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News & Notes: West To Kick Off Season In Texas At Thunderhill

Official Release

The NASCAR Camping World Series West is set to kick off its 2009 season with the Allstate Texas Thunder 150 (click here for race event page) at Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, Texas, on Saturday, March 14.

It marks the fifth consecutive year for Full Throttle Productions to put on the series event at the .375-mile Texas track and the second time for the series to launch its season at the facility just south of Austin.

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25 And Counting For Sellers

By Kevin Green, NASCAR

At NASCAR’s premier developmental level, the NASCAR Camping World Series serves as a stepping stone to many young drivers with aspirations of competing on a national stage. But for one driver, the series is his racing home and has been for nearly a quarter of a century.

Jack Sellers, who will turn 65 this summer, will be celebrating his 25th season when the NASCAR Camping World Series West kicks off its 2009 campaign with the Allstate Texas Thunder 150 at Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, Texas, on March 14.

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'Rowdy' Adds Iowa Speedway To His All-Star Weekend Itinerary

Track Release

Kyle Busch, the winner of the recent NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will race at Iowa Speedway. Busch, who has won nine of 39 Cup Races since moving to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2008, is scheduled to compete in Newton Sunday, May 17, in the NASCAR Camping World Series East/West Challenge.

Busch said he’s looking forward to racing at Iowa Speedway.  

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Bumbera Ready To Get Rolling

By The 909 Group

Drive for Diversity participant Kristin Bumbera is ready to begin the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Series East season next month, but the 21-year-old racer is still receiving recognition for her on and off-track performance in 2008. The Sealy, Texas native was recently honored as the 2008 Drive for Diversity Participant of the Year at the annual NASCAR Diversity Awards Luncheon.

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Plenty In Store For Holmes

By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR

Eric Holmes learned a lot about his primary sponsor, NAPA Auto Parts, during his first season driving for Bill McAnally Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Series West in 2008. After winning his second championship in three years, Holmes ended up learning even more about the auto parts business in the offseason – becoming a part-owner in two NAPA Auto Parts stores.

Holmes went into business with long-time friend Phil Tilbury Jr., in the purchase of the NAPA store in his hometown of Escalon, Calif., and another NAPA store in nearby Riverbank.

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D4D Introduces '09 Driver Lineup

By Official Release

CONCORD, N.C. – The Drive for Diversity initiative continues to move forward in 2009 with an expanded driver lineup and a new management group. Twelve drivers will participate in the sixth season of Drive for Diversity -- four in the Camping World Series and eight in the Whelen All-American Series. In addition, former Dale Earnhardt Inc. president Max Siegel and his new marketing and entertainment company, 909 Group, will take over day-to-day management of the initiative (read more).

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Toyota All-Star Showdown To Air Live On SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

By Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As the engines fire up at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, race fans from coast to coast will be able to tune in to all the action of the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. For the first time, NASCAR’s premier short-track racing event will air live on SIRIUS XM Radio.

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Siegel to manage D4D initiative

Special to Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

Former Dale Earnhardt Inc. president Max Siegel will conduct the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program through his new sports and entertainment marketing agency, The 909 Group, NASCAR announced Wednesday.
 
The Drive for Diversity program had been outsourced to Access Marketing & Communications for its initial five years, and NASCAR has now contracted it out to Siegel, who sees his new opportunity as one where he can have a broad impact on the sport.
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News & Notes: Rip, Roaring And Ready To Go For The Showdown

By Official Release

Rip Michels knows one thing: There’s going to be a party after the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. He just hopes he’s in the middle of it all.

“We want that Showdown really bad,” said Michels. “I’ve led laps there. I feel like I’m always in contention but at the end of the night, it’s always somebody else walking out with the girl and I’m sitting there pretty bummed out.”

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Crafton Returns To Site Of Dramatic Finish For Showdown

By Kevin Green, NASCAR

It was the site of one of Matt Crafton’s most dramatic stock car races. And it was the site of his only race in the NASCAR Camping World Series. The location was Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.) and the date was Nov. 11, 2000.

Crafton – a second-generation driver from Tulare, Calif., who had just wrapped up that year’s championship in the former NASCAR Southwest Tour – was making his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Series West season finale.

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