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NASCAR Champ Bobby Labonte to Race for NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Title

First American NASCAR Champion to Compete Full-time in the International Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 9, 2018) –  The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is about to get some American flavor.

Bobby Labonte, the first driver to win championships in two different NASCAR national series, will compete fulltime in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2018 in hopes of adding an international title to his Hall of Fame-worthy career. Labonte will drive the No. 18 Yacco Toyota for RDV Competition.

“Joining the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is a great opportunity,” said Bobby Labonte. “At the Brands Hatch race last year, I was definitely impressed by the competitiveness of the series. The testing we did with Fredric Gabillon last fall and putting this together with Franck Violas and the RDV team gives me a great advantage.  Having the opportunity to represent Yacco as a sponsor on a global level just adds to the excitement, and I look forward to all the growth and new opportunities this could bring.”

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NASCAR Announces Key Strategic Personnel Moves

Cassidy, Seigler Take Key International Posts; Kennedy Assumes Camping World Truck Series Leadership Role

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2018) – NASCAR today announced key leadership appointments across its growing international business landscape and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Jim Cassidy has been named to the new leadership position of Chief International Officer, reporting into Steve O’Donnell, Executive Vice President, and Chief Racing Development Officer.  Charged with growing the NASCAR brand of racing internationally, Cassidy will oversee all international competition and commercial operations, building on the success of NASCAR’s three international series with the NASCAR Pinty’s Series in Canada, NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

“Jim brings nearly two decades of racing operations and industry leadership experience.  He has worked tirelessly to grow our existing motorsports properties outside of the U.S and will lead our efforts to identify important growth opportunities internationally for our sport and its growing fan base,” said O’Donnell. 

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Dreams Realized for Champions from Across the Globe

NASCAR Home Tracks Awards Spotlights Accomplishments

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For a 17-year-old, Todd Gilliland was in a familiar situation when he took the stage at the Charlotte Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Friday night.

He had, after all, done this all before. Just one year ago.

“Ever since I was little, all I wanted to do was drive a race car,” said Gilliland. “When I got that chance to do that for Bill McAnally Racing, I really wanted to win him a championship. And now I’m here giving my speech for my second year in a row; 2017 has been a dream season.”

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NASCAR, Whelen Announce Multi-Year Extensions

Will Sponsor Whelen Mod Tour, Whelen Euro Series Through 2024

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR and Whelen Engineering, Inc. announced today multi-year extensions to continue its entitlement sponsorship of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series through 2024. Additionally, Whelen will also extend its designation as the “Official Warning Lights of NASCAR.”

“More than a decade of successful partnership has resulted in Whelen Engineering being deeply connected to many levels of our sport,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series are critical to reaching fans, developing talent and delivering great racing both domestically and abroad.” 

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR’s oldest division of racecars, is the premiere asphalt modified circuit in the nation. With a history dating back to Daytona Beach in 1948, the tour features a mix of passionate, veteran drivers with emerging young talent and includes races from New England to South Carolina. 

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News & Notes: Zolder Finals

Great Battle to Crown the European NASCAR Champion To Highlight Unique Zolder Weekend

Twenty-four weeks after the green flag dropped in Valencia, the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will reach its culmination on October 8-9 at Circuit Zolder, Belgium, with an extraordinary event, packed with action, drama, fun and passion on and off the track.

If the first edition of the American Festival Circuit Zolder Finals was a huge success last year and gathered to the Belgian track more than 25.000 fans for an unforgettable weekend, the 2016 edition promises to be even bigger and better, thanks to a massive dose of door-to-door action on track, a huge choice of American-themed attractions to entertain all the family and NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon serving as Grand Marshal on Sunday, October 9th.

After bringing the NWES cars to downtown Hasselt on Thursday, October 6th with a unique parade, tech inspections open to the public and a special autograph session, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will be on the 4,011 Km of Circuit Zolder and the final battle of the 2016 season will begin!
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Jeff Gordon Named Grand Marshal For The NWES Finals

NASCAR Legend Will Visit The Circuit Zolder Finals On October 9

In what will be a historic moment for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and NASCAR fans all over Europe, 4-time NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon is scheduled to visit the Euro-NASCAR Finals in Zolder on Sunday, October 9th and serve as Grand Marshal for the ELITE 1 race that will determine the European Champion title.

“I’ve been to Zolder before, and I am really looking forward to seeing the NASCAR Euro Series race there,” said Gordon, who will say the ‘Most Famous Words In Motorsports’ at 16:04 CET, just before the NWES cars will roll off the grid for the last race of the 2016 season. “I’ve become friends with (series points leader) Anthony Kumpen and I’ve heard great things about the series popularity. I’m looking forward to seeing it first hand.”

Gordon’s four NASCAR Cup Series titles, 93 wins, and  81 pole positions only tell part of the story of a driver who greatly contributed to the growth of NASCAR and whose popularity spread all over the world during his 26-year NASCAR career and his current tenure as a NASCAR on FOX analyst. A role model and a hero for many NASCAR Whelen Euro Series drivers and fans, the 45-year-old Vallejo, California native is universally recognized as a Motorsports ambassador and his off-track initiatives like Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation cast a positive influence outside the sport’s confines.

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NASCAR Touring & Weekly Champions Will Celebrate In Charlotte

Returns to Convention Center, NASCAR Hall For Two Nights of Awards

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2016) – NASCAR champions from across the globe will return to Charlotte, North Carolina, in December to celebrate their 2016 season.

For the seventh consecutive year, the NASCAR Hall of Fame at the Charlotte Convention Center will play host to the awards shows which honor the top drivers in NASCAR’s weekly and touring series.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards, which celebrates the top short-track drivers in the United States and Canada, will be on Friday, Dec. 9. The NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards takes place the following evening, Saturday, Dec. 10.
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Brandon Gdovic Says Yes to EuroNASCAR Opportunity in Spain

China Grove, N.C. (April 11, 2016) – Fresh off the heels of announcing his return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series, reigning Lamborghini Gallardo World Champion Brandon Gdovic announces plans to compete in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series’ Valencia NASCAR Fest in the No. 46 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS April 23-24 at Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain.
24-year-old Gdovic is no stranger to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. He made his debut in 2015 at Autodromo dell’Umbria in Magione, Italy capturing two top-five and three top-10 finishes in four races in the Elite 1 and Elite 2 divisions. Gdovic hopes to duplicate this success in EuroNASCAR’s season opener at the 14-turn, 2.517-mile Valencian road course.
“I am excited about getting to go overseas again to race in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series thanks to our relationship with Anthony Kumpen and Jerome Galpin,” said Gdovic. “Our relationship with the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series provides us with some amazing opportunities. I had a lot of fun competing last year and look forward to racing at a new track”.

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RDV Compétition: Development, Stability And Great Ambitions

Gabillon and Delsaux to race in ELITE 1, Hugo and Didier Bec in ELITE 2

RDV Compétition will enter the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season with strong ambitions and a revised lineup that looks at stability and evolution to provide the best chances to its drivers. The team’s lineup is entirely confirmed, as is Claude Gallopin in the crew-chief role, but there will be some adjustments, as Frederic Gabillon and Ulysse Delsaux will race in the ELITE 1 Division, while Hugo and Didier Bec will take on the ELITE 2 Division. The Team owner Franck Violas is also working to confirm soon a 3rd car entry.

Frederic Gabillon will once again lead RDV Compétition in the ELITE 1 Division in what will be his second season with the team and the fourth in the European NASCAR Championship. The Frenchman, who is second in the all-time NWES winners list with 5 wins, will drive the #3 Tepac Ford Mustang, aiming straight at the title.

“We had speed last year, but we missed a little bit of luck. We are working harder than ever to build on this year of experience together and I can’t wait to drive the 2016 Ford Mustang. We choose a livery inspired to the one I raced in 1999, when I was French and European Champion in the Megane Trophy,” said the Uzes-native, who finished sixth in points in 2015. “We will have a new chassis and the team has a new, bigger factory. The effort is impressive, I believe we will have what it takes to contend and I have to thank Tepac for supporting me in my entire career.”

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Byron & Eggleston Battle for Bragging Rights

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – The racing was all in fun, but a race car driver is always a race car driver and it was never more evident in a pair of races held during the seventh annual Champions Karting Challenge Thursday.

William Byron was nudged out of the lead in the final lap by Chris Eggleston in the Media & Champions Race at GoPro Motorplex, and the NASCAR Next driver returned the favor in the Champions Race. For the second year in a row, the seven NASCAR touring series champions and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion competed at the popular road course in a pair of races.

For Byron it was sweet revenge – all in fun – of course, to pick up the win over Eggleston in a battle between NASCAR K&N Pro Series champions.

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NASCAR Names Miller as Senior Vice President of Competition

Veteran Team Executive to Guide Day-to-Day Management of Competition Efforts across All Sanctioned Racing Events

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2015) – NASCAR announced today that Scott Miller has joined the organization as Senior Vice President of Competition, responsible for managing all competition efforts related to technology, inspection, rule development and officiating across NASCAR’s wide portfolio of racing.

Miller will report directly to Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell, and work closely with Senior Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development Gene Stefanyshyn. All three are based at NASCAR’s Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C.

Miller most recently served as Executive Vice President of Competition at Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR). There he was responsible for managing all areas of competition. During his four-year tenure, MWR teams qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2012, 2013, and 2015.

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Voting Opens For Most Popular Driver

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  – As on-track competition comes to a conclusion, there’s another showdown on the line in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR’s seven touring series, as voting for the Most Popular Driver Awards begins on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Chase Elliott looks to defend his NASCAR XFINITY Series Most Popular Driver title while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is guaranteed a new winner. Fans can vote once per day online for the Most Popular Driver Awards at
Voting is open and runs through Friday, Nov. 20 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Saturday, Nov. 21 for the NASCAR XFINITY Series, prior to the respective season finale races at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Voting for the seven NASCAR touring series will also conclude Saturday, Nov. 21.

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NASCAR to Celebrate Weekly & Touring Champions in Charlotte

Convention Center, NASCAR Hall of Fame To Host Two Nights Of Awards

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2015) – NASCAR champions from across North America and from Europe will gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, in December to be honored for their accomplishments in the 2015 season.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards, which recognizes the top short-track drivers in the United States and Canada, will be on Friday, Dec. 11. The NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards will be Saturday, Dec. 12.

Both awards events will be held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame / Charlotte Convention Center. It is the sixth year that the venues will host the celebration of the top drivers in NASCAR’s weekly and touring series.

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Fanatics Introduces New Line Of NASCAR Home Tracks Apparel

Touring & Weekly Series Gear Now Available

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2015) – A new line of NASCAR Home Tracks apparel is available for fans to purchase on the Superstore powered by Fanatics.

In partnering with Fanatics, the largest retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise, this marks the first time that officially licensed items are available under one banner for each of NASCAR’s regional touring and weekly series.

Through the Superstore powered by Fanatics, fans can now purchase both men’s and women’s t-shirts and sweatshirts in multiple colors. Items are available for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, NASCAR Mexico Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

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Whelen Euro Series Champ Returns to U.S.

Seeks Top-10 In K&N Pro Series East At New Hampshire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s a whole different racing game, and reigning NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion Anthony Kumpen is about to get another spin.

Kumpen, who made his U.S. NASCAR debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this past February at New Smyrna Speedway, will embark on a string of four more U.S. races beginning Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the K&N Pro Series East United Services 70.

His schedule is part of Nexteer’s “Road To Daytona” program, a NASCAR Whelen Euro Series partnership with Nexteer giving top Whelen Euro Series drivers the opportunity to showcase their talent on foreign ground. Making his second K&N start Friday, Kumpen said he is eager to get back to the states and race.

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PIT BOX: Whelen Euro Tackles Brands Hatch

Whelen Modifieds Right Back At It With Trip To Stafford


• The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is in the middle of a busy time in its 2015 schedule with the second of three races to be held in 12 days on tap this Friday night at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway. Stafford native Woody Pitkat has won two of the last three races there, including April’s Spring Sizzler. Ryan Preece, the 2013 NWMT champion, is coming off of his first win of the season Saturday night at New London-Waterford Speedbowl and will try for his fourth career tour win at Stafford. The Speedbowl triumph also enabled Preece to take over the points lead by one point over defending champion Doug Coby (130-129).

• The NASCAR Euro Series also returns to action this weekend with a doubleheader at Brands Hatch in Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, England. The six-turn, 1.198-mile road course will host rounds five and six on the 2015 schedule during American Speedfest III. Last year, Eddie Cheever III picked up his first series win while former NWES champion Ander Vilariño picked up the other division I victory during the two-day event. While Wilfred Boucenna swept both Division II races. Defending Division I champion Anthony Kumpen enters the weekend coming off of his first victory of 2015 at Raceway Venray on May 24.

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Sherwin-Williams Renews as the ‘Official Paint of NASCAR’

FORTUNE 500 Company Leverages Multi-Faceted Official Partnership to Continue Driving Business On and Off the Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 23, 2015) — NASCAR® and Sherwin-Williams, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of paint and paint supplies, announced a three-year extension to their Official Partnership. The newly signed extension will designate Sherwin-Williams as the “Official Paint of NASCAR” through 2017.

Sherwin-Williams, a FORTUNE 500 company, will continue to leverage its designation for architectural paint and the power of NASCAR’s intellectual property at its more than 4,000 stores nationwide and ignite the passion of its customers – many of whom are fiercely brand-loyal fans of the sport.

“Our continued partnership with Sherwin-Williams is another example of FORTUNE 500 brands successfully using NASCAR as an integral part of their marketing mix,” said Norris Scott, NASCAR vice president, Partnership Marketing. “Sherwin-Williams’ integrated approach using our intellectual property, both at track and at retail has proven highly effective. We look forward to expanding the Sherwin-Williams relationship across its multiple business divisions. ”

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PK Carsport Confirms Winning Team

Kumpen and Longin in ELITE 1, Stienes Longin full-time in ELITE 2

After an extremely successful first season in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in which they conquered all the major titles, Anthony Kumpen, Bert Longin and the whole PK Carsport team immediately decided to confirm their presence in the increasingly popular European NASCAR championship in 2015, fielding  again two cars, with the full-time involvement of Stienes Longin in the ELITE 2 Division.

With the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Trophy, the ELITE 2 Division Trophy and the Teams Championship Trophy shining in their troops room, PK Carsport couldn’t start their adventure in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in a better way and obviously both Kumpen and Longin want to build on last year’s success.



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NASCAR Night Of Champions Honors Seven Titlist

Top Performers Of 2014 Celebrated At NASCAR Hall Of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 13, 2014) — The culmination and coronation of a season-long – and career-defining – road to NASCAR glory came Saturday night for seven drivers.

Abraham Calderón summed it up the best on stage at the NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions.

“This championship was a dream a few years ago,” said the 26-year-old Monterrey, Mexico driver as he accepted the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series title. “It was really hard. But now that it’s real, it’s way better than I could ever imagine.”

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Touring Series Most Popular Drivers Revealed

Champions Rhodes, Seuss Lead 2014 Honorees

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The fans have spoken, and they have selected a pair of series champions as well as a pair of repeat award winners in balloting for the NASCAR regional touring series’ 2014 Most Popular Driver Awards.

The Most Popular Driver Award winners for 2014 are:
• Ben Rhodes (Louisville, Ky.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
• Brandon McReynolds (Mooresville, N.C.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
• J.R. Fitzpatrick (Ayr, Ont.), NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1
• Rodrigo Marban (Mexico City), NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series
• Freddy Nordstrom (London), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
• Melissa Fifield (Wakefield, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
• Andy Seuss (Hampstead, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour

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NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Adds Second Oval in 2015

Six Race Weekends across Europe Highlight Schedule

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2014) – The first NASCAR oval race in Tours, France, was so well received that the track was built into a permanent structure and has become the signature race of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

The format was so popular with fans and competitors, NASCAR announced today the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series calendar will feature a second oval track on the schedule.

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will hold six race weekends involving seven European countries, highlighted by the addition of Raceway Venray, a half-mile oval in Venray, Limburg, Holland, on the border of Germany. The series will also feature a new championship round site: Circuit Zolder in Belgium.
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NASCAR Formalizes On-Track Incident Procedure for Competitors

Rule Enhances Sport’s Ongoing Safety Efforts

Daytona Beach, Fla. (Aug. 15, 2014) — In its continued efforts to evolve the safety of its sport, NASCAR announced Friday that it will add a rule that addresses on-track incidents as part of its race procedures. The rule, listed as Section 9-16, will be an addendum to the NASCAR rule book and will apply to all of its racing series, effective immediately.

Section 9-16 On-Track Incident Procedure

During an Event, if a racecar is involved in an on-track incident and/or is stopped on or near the racing surface and unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the racecar (i.e. fire, smoke in cockpit, etc.) the driver should take the following steps:

  • Shut off electrical power and, if driver is uninjured, lower window net
  • Do not loosen , disconnect or remove any driver personal safety equipment until directed to do so by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
  • After being directed to exit the racecar, the driver should proceed to either the ambulance, other vehicle, or as otherwise directed by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
  • At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron
  • At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle

All vehicles not involved in the incident or that are able to continue afterwards should slow down to a cautious speed as outlined in Section 10-4 (Yellow Flag), use extreme care as they approach an incident scene, and follow any directions given by safety personnel or NASCAR/Track Officials. Cars in line behind the safety car should not weave or otherwise stray from the line in the vicinity of the incident.

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Touring & Weekly Awards Events Announced

NASCAR Hall of Fame To Host Gathering Of Champions

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  — The NASCAR Hall of Fame is the ultimate goal for the sport’s greatest.

Annually, the North Carolina landmark is also the aim of drivers throughout the NASCAR weekly & touring series, as the NASCAR Hall of Fame / Charlotte Convention Center will host the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards and the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards will be Friday, Dec. 12, while the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards will be Saturday, Dec. 13.

“These awards shows celebrate and honor our champions in NASCAR’s weekly racing program and our touring series – two foundational areas of the sport,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of regional and touring series. “These two events highlight the hard work, dedication and achievements throughout NASCAR, and I’m excited that fans from around the world can share in the experience through our digital platforms.”

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Who’s Next? Most Likely One of These

NASCAR Next 2014-15 Class Announced At Richmond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When Chase Elliott took the NASCAR Nationwide Series checkered flag at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this month, he joined fellow rising star Kyle Larson in the 2014 win column.

Before their headline-making victories on one of the sport’s biggest stages, though, Elliott and Larson were ‘next’ – the next in a wave of young talent making its way up the NASCAR ladder.

Like Elliott and Larson before them, the 12 drivers named today to the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class have résumés loaded with accomplishments and promise. The roster was unveiled at Richmond International Raceway and marks the kickoff of the fourth installment of the industry initiative designed to spotlight NASCAR’s rising stars.

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VIDEO: Watch 2013 NASCAR Awards Shows

Replays of Whelen All-American Awards & Night Of Champions

Watch complete multilingual video coverage from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards. Both events took place in the Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center adjacent to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Dec. 13-14, 2013.

The videos include Red Carpet driver interviews in addition to the full awards programs.


NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards: ENGLISH | SPANISH | FRENCH

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Touring Series Champions Honored

Top Performers Of 2013 Celebrate At Hall Of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The common thread throughout Saturday’s NASCAR Night of Champion Touring Awards was of a dream realized.

From Lakeport, Calif., to San Sebastián, Spain, seven NASCAR drivers collected their series championship trophies and received their coveted championship rings from NASCAR President Mike Helton.

“To win this championship, to accomplish this goal, it means the world to me,” said 22-year-old Ryan Preece, who became the youngest champion of NASCAR’s oldest division, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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2014 Whelen Euro Calendar Announced

Six Stops In Five Countries Highlight Series’ Third Year

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Six race weekends in five European countries will make up the 2014 schedule as the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series embarks on its third season under the NASCAR banner.

NASCAR’s only championship series outside of North America will visit some of Europe’s most historic race tracks, including at LeMans in France, and, the newest addition to the calendar for next year, Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany.

The schedule will also again include a stop just outside of Paris at Tours Speedway, the first purpose-built oval for stock car racing in Europe.

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