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Purvis Crowned Final Columbus Champion

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When it was announced earlier this year that Ohio’s Columbus Motor Speedway would be shutting down following the conclusion of the season, the question became which driver would be known as the final NASCAR track champion at the third-mile asphalt oval?

The answer to that question turned out to be 29-year-old Kyle Purvis.

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Pennink Captures Championship Crown

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Rowan Pennink began the 2016 season with uncertainty, but he ended it by making a little bit of history at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway.

The Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, driver captured his second straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship in the SK Modified Division at Stafford this year, becoming just the fifth different driver to win back-to-back track championships at the half-mile asphalt oval.

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Zagaiski Finds His Groove To Take Berlin Title

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Prior to this year outlaw super late model driver Dave Zagaiski had never won a feature at Marne, Michigan’s Berlin Raceway.

That all changed this year for 52-year-old Zagaiski, who won six times in eight races and captured his first NASCAR track championship at the .4375-mile asphalt oval.

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Hale Defends Lonesome Pine Title

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s an old adage, but the phrase ‘getting better with age’ has never been more appropriate for 47-year-old Wayne Hale.

This season at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Virginia, the Tennessee driver earned his second straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship at the three-eighths-mile asphalt oval. He did so in commanding style, capturing nine victories and never finishing outside the top-five in 17 starts at Lonesome Pine Raceway.

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Wilberg Brings Home Another Championship

By Adam Fenwick, Special To

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s been quite some time since veteran Midwestern racer Bobby Wilberg could last call himself a track champion at Madison International Speedway.

In fact, the last time Wilberg earned that honor was 2008 when he captured the late model track championship at the half-mile asphalt oval located in Oregon, Wisconsin.

That all changed this year for the 52-year-old driver from Beloit, Wisconsin, who was able to secure the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship in the Club LaMark Late Model division.

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Sheppard Scores Second Title At Utica-Rome

Adam Fenwick, Special to

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2016 season got off to a bumpy start for dirt modified ace Matt Sheppard, who lost his ride with team owner Al Heinke in January just days before his wedding in Mexico.

In the days and weeks that followed Sheppard scrambled to put together his own team, acquiring race cars and equipment that he hoped would allow him to compete at the same level that fans and himself are accustomed to. 

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Looney Holds On For Martinsville Win

By Matt Weaver, Special To

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Mike Looney withstood a furious charge from Lee Pulliam over the final 10 laps but emerged victorious on Sunday in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway.

With nine laps to go, Pulliam actually got under Looney and climbed up his door panel when they came together off the exit of Turn 4. Looney escaped with the top spot but with visible damage across his quarter panel. Meanwhile, Pulliam was also able to keep going and they maintained the top two positions. 

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Looney Locks In Martinsville Pole

Matt Weaver, Special To

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- The front row for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 has been set with Mike Looney and Lee Pulliam earning the right to lead the field to green on Sunday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.

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Drivers Vie for Spot in NASCAR Program


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Seventeen drivers from across the country will compete for spots in the top driver development program in motorsports, NASCAR Drive for Diversity, during a national tryout at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway from Oct. 10-12.

The 13th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine invites promising ethnically diverse and female drivers from across North and South America to test their skills over a three-day period as NASCAR evaluates talent for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Class of 2017.

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Bowling Caps Incredible Run With Title

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Matt Bowling spent the entire season being chased by some of the best short-track racers in North America.

In the end, nobody could catch him.

The 22-year-old from Ridgeway, Virginia, culminated his incredible run with a third Late Model Stock Car championship at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway last Saturday night. The laurels continued during the week, as Bowling was officially announced as 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion.

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