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3 Champions Head To Irwindale With BMR

By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Fresh off a championship season, Bill McAnally Racing has announced a special lineup of 2010 NASCAR champions who will compete under the BMR banner in next month’s NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown.

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Champions Honored In Awards Gala

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In a place where NASCAR history is on display, its future was celebrated as six champions in NASCAR’s developmental series were honored during the Night of Champions Touring Awards Gala in the Crown Ballroom at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

The festivities featured the champions and top drivers from all of NASCAR’s North American regional touring series, who gathered for the special year-end celebration in the heartland of stock-car racing.

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COLUMN: Family Ties Champions Together

By Travis Barrett, Special To

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's had the Frances, the Pearsons, the Earnhardts and the Labontes.

NASCAR has long been about family, something the sport worked hard to promote almost from its inception. In recent years, as the sport has boomed, it's no secret that NASCAR's traditional fan base felt a shift away from those values as things came more "corporate."

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NOTEBOOK: Long Journey For Quiroga

By Travis Barrett, Special to

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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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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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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Twice As Nice: Quiroga Defends Title

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico -- Germán Quiroga became the first driver to win back-to-back NASCAR Mexico Series championships, and Jorge Goeters finished off 2010 with his second victory of the season in the Pennzoil 240 at Nuevo Autódromo de Aguascalientes Sunday.

Quiroga, who only needed to start the final race to clinch the title, finished fourth behind Goeters, Rafael Martínez  and Jorge Goeters. Quiroga ended with 2173 points, 150 over runner-up Homero Richards and 206 over 2007 series champion Martínez.

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Ramirez Scores First Victory

Official Release

CHIAPAS, Mexico -- José Luis Ramírez scored his first NASCAR Mexico Series win Sunday, capturing the Goodyear Racing 240km at Autódromo de Chiapas, and Germán Quiroga nearly wrapped up his second straight championship.

Ramírez earned his first pole position Saturday and led twice for 33 laps on the 1.2km oval Sunday en route to the victory. He took the lead for the final time from Quiroga on a restart with 20 to go.

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Celebrating Jim Hunter

Jim Hunter's influence was felt throughout NASCAR, from the Sprint Cup drivers he counseled and the media he befriended. His biggest footprint was felt in the short-tracks, which held a special place in his heart. He always called them the foundation on which NASCAR was built, and was always quick to remind people that this sport owed its existance to the local tracks, drivers and fans, and their passion.

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Legendary NASCAR VP Jim Hunter Dies

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Hunter, whose career in motorsports spanned portions of six decades as both a journalist and public relations professional, died last night in Daytona Beach, Fla. following a 12-month battle with cancer. He was 71.

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