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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.> More
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.> More
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.> More
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.> More
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.> More
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.> More
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.> More
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.> More