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Howard Jumps Into All-American Contention

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Contending for national honors never really entered into Duane Howard’s mind. Running on the dirt at Grandview Speedway in Bechtesville, Penn., where being the points leader means you never start better than 16th in the feature, Howard figured there were just too many obstacles.

When he started the year with just two top-three finishes – and no wins – in his first six starts, it looked even bleaker.

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Moore Enjoying Breakthrough Season At Caraway

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

Late Model driver Dan Moore Jr. is enjoying a breakthrough season at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C. He’s finding the results he hoped for when re-tooling his racing program for 2010.

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Sathers, Sellers Racing To Build Success At South Boston

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

A Fargo, N.D., short track driver who enjoyed success at the dirt Sprint Car racing Mecca of Knoxville, Iowa, is now focused on success in Virginia NASCAR Late Model Stock Car competition – by way of Washington state.

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It's Official: Rocco Earns National Crown

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For three straight years, Keith Rocco put together seasons that would be the envy of most drivers. But they fell short of his ultimate goal.

He was determined not to be denied again.

To that end, Rocco has been nearly unstoppable in the asphalt Modified Divisions on the short tracks of Connecticut. The 25-year-old Wallingford, Conn., driver picked up his 19th and 20th wins of the season this past weekend.

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Rocco Powers To National Championship

Official Release

WATERFORD, Conn. -- Keith Rocco record win No. 20 Saturday night at the Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl and unofficially clinch his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship.

The 25-year-old Wallingford, Conn., driver started 12th and took the lead from Tom Abele Jr. on Lap 29 of the 35-lap SK Modified division feature. He weathered one subsiquent restart to claim the win. It was his 10th at Waterford, where he is the points leader.

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Rocco One Step Away From National Title

Official Release

STAFFORD, Conn. -- Keith Rocco used a last-lap pass to collect the win at Stafford Motor Speedway Friday night and to move within a win of clinching the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship.

Rocco slipped by Ted Christopher on the final lap of the second 40-lap SK Modified Division feature at the half-mile asphalt oval.

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FINALIST: Martin Not Just Going In Circles

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ricky Martin is one of the best known, most popular and busiest drivers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., area. Martin, 31, of Farmington, Minn., is in a close NASCAR Finalist Division II points race with Danny Johnson of Lakeville, Minn.

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Mahder Making Most of Rookie Run

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When the regional touring series Chad Mahder ran last year in Iowa closed down, he went looking for something closer to home. The 25-year-old from Eou Claire, Wisc., found it in the form of Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisc.

He also found plenty of success.

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Everyman Late Model Racer Hartline Part Of Rockford Scene

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Mark Hartline is an “everyman” racer. He’s the kind of race car driver and mechanic who represents the core of thousands of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series across the nation. He races because he enjoys working on and driving race cars; he drives an old reliable he originally built in 2005 that he knows inside and out; and he races competitively on a budget, plying more talent than dollars to his efforts.

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FINALIST: Cassidy Back In The Hunt

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A second-generation driver is in a pair of very close points races as the season enters its make-or-break month of August.

Ken Cassidy Jr., 27, of Lisbon, Conn., is battling with Danny Field for Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl’s Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock Division track championship.

The duo is also among the leaders in the NASCAR Finalist Division IV standings.

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