown NASCAR track champions and Division I competitors at the track will contend for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Quebec championship.

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Nebraska Govenor Congratulates Kaser

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman personally congratulated his state’s 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American champion two days before Christmas. The governor’s office soon put pictures of the visit on the state website http://www.governor.nebraska.gov/.

Jase Kaser won the state championship and NASCAR dirt Late Model track championships at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., and Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb.

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Greenville Pickens Title A First For Anders

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A veteran South Carolina NASCAR Late Model driver won a long-sought track championship in 2013 and added a third consecutive state championship.

Anthony Anders, 42, of Easley, S.C., captured his first track title at historic Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway.

“It took a lot of sleepless nights, late nights in the shop with the crew, and the support and understanding from all our families to put all our time into racing,” Anders said. “It took 15 years of dreaming about it – and racing in Late Models for nine years – to get it done.”

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Bergakkers Go To Lansing

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Michigan’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state champion for 2013 received congratulations from a top state executive during the holidays.

Brian Bergakker, 33, of Lowell, Mich., and his wife Jessica were welcomed to the State House in Lansing by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. Bergakker won the state championship and track title at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Speedway.

“It was quite an interesting experience,” Bergakker said. “Lt. Gov. Calley was more down to earth than I thought he’d be. He’s really a nice guy.”

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