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Preece Takes Advantage Of Opportunity

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season was a test of mettle for driver Ryan Preece. He made the grade with a championship winning year.

After four full-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour seasons, Preece, 21, of Berlin, Conn., parted with his tour team last December. He began a brief job search that resulted in two full-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified rides. He also wound up with 10 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts with four different teams.

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Langley Champ Falk Continues Ascent

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — C.E. Falk III won his third consecutive Langley Speedway track championship in 2011. Falk, 24, of Virginia Beach, Va., also improved his finishing position in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national points to a career-high fourth place.

His national ranking was fifth in 2010 and sixth in 2009. He also placed third in 2011 state NASCAR standings behind national champion Philip Morris and Lee Pulliam.

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Glendenning Finally Celebrates In Iowa

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A veteran of more than two decades of dirt Late Model racing won his first track championship in 2011. Paul Glendenning, 47, of Mt. Ayr, Iowa also won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Iowa championship competing at Adams County Speedway in Corning.

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Establishing Successful Track Records

By Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- At the same time Danica Patrick dominated the headlines with her switch from open-wheel racing to full-time stock cars next season and shone the spotlight on females competing in NASCAR, women enjoyed tremendous success throughout NASCAR in 2011. No where was that more evident than in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the sanctioning body's grassroots foundation.

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Monteith Accomplishes Goals at Kingsport

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Late Model driver Nate Monteith set some challenging goals when former NASCAR driver Robert Pressley reopened the long-shuttered Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway in March.

Win the most Late Model feature races at the track. Check.

Win the NASCAR track championship. Check.

Win NASCAR's Tennessee championship. Check.

Finish with a top-10 position in the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings. Check.

Missions accomplished.

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Evergreen, Magic Valley Chart New Courses

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two western states NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks are on the upswing after successful 2011 seasons.

Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., had new direction from new management this year. And Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho, got its highly successful NASCAR program back on track.

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NASCAR Announces Talent For Banquets

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR has announced the entertainment and emcees for the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet and NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards Gala, held Dec. 9-10 in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Crown Ballroom in Charlotte, N.C.

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Braden Nets Quite A Haul In First Year

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Travis Braden wasn’t hindered by his lack of experience in pavement Late Model racing this year. Braden, 17, of Wheeling, W.Va., won track title at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Ohio championship.

Along the way, he also claimed the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Rookie of the Year Award presented by Jostens.

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Myers Numbers Adding Up At Bowman Gray

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Burt Myers bounced back from early-season adversity to win his fifth career championship at NASCAR’s longest running weekly short track.

Myers, 35, of Walnut Cove, N.C., won the GMAC Insurance Modified Series championship at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series title was his fifth overall and second straight at the .250-mile paved oval. He also captured the North Carolina championship for the second consecutive year.

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Davis Completes Transition At Toyota

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Brandon Davis transitioned from a championship road-course racer to a championship NASCAR driver in 2011.

In his second year driving in the Late Model Division at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.), Brandon Davis, 26, of Huntington Beach, Calif., won the track and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series California titles.

Davis moved to NASCAR Late Models at the .500-mile paved Irwindale track in 2010 after winning the 2009 SCCA World Challenge GT driving championship.

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