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NOTEBOOK: Long Journey For Quiroga

By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Even after NASCAR began sanctioning the NASCAR Mexico Series in 2007, German Quiroga wondered if he'd ever make the trip to championship week.

In that first year under the NASCAR banner, Quiroga won four races but finished second in the most important one -- the final event of the season -- only to lose the championship by a single point. In 2008, Quiroga entered the final event with a sizeable lead atop the standings only to encounter trouble in that race and lose the championship a second time.

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Rocco Crowned Whelen All-American Champ

Official Release

CONCORD, N.C. – Keith Rocco’s breakthrough season culminated Friday night with his coronation as the 2010 national champion at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet at the Charlotte Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Rocco, 25, from Wallingford, Conn., also collected his third straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Connecticut championship, as well as the asphalt Modified Division track titles at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway and Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl.

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NOTEBOOK: Family Drives Rocco's Title

By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- During the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series banquet at the Crown Ballroom at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Jeff Rocco joked that he was born minutes before his twin brother Keith -- in the "only race he ever let me win."

While that may be true, the twins made a trip to Victory Lane together on Friday night, as Keith Rocco was crowned the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion. Jeff Rocco serves as the crew chief for Keith at Stafford Motor Speedway.

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NOTEBOOK: Helliwell Cashes On 2nd Chance

By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Wayne Helliwell Jr. thought he had gotten a crack at this celebrating a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series title once before.

But after running away with the New Hampshire state championship a few years ago, Helliwell lost it after encountering what he coined "technical issues" with his home track of Lee USA Speedway in Lee, N.H. Given another opportunity in 2010, though, Helliwell finally capped off a Whelen All-American Series championship season at Lee USA with nine wins in the track's Late Model division.

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Whelen All-American Series Set For 30th Season Of Competition In 2011

Official Release

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Track operators and promoters of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and NASCAR touring series events joined the Champions Week celebration to close out a successful 2010 season.

At the group’s gathering in the morning at the Charlotte Convention Center, NASCAR officials highlighted the importance of the series’ history and spoke about the upcoming 30th season of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. A special anniversary logo was unveiled for next season.

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Santos Wins Karting Showdown

By Tim Southers, NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bobby Santos added another title to his racing resume Wednesday.

Santos, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, came from the rear of the field to win the Third Annual NASCAR Champions/Media Showdown at Victory Lane Indoor Karting in Charlotte on Wednesday.

“It was a lot of fun racing with those guys,” said Santos, who started 13th in the 14-kart field. “It was interesting coming up through the field and made it a lot of fun. I want to thank NASCAR and all the media for putting this on, it was a lot of fun.”

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2010 Champions Carry On Legacy Of Pioneers

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – DJ Kennington doesn’t even hesitate when he’s asked what it means to him to be a NASCAR champion.

“It means everything to me,” said Kennington, the 2010 champion of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1. “It’s what I’ve tried to do for as long as I could remember.

“I always watched the Daytona 500, and then the Cup races on Sundays, and I always wanted to be there. And now that I can actually say I’m a NASCAR champion is pretty cool.”

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Destination Charlotte

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With the culmination of the NASCAR season looming at the end of the week, track promoters, drivers and officials are preparing to descend on Charlotte, N.C., for the celebration of the outstanding achievements in 2010.

Keith Rocco of Wallingford, Conn., will be in the spotlight Friday, Dec. 10 at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet, where he will be officially presented with the championship trophy for his first national title.

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Rocco Brings Home First National Title

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

Keith Rocco spent the better part of three summers leading the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race, only to watch the title slip away in the closing weeks.

Determined to change that in 2010, Rocco put together one of the more remarkable championship runs in the history of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Rocco won six of his first seven points races en route to a 21-win season, and clinched the national championship with more than a month remaining in the season.

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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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