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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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April A Month For Tracks To ‘Go Green’

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

Twenty-nine NASCAR Whelen All American Series tracks in 17 states are scheduled to open in April.

April is traditionally the busiest month for weekly short tracks to open, with 16 tracks opening during the first two weekends. Included will be Motor Mile Speedway, a .416-mile paved oval in Radford, Va., that is the home track of three-time national champion Philip Morris.

NASCAR Home Tracks opening this Friday, April 2 include Tri-County Motor Speedway, a .400-mile paved oval in Hudson, N.C., and Kil-Kare Speedway, a .375-mile paved oval in Xenia, Ohio.

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Morris Honored By New Virginia Governor

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

A new administration welcomed three-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Philip Morris and his wife, Donna, to Virginia’s Governor’s office recently.

The Commonwealth’s new Governor Bob McDonnell congratulated Morris for the first time. Morris had also visited previous Governor Tim Kaine in Richmond for his 2008 national title.

“Governor McDonnell is a nice guy – very personable,” Morris said. “He’s a big NASCAR fan and was looking forward to going to Martinsville.”

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NWAAS Feature: Schild Winning Again

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

A third generation Texas driver opened the 2010 season with optimism in February.

Larry Schild III, 31, of Houston, Texas, was the nation’s first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points race winner of 2010. He won the Feb. 27 “Adrenaline on Asphalt” season-opening “Fiesta 50” NASCAR Late Model race at Houston Motorsports Park (HMP). HMP’s next NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race night is scheduled for this Saturday, March. 27.

Schild’s opening night victory snapped a winless streak stretched over the entire 2009 season.

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