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Rodgers Wins Beech Ridge Title In Close Race


Emerges From Trio Of Contenders For Division Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Bill Rodgers won the closest NASCAR Pro Series division point race in the 63-year history of Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in 2011. The margin of a single point gained Rogers, 47, of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship. He also won the 2011 NASCAR state championship.

Rodgers’ season got a big assist when he was joined by the crew that helped the late Bub Bilodeau win three track championships and two state titles. Bilodeau passed away from an apparent heart attack at the track on June 5, 2010.

“Bub’s crew chief Tom Nason and I got together last winter,” Rodgers said. “His guys didn’t have a team to race with, and I never had a full-time crew like theirs before. Having the same crew consistently brought more consistency out of the car. That’s what put us in the position to compete for the championship.”

Rodgers entered the final race night with a one-point lead over Trevor Sandborn, 22, of East Parsonsfield, Maine, and two ahead of Aaron Ricker, 21, of Tamworth, N.H. All three were competing for their first Beech Ridge championship.

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Helliwell Repeats As New Hampshire Champ

Earned Fourth Track Title At Lee Despite Division Change

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Driver Wayne Helliwell Jr. thrived in 2011 despite a major change in his NASCAR Home Track’s featured division.

Helliwell, 34, of Dover, N.H., won his fourth consecutive NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship at Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway in 2011. His most recent track title was accompanied by his second consecutive NASCAR state championship.

The big variable between the 2010 and 2011 seasons was Lee’s switch in NASCAR Division I status to small block Supermodifieds. Helliwell’s previous championships came in the full bodied Late Models and Sportsman cars.

The adjustment to the winged open wheel division seemed natural to Helliwell.

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