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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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EMPA Writers Award To Honor Hunter

Official Release

TRENTON, N.J. -- The Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) has renamed its annual award for excellence in motorsports journalism the EMPA/Jim Hunter Memorial Writers Award.

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New Twist To Toyota All-Star Showdown

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A change to the format of this year’s NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown will add a new twist for drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model divisions and is expected to bring even more excitement for fans and competitors.

The postseason event, set for Jan. 28-29 at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.), will feature heat races for both divisions to determine the starting lineup for the each feature race.

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Rocco Honored By Connecticut Writers

Official Release

The Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance is pleased to announce that Keith Rocco, the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion, has been named the Bill Lee Male Athlete of the Year, and Maya Moore, a guard/forward on the national champion University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, has been named the Hank O’Donnell Female Athlete of the Year.

Both athletes will be honored at the 70th annual Gold Key Dinner, which will be held April 17 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

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COLUMN: The Kid Has Come A Long Way

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – One of the best viewing areas – especially during practice – at Waterford Speedbowl is the small strip of grass that stretches from the back pit-out service gate around Turn 3. You have a perfect view down the backstretch and the turns. In addition, while the crew members, drivers and assorted on-lookers that congregate there may vary throughout the day, the constant – as it seems to be a rule in many short tracks – is there is never a shortage of opinions.

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Aramendia Honored By Texas Governor

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Joe Aramendia capped his second straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Texas championship in style.

The 47-year-old from San Antonio recently visited the state capital to receive personal congratulations for his accomplishment from Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

The governor welcomed Aramendia and his wife, Carolyn, to the Governor’s Reception Room in The Capitol Building in Austin.

“It was a great experience,” Aramendia said. “We all enjoyed the visit.”

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Southside Joins NASCAR For 2011

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR and Southside Speedway announced today that the classic Virginia short-track will be part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series beginning in 2011.

Southside, a .333-mile paved oval in Midlothian, Va. – southeast of downtown Richmond, Va. – are the fifth addition to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for next season and will be the sixth track in the Commonwealth to host NASCAR’s grassroots racing.

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Wallace Honored By Alberta Premier

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Roy Wallace, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Alberta champion, was recently congratulated for his outstanding season by Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach.

Wallace, and his wife Michele, were welcomed by Stelmach at the Legislature Building in the Alberta capital of Edmonton. The Premier invited Wallace to his Edmonton office to personally congratulate the 42-year-old Edmonton native on his 2010 NASCAR championship.

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