Bowling Maintains National Lead Over Rocco
Five More Whelen All-American Track Champions Crowned
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Not only did Ryan Preece keep Keith Rocco out of Victory Lane – twice – but he also kept the Connecticut driver from taking over the top spot in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings.
Preece swept the 25-lap Sunoco Modified Division features last Wednesday at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsport Park. He took the lead from Rocco with five laps left in the second feature to cap the night.
With the two runner-up finishes at Thompson, paired with a fifth-place run at Stafford Motor Speedway Friday and a 16th at New London-Waterford Speedbowl Saturday, Rocco was unable to improve his national points total and remained one point behind Matt Bowling in the championship race.
Bowling, from Ridgeway, Virginia, has led the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings the entire year. The 22-year-old has piled up 11 wins, 28 top fives and 34 top 10s in 38 starts running his Late Model at six asphalt tracks throughout the southeast. He leads Rocco, 657-656. Rocco has 12 wins, 25 top fives and 33 top 10s running his asphalt Modified at the three Connecticut NASCAR tracks.
The final day for points to count toward NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championships is Sunday, Sept. 18.
As the racing season winds down across the United States and Canada, the crowning of 2016 track champions has begun.
Tony Anderson edged five-time track champion Todd Sherman to claim the K&N Filters Modified title at Limaland Speedway in Lima, Ohio. A pair of Michigan titles were decided with Dave Zagaiski earning the Budweiser Outlaw Late Model title at Berlin Speedway and Mark Shook taking home the Outlaw Super Late Model crown at Kalamazoo Speedway. Ronnie McCarty successfully defended his Late Model Stock Car title at Kingsport (Tennessee) Speedway, and AJ Diemel won the dirt Late Model title at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin.
Last week, Burt Myers claimed his seventh Modified championship at North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium.
Both Bowling and Rocco are also moving closer to track titles.
Bowling finished fourth at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway Saturday and leads former national champion Peyton Sellers by 50 points with a pair of 75-lap Late Model features remaining this Saturday.
Rocco, the 2010 national champion, is in position to win his 12th and 13th track titles. He leads Preece by 23 points at Thompson, while he trails Dennis Perry by two points with three races remaining at New London-Waterford. Thirteen titles would move him into a five-way tie for third all-time behind only Joe Kosiski of Nebraska (17) and Jeff Strunk of Pennsylvania (15).
But Bowling and Rocco have been joined in the national championship picture by Ty Majeski, who jumped up from 10th to third.
The 22-year-old from Seymour, Wisconsin, finished eighth and 10th in Super Late Model features at Minnesota’s Elko Speedway. After starting the season winning the Super Late Model crown at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna (Florida) Speedway in February, Majeski continued his winning ways at LacCrosse Speedway in Wisconsin. He has 12 wins, 16 top fives and 18 top 10s in 19 starts.
With LaCrosse’s season over until 47th Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend in October, Majeski is planning on races at Elko and Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin. He still has the opportunity to make up the most ground, with his two worst finishes being 18 and 22 points of a maximum 41.
Bowling’s worst finishes are three 32s, while Rocco’s are four 32s.
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I drivers are ranked by their best 18 NASCAR points finishes in series-sanctioned events. Drivers receive two points for every car they finish ahead of – up to 18 cars – and three points for a win, with an additional two points available if the driver starts 10th or lower.
Majeski’s progress bumped Trevor Huddleston to fourth and three-time national champion Lee Pulliam to fifth. Huddleston finishes his season at California’s Irwindale Speedway on Sept. 10, where he holds a 36-point lead on Nick Joanides. Pulliam recorded a second- and third-place finish at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia, and leads four-time national champion Philip Morris by 34 points heading into the finale at Motor Mile on Sept. 10.
Seven tracks will crown their champions this weekend, including the first NASCAR champion in Alaska at Alaska Raceway Park. Madison finishes with a pair of Late Model features, while titles will also be decided at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine; Chemung (New York) Speedrome; Holland (New York) International Speedway; I-80 Speedway in Omaha, Nebraska; and Spencer Speedway in Williamson, New York.
In addition to track champions, U.S. state and Canadian province champions will also be determined over the next three weeks.
The 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I national champion, as well as track champions from 58 tracks, U.S. state and Canadian provincial champions, national champions from Div. II through V, top rookies and special award winners will be honored at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards on Friday, Dec. 9 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame / NASCAR Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars are among the many showcases for Whelen products.
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