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Smith Contending For Second Title At CNS

Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A pavement Late Model driver from the dirt-track dominated state of Nebraska makes a long haul to compete at Colorado’s premier paved oval.

Rick Smith, 50, of Gering, Neb., is contending for his second NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model track championship and first NASCAR state championship at Colorado National Speedway in Dacono, Colo.

Smith and the Mike Warren-owned car and its team travel more than three hours and nearly 200 miles one-way from Gering to compete at the Denver-area .375-mile asphalt oval.

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Pulliam Thankful For His Opportunity

Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Lee Pulliam is the antithesis of today’s supposedly younger racer enjoying a lot of success.

While most 20-something drivers competing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series have a resume that began when they were six or seven years old driving a go-kart, quarter midget or something along those lines, Pulliam didn’t begin driving that early.

Pulliam, from Semora, N.C., got what many might call a late start in racing at age 17, and although he might not have a long résumé, the 24-year-old has quickly built an impressive one.

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Willis Jr. Hopes To Get Back To Victory Lane

Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — One of the most frustrating scenarios a racer will go through during a season is having your car almost perfect – and then losing that edge when you are caught up in an on-track accident.

One driver who can attest to that statement is Danny Willis Jr., who competes in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division II Limited Late Model division at South Boston (Va.) Speedway.

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It’s All In The Family For Bruce Yackey

By Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Bruce Yackey has been around racing almost his entire life. The 46-year-old began working at his uncle’s local repair shop fixing and then later building small engines.

After graduating in 1984, Yackey began racing mini-stocks at Big Country Speedway in Cheyenne and knew then what he wanted to do in racing.

It appears Yackey made the right decision.

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Driver Aims For UNOH Battle At The Beach

Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — An Ohio NASCAR Late Model driver has returned to fulltime competition at two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks.

A determined Bobby Justus, 54, of Columbus is making a serious challenge for the Ohio State championship by running run the full schedule at Columbus Motor Speedway and also competing at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia in 2012.

The last time he ran the circuit full-time was in 2009. His pace slowed due to recovery from illness and surgery in 2010.

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NOTEBOOK: Riverhead Modified Tradition

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – It may have been a trio of 20-somethings that dominated the day on the track, but the Baldwin Evans Jarzombek Memorial 77 was all about celebrating the history of NASCAR Modified racing at Riverhead Raceway.

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Preece Wins Baldwin Evans Jarzombek 77

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Ryan Preece turned in a dominating performance Saturday night in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at Riverhead Raceway to take the checkered flag in the Baldwin Evans Jarzombek Memorial 77.

Preece, from Berlin, Conn., piloted the No. 20 Modified to its second win of the season at the Long Island bullring. It was his eighth Whelen All-American Series win overall this year. He entered the weekend ranked seventh in the Whelen All-American Series national standings.

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LIVE: NWAAS At Riverhead

The Baldwin Evans Jarzombek 77 will headline NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action tonight at Riverhead (N.Y.). For updates from the track throughout race day, please click here: LAP-BY-LAP

QUALIFYING  |  RESULTS

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Quintiliano Triumphant In Return To Stafford

Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 19, 2012) — A championship winning driver returned to weekly racing this year and made it back to victory lane this month.

Mike Quintiliano, 50, of Shelton, Conn., scored his first feature win in seven years on July 6. It was his 20th career NASCAR Late Model feature win at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Conn.

Quintiliano is bouncing back in competition. The 2000 track champion took an involuntary break from racing after a work-related injury.

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Larson Pulls Double Duty At Cedar Lake

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track and state champion has successfully doubled his Saturday night racing efforts this year.

Brent Larson, 34, of Lake Elmo, Minn., leads the NASCAR Division I dirt Late Model track points and is second in NASCAR Division II dirt Modified track points at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. He won the .375-mile track’s Late Model championship in 2007 and 2008, the latter accompanied by the NASCAR state championship. He’s vying for his first Cedar Lake Modified title this year.

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