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2015 CHAMPION PROFILE: Lee Pulliam

Emotional Finish To Third Whelen All-American Title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Lee Pulliam capped his remarkable season with an equally remarkable victory.

The three-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I national champion pulled into Victory Lane last Sunday at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, North Carolina, after an emotional week.

The stars were aligned for a storybook finish in the Thanksgiving All-Star Classic at Southern National on Nov. 29. Just three days earlier — on Thanksgiving Day — his wife, LeAnne, was injured in an accident on her way to work. Pulliam, who had never won the Classic, was not even going to race.

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Jason Myers Wins at Kingsport

In the KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series, Jason Myers won the Food Country USA 125 at Kingsport (TN) Speedway on Friday night.

PASS Finalizes 2015 South Super Late Model & Pro Late Model Dates

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 24) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that the 2015 schedules have been finalized for both the PASS South Super Late Model and PASS Pro Late Model divisions.  With 15 dates confirmed, including a final event to be added in October, the PASS South Super Late Models will compete at 11 different venues in 4 states over the course of the 2015 season.

“Due to some circumstances out of our control, we had to move a couple of dates around and wanted to get our schedule finalized as quickly as possible so our teams can start planning for next year,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “We believe this is one of the strongest schedules we have ever put together and are excited about the possibilities 2015 presents for the South’s top Super and Pro Late Models.”

The PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models will now compete at both Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina and the Caraway Speedway in North Carolina twice each in 2015. Anderson Motor Speedway will host both PASS divisions on Saturday, March 21, featuring a 150 lap event for the PASS South Super Late Models.  This is in addition to the previously announced Electric City 125 that will be held at Anderson on Friday night, June 19.

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Lonesome Pine Joins NASCAR Family

Partnering With Nearby Kingsport Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A NASCAR championship-producing Virginia short track rejoins the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series this year. The addition creates a two track, two state circuit for area drivers and fans.

Lonesome Pine Raceway, a .375-mile banked paved oval in Coeburn, Va., returns to NASCAR sanction this year. The track operates every-other Saturday night and features Late Model Stock Cars.

Lonesome Pine is now partnered with Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway. Kingsport, a .375-mile banked concrete oval, will continue weekly Friday night racing. Both tracks are now operated by father and son, Keith and Ervin Stiltner. They appointed Kingsport general manager Karen Tunnell as GM and promoter for both facilities. Stiltner was a two-time Late Model track champion at Kingsport 1998-99.
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Tennessee Champ Finchum Set for Florida

Kingsport Driver Aims to be National Contender

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Tennessee’s teenage NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state champion is expanding his racing boundaries this year. His 2014 campaign begins in just a few weeks.

Chad Finchum, 19, of Knoxville, Tenn., won his 2013 state title and NASCAR Late Model track championship at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway.

He plans to compete in all seven NASCAR Super Late Model race nights scheduled during the 48th annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway Feb. 14-22.

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Greenville Pickens Title a First for Anders

Driver Achieves Longtime Goal

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A veteran South Carolina NASCAR Late Model driver won a long-sought track championship in 2013 and added a third consecutive state championship.

Anthony Anders, 42, of Easley, S.C., captured his first track title at historic Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway.

“It took a lot of sleepless nights, late nights in the shop with the crew, and the support and understanding from all our families to put all our time into racing,” Anders said. “It took 15 years of dreaming about it – and racing in Late Models for nine years – to get it done.”

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Whelen All-American Changes Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

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