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Best Of The Best Descend Upon Toyota Speedway At Irwindale For Showdown

Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As everyone descended on Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.) on Thursday for initial preparations for the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, the elite southern California half-mile facility has once again become a melting pot of short-track racing.

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D4D Introduces 2011 Driver Lineup

By Official Release

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR and Revolution Racing announced the 2011 driver lineup – the eighth season for the Drive for Diversity (D4D) program – tonight during NASCAR’s annual Charlotte Media Tour at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.

This year, the D4D initiative looks to build upon its success in 2010. Ten drivers will participate in the 2011 Drive for Diversity Program – four in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and six in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

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PROFILE: Bryan Ortiz

Official Release

Bryan Ortiz , 24, a Bayamon, Puerto Rico native is driving for Revolution Racing for the first time in 2011. He comptes in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

In 2010 Ortiz drove for Sterling Marlin Racing in the Sunoco National Tour, recording four top-three finishes in seven race and one pole position. He won Rookie of the Year honors after capturing Rookie of the Race awards in all seven starts. He also finished second in the Series Championship.

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PROFILE: Tayla Orleans

Official Release

Tayla Orleans, 17, like many aspiring drivers, began her racing career in go-karts.

From age 7, in her first 120 races she recorded 31 wins and 92 top fives. Since that time, she has won numerous karting championships and honors that include becoming the youngest stock car winner in the history of Waterford (Connecticut) Speedbowl history.

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PROFILE: Trey Gibson

Official Release

Trey Gibson, 18, is in his first season driving for Revolution Racing in 2011. The Easley, S.C. native is competing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

In 2010 Gibson ran a full schedule of late model stock cars at Greenville-Pickens Speedway where he had two pole positions, 11 top-five finishes, 20 top 10-finishes and two wins. He made history by becoming the youngest driver to win a late model race at the historic Greenville- Pickens Speedway. He finished the 2010 season seventh at the highly competitive track.

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PROFILE: Jessica Brunelli

Official Release

Jessica Brunelli, 18, has taken every opportunity she’s had to race since she was 7 years-old. From quads to modifieds, Brunelli has worked her way up the racing ladder.

In 2011 she is driving for Revolution Racing for the second season and is competing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. In 2010 she qualified for 19 races in the series recording six top five and 10 top-10 finishes.

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PROFILE: Mackena Bell

Official Release

Mackena Bell, 20, of Carson City, Nev., is competing in her second season with Revolution Racing after running a schedule in 2010 that included six races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and five starts in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Three of her five starts in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series were from the top five, while her best finish came on Aug. 20 where she picked up an impressive secondplace finish.

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PROFILE: Jorge Arteaga

Official Release

Jorge Arteaga, 24, is in his first season with Revolution Racing after compiling an impressive racing resume in his native Mexico. He will compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and will make selected starts with the team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

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News & Notes: Fired Up For The Showdown

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

For Joey Logano and David Gilliland, winning the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown served as a prelude to their accension to NASCAR's national series stage.

What drivers have come to call the 'Daytona 500 of short-track racing' has become a launching pad for those looking to make their mark, and it has come into even sharper focus in recent years. Fans have seen drivers such as Logano, Ryan Truex, Brian Ickler, Ricky Carmichael, Austin Dillon, Trevor Bayne and Justin Loftin run in the prestigious postseason event for NASCAR's developmental series.

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Albany-Saratoga, Devil's Bowl Join NASCAR

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR announced today that a pair of premier short tracks in the northeast have joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

The paved ovals are owned and operated by the Richards family under their umbrella Champlain Valley Racing Association (CVRA). The tracks are Albany-Saratoga Speedway, a .400-mile paved oval in Malta, N.Y., that operates on Fridays, and Devil’s Bowl Speedway, a .500-mile paved oval in West Haven, Vt., that operates on Sundays. The tracks are 64 miles apart.

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