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Chunn Back On Track At All American

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

For Ron Chunn, just getting back on track is a victory. But the 39-year-old Sacramento, Calif., driver is motivated to reach Victory Lane in the 2010 racing season at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif., in hopes of rewarding those who had faith him as he fought a difficult battle off the track.

Chunn joined a great team with a great ride last year when he was invited last year to drive the No. 44 Carter Flygare Inc. Chevrolet for Late Model owner Carter Flygare at All American. The two put together a dedicated all-volunteer crew.

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Miller Ready For Madhouse Redux

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

Junior Miller thinks he’s in for the time of his life this racing season at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., and that says a lot.

Miller, who turned 59 on April 26, is rejuvenated this year. He’s a man with goals, rivals and a brand new race team that is his own.

Miller is known as “The King of Southern Modifieds” for good reasons. He’s the all-time leading feature winner at Bowman Gray. If, and more likely when, he gets his next feature win at the Stadium, his current string of 71 feature wins will touch five consecutive decades that started there in the 1970s.

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All-American Series Hits High Gear

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

The final dozen NASCAR Home Tracks begin opening this weekend for the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season. The tracks opening in May are those in the northern-most locations, including four that span Canada through three provinces.

Added to this weekend’s track openings are revised opening days for Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway and Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Automotive Lifestyle Keeps Moore On The Go

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

A second-generation winning race car driver revolves in an automotive lifestyle. Bob Moore, 46, of Sioux City, Iowa, works at a pair of family businesses: Coney Used Cars in Sioux City, and Park Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, S.D. Moore’s father, Denny, operates the .400-mile NASCAR Whelen All-American Series dirt track.

To complete his week, the younger Moore also races in the dirt Modified division at the track. He won the division’s feature on April 17.

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Blackard Resets Title Goal At Colorado

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

Armed with a commitment to win his first track championship and experience to back it up, veteran driver Eric “Blackie” Blackard opened his season with a win at Colorado National Speedway in Dacono, Colo. Blackard, 41, of Lakewood, Colo., won the 30-lap Pair-A-Dice Sportsman Division at the Denver-area .375-mile paved oval on opening night, April 10. The track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series premier Late Model division opens its season this Saturday, April 17.

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First Late Model Feature Win For Wimbish

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

Careful preparations for the season and some heads-up driving helped Grant Wimbish win his first career NASCAR Late Model feature to open his season.

Wimbish, 28, of Hickory, N.C., won the season opening 100-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles Late Model feature at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, N.C., Friday, April 3. It was an exciting way to open the season for the division’s Rookie of the Year Award winner in 2008.

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NASCAR, Whelen Extend Relationship

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and Whelen Engineering, Inc., have announced an extension that will see Whelen remain as the entitlement sponsor for three of NASCAR’s developmental series through the 2019 racing season.

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Veteran Promoter Blackwell Passes Away

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tom Blackwell, longtime NASCAR track promoter and a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame voting committee, passed away Wednesday night. He was 81.

Blackwell operated and was the former owner of Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway, the second- oldest race track in NASCAR. He has been involved with the track since 1955, when his family purchased the half-mile paved oval from the Garrison family and then-track promoter Bill France Sr.

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Lake County Joins All-American Series

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – One of the shortest of American short tracks has joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series starting this month.

Lake County Speedway, a .200-mile paved oval in Painesville, Ohio, will feature NASCAR-sanctioned stock-car racing on Saturday nights and begins its 52nd season April 24.

The track features concrete surfaces in the turns and includes a Figure 8 track. The Sportsman division will be the NASCAR featured division.

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Piercy Helping Hickory Add To Its Legacy

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

Few NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks have helped produced more NASCAR racing stars over the generations than Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. It’s a 59-year-old short track that holds stock car racing’s DNA in its pavement and the dirt beneath it. The place continues to uphold its reputation for hard core stock car racing every season, every Saturday night.

Second-year track operator Kevin Piercy knows Hickory is special. It’s part of his racing blood, too.

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