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Fast Is A Family Tradition

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

Sons and daughters of three NASCAR champion dirt track drivers are beginning to carve their own racing careers this summer. The five young drivers represent the third racing generation of the prolific Kosiski family of Omaha, Neb.

They are:

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FINALIST: Swanson Glad To Be Back Home

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – At the end of the 2007 racing season, Jeremy Swanson thought he was done racing. He had a new job in Chicago and was moving there from Iowa. He sold his Hobby Stock and his racing equipment and moved on from the black river bottom gumbo clay of Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa.

Less than half of the 2008 racing season had gone by when Swanson ended up back in Iowa. It turns out the “Second City” wasn’t for him.

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Points Battle Heats Up At LaCrosse

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – J Herbst knows what it will take to defend his championship at LaCrosse (Wisc.) Fairgrounds Speedway: Not thinking about it.

“I’m not even worried about it yet,” said Herbst. “Last year it got stressful. This year, we’re going to make sure we have fun every week. As long as myself and the team do the job that we know we’re capable of doing, week in and week out, points will take care of themselves.”

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FINALIST: Rookie Galko Starting Fast

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A teenage rookie in NASCAR open-wheel racing has parlayed small-track experience into big track talent.

Matt Galko, 16, of Meriden, Conn., is leading in the NASCAR Finalist Division III standings and leading in the SK Light Modified Division at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. He is in his first year of racing full-sized cars on fast half-mile asphalt track. He has two wins, eight top fives and 11 top 10s in 13 starts.

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Henderson Scores Historic Win At Columbus

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Sloan Henderson celebrated her 18th birthday in historic style Saturday night. She became the first female to win a Late Model feature at Columbus Motor Speedway, the .333-mile asphalt oval in central Ohio which is in its 62nd season.

It still hasn’t set in for the Dayton Christian High School senior.

“It’s kind of hard to believe,” said Henderson. “For me to be able to win a race there is a huge honor. I’m just very grateful to be the first female to win.

“It was the best birthday ever.”

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FINALIST: Miller Working Overtime In Wisc.

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Finalist Division II dirt track racer Jason Miller is dealing in multiple racing ventures this season. Two tracks, two cars with two owners, two different tiers of NASCAR competition, and a successful chassis business keep the all-around racer humming. He’s also a full-time mechanic for a growing trucking company. His pleasant demeanor hides a full load of responsibilities that he handles with an “all in a day’s work” attitude.

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Old Dominion Hosts Youth For Tomorrow 150

Track Release

MANASSAS, Va.  – An American short track as old as NASCAR will host one of the biggest events in its 62 year history this week.

Old Dominion Speedway, a .375 mile paved track opened in Manassas, Va., in 1948, will be the site of the Youth For Tomorrow 150 for NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Stock Cars Saturday, July 17. The event benefits the Joe Gibbs founded Youth for Tomorrow, a residential treatment campus and program designed to serve at-risk youth in the Washington, D.C. area. The event is sponsored by the Washington D.C. Area Toyota Dealers.

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Johnson Has Visions Of California Title

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For Las Vegas driver Justin Johnson, his race team sponsor – Vision Airlines – is fitting.

“They have a vision,” said Johnson of the Georgia-based charter airline that got its start in Las Vegas. “Right now, their vision is to win a championship. Hopefully I’ll get it for them.”

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Whelen All-American Series 30-Day License Available For Drivers & Crew Members

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today the implementation of a 30-day membership license option for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, a move geared towards helping out competitors who look to become involved during the second half of the season.

The licenses will be available beginning July 15, 2010, at NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanctioned tracks, and will cover Feature Division, Charger Division, Learners Permits and crew member licenses.

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Rocco Rockets To Top Of Hunter Index

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When your season is just reaching the first week of July and it’s already drawing comparisons to the historic achievements of the late Larry Phillips and Greg Biffle, you know you’re doing something right.

There’s very little Keith Rocco hasn’t done right in 2010.

In recognition of his incredible performance on the asphalt short tracks of Connecticut, Rocco is a near unanimous choice for the top spot in July’s edition of the Hunter Index.

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