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Year In Review: Whelen All-American Series

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

Philip Morris celebrated his fourth national championship in Charlotte, N.C., in December in grand fashion at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. As the calendar has officially turned to 2012, let’s take one last look back at the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

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Sherman Wins Limaland’s 1st NASCAR Crown

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A first year NASCAR Whelen All-American Series driver says the 2011 season was the biggest of his 27-year racing career.

Todd Sherman, 47, of Churusbusco, Ind., won the 2011 K&N Modified division championship at Limaland Speedway, a .250-mile clay oval in Lima, Ohio. The track joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series this year.

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Key Decision Nets Bonsignore Riverhead Title

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Justin Bonsignore and his team owner Kenneth Massa made a key decision early in Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway’s 2011 season.

They decided to add full-time Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing at Riverhead to their schedule. They had already committed to the full NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule and a partial Riverhead weekly schedule.

They were rewarded with Riverhead’s 2011 Modified Division track championship and a seventh-place finish in tour points.

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Strunk Drives Back To The Front

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jeff Strunk’s already astounding racing numbers continued to increase in 2011.

He won a record ninth 358 Modified division championship at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Penn., and his third NASCAR state championship. He also upped his career feature win total to 54 at the .333-mile banked clay oval.

“We go out to win the championship every year,” Strunk said, “and that’s tough to do at Grandview.”

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VIDEOS: 2011 NASCAR Champions

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Videos from the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet and 2011 NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards Gala.

NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards Gala opening video: Narrated by Trevor Bayne: WATCH

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Max Gresham: WATCH | NASCAR K&N Pro Series East montage: WATCH

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VIDEO: Scenes From Championship Week


December 13, 2011 - 10:14am

Morris Crowned Whelen All-American Champ

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Philip Morris has made excellence seem routine as he was crowned as the 2011 national champion at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet on Friday evening.

Morris, 46, from Ruckersville, Va., won the national championship for the fourth time in six seasons. He previously won in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He also collected his fourth Virginia championship in the last five seasons, as well as picking up the South Boston (Va.) Speedway Late Model Division title.

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NOTEBOOK: Sellers Back On Top

By Travis Barrett, Special To NASCAR Home Tracks

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – While Philip Morris stood under the bright lights on the big stage in the NASCAR Hall of Fame Crown Ballroom on Friday night collecting his fourth career NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship, he wasn't the only only person at the banquet celebrating multiple national titles.

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Youth & Diversity In Spotlight

By Travis Barrett, Special To NASCAR Home Tracks

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Of the drivers honored during the Grand Champions Awards Friday morning at the Charlotte Convention Center, none was more surprised to be a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state champion than New York's Amy Catalano.

Following a 2010 season littered by an absence of top-five finishes and an abundance of DNFs, Catalano roared through 2011. At Holland Speedway and Spencer Speedway in Williamson, Catalano scored five wins in 24 Modified starts and finished outside the top five only once.

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CHAMPIONS PORTRAITS: Sky Is The Limit

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The annual gathering of NASCAR champions is an opportunity for the drivers who achieved the highest honor in their respective series to share stories of their season and bond over their common success. The Champions Week kicks off with the annual Champions photoshoot.

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