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Riverhead To Host NASCAR Green Night

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The first of five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks selected for 2012 will host a NASCAR Green “Clean Air Tree Planting Program” event on June 16.

The event at Riverhead Raceway will benefit the Town of Riverhead, N.Y., which will receive a gift of up to 100 trees for municipal planting. The famed Long Island oval is operated by Barbara and Jim Cromarty.

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Riverhead’s Brode Leads Empire State Points

Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A veteran NASCAR Modified driver leads New York’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state point race for the first time in his career.

Howie Brode, 48, of East Islip, N.Y., leads the state and track point standings racing at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway. He took the state points lead on June 2.

Brode, the track’s 1998 NASCAR Modified champion, originally planned to run selected events at Riverhead and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this year. After the great start this year, he adjusted his plans.

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Rookie Leads Hickory Limited Late Models

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — An 18-year-old stock-car racing rookie is off to a successful start at one of NASCAR’s most historic and toughest tracks.

Shane Lee of Newton, N.C., leads this week’s NASCAR Finalist Division II Asphalt standings. He’s also the Paramount KIA Limited Late Model division point leader at Hickory Motor Speedway in Newton, N.C. Lee scored his first career feature win in just his third start of the season. His record now stands at five wins, eight top fives and nine top 10s in nine starts.

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Past Champ Aramendia Returns To The Top

Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A Texan with multiple NASCAR championships is on the rise again in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standings.

Joe Aramendia, 49, of Seguin, Texas, is ranked 17th in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings. With eight wins and 11 top-fives in 11 starts, he leads Texas’ NASCAR point standings as well as the NASCAR Modified track standings at Houston Motorsports Park and Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle. Both are .375-mile paved ovals.

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Valenti Making The Most Of Lucky Break

Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Shawn Valenti readily admits he’s lucky to be racing at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio.

The veteran in many divisions of dirt track racing sold his Sprint Car and equipment and was seemingly out of racing a year ago.

“I lucked out when I got a ride with Jeff Babcock in the Thunderstock division,” Valenti said. “He was looking for a driver because his son Jeffrey moved to Late Models and Modifieds. I was just out of a ride at the time.”

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Lang Opens With .750 Winning Percentage

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 30, 2012) — A three-time NASCAR track and state championship winner is off to a fast start again this year.

During Memorial Day weekend Naima Lang brought his NASCAR Super Late Model victory total to three in four starts at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash. Saturday he placed fourth in the first 50 lap feature won by two-time track champion Shane Harding. Lang won the second feature to maintain his leads in the track and state NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standings.

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Robertson Has Stellar Month at Bowman Gray

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A 17-year racing veteran at one of the nation’s most famous short tracks surged to a career-high mark this month.

Bryant Robertson is second in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series' Sportsman division track points at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., entering this Saturday’s Whelen Sportsman 100. The longest distance race of the year also offers double track points, making it an unpredictable ‘must see’ race.

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Gafforini Enjoying Fast Start In Vegas

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Scott Gafforini, his 15-year-old race car, and The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway are a winning trifecta – time and time again.

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Howard Piling Up Wins At Grandview

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Duane Howard knows what it’s like to be standing on the stage at the Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and be honored as one of the top NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers in the nation.

And he knows what it’s going to take to get back to Charlotte.

After dropping from third in 2010 to 57th last season, Howard is having the start to the season that has him in position to contend for the title through the summer and into the fall.

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Consistency Puts Schutz Near Front

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Chuck Schutz Jr. is motivated to improve just one position over last year’s performance in the NASCAR Finalist Division II dirt track point standings.

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