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Johnson Finds Success Quickly

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Justin Johnson went into the season hoping for at least one victory. He wound up winning two NASCAR championships.

The 25-year-old Las Vegas driver piled up 10 wins, 18 top fives and 19 top 10s in 19 starts to earn the Pepsi Super Late Model Division championship at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.). In the process, Johnson also captured the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series California title.

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Pressley Continues Kingsport Renaissance

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR and Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway announced today that the .375-mile banked concrete oval will be part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series beginning in 2011.

Robert Pressley, an Asheville, N.C. native and two-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series regional champion in his driving days, is the new promoter at Kingsport.  The historic track has operated only sporadically hosting special events since 2002. 

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Bozell Adds To His Championship Collection

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Andy Bozell’s standing as a driving force in Michigan asphalt Late Model racing was elevated again in 2010, with his 12th Outlaw Super Late Model division championship at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Speedway.

The track title is accompanied by his third NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Michigan championship. He also won a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Heartland Region championship under a previous regional format in 2004.

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Roots Run Deep For Rockford's Knaus

By Jason Christley

As Jimmie Johnson was celebrating his historic achievement on track Sunday, his crew chief, Chad Knaus, turned to a television camera and held up a note card. He had a simple message written on it: ‘Our team won.’

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Thunderhill Joins Whelen All-American Series

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR and Thunderhill Raceway announced today that the Kyle, Texas, track will join the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series beginning in 2011.

The .375-mile D-shaped paved oval is located south of Austin and will be part of a unique partnership with Houston Motorsports Park designed to provide more championship racing opportunities for its fans and competitors.

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Rowe Repeats As Maine Champion

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Even in a self-professed down year, Mike Rowe was able to add to his championship resume.

The 60-year-old from Turner, Maine, collected his second straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Maine championship. Rowe, who has won multiple track and series championships throughout New England, brought home his first NASCAR title last year. He successfully defended that crown by a slim five-point margin over Dan McKeage.

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Reno-Fernley To Be Sanctioned In 2011

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR and Reno-Fernley Raceway announced today that the .375-mile banked clay oval will be part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series beginning in 2011.

The desert jewel is located 30 miles east of Reno, Nev., just south of Fernley, Nev. It originally opened in 1998. The natural terrain provided a bowl-like setting for the track.

The facility is owned by Rich Cable and promoted by Jan Hodges. It will host NASCAR sanctioned races on Saturday nights and dirt Modifieds will be the oval’s Division I.

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Ward Adds To Trophy Case

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Marty Ward etched a sixth NASCAR championship title on the walls of fame at historic Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway, in 2010.

The accomplishment ties Ward with retired driver Donnie Bishop as the .500-mile paved oval’s all-time leading track championship winner. Along with the track title, Ward also won his third consecutive NASCAR Whelen All-American Series South Carolina championship in 2010.

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Backyard Provides Missing Piece For McKeage

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Winning the Pro Series Division championship at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway was anything but child’s play for Dan McKeage. But that’s exactly what the car he drove to the title was until it was put back on track this year.

The 33-year-old Gorham, Maine, driver won his first NASCAR championship with a car that he had once discarded.

When McKeage and his team built a new car in 2008, he took the chassis from the previous car and turned it into a jungle-gym for his twin boys, Daniel and Shawn, now six.

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Dirt Late Model Vet Zeitner Wins Iowa Title

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A father and son finished one-two for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Iowa championship.

And the duo wouldn’t want it any other way.

Racing head-to-head in the Coors Light Late Model division every Saturday night at Adams County Speedway, Leon Zeitner won the track and state titles by 31 points over his son, Justin.

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