1998 Regional Champions

NASCAR Winston Racing Series Regional Champions The 1998 NASCAR Winston Racing Series season concluded last weekend, Sept. 13. The following are thumbnail sketches of the 10 NWRS regional champions, listing their ages,...

NASCAR Winston Racing Series Regional Champions The 1998 NASCAR Winston Racing Series season concluded last weekend, Sept. 13. The following are thumbnail sketches of the 10 NWRS regional champions, listing their ages, hometowns, home tracks and their surfaces and racing divisions: Atlantic Seaboard Region Charles Powell III, 34, Goose Creek, S.C. Races in the Late Model Stock Car division at the paved Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway. Blue Ridge Region Pete Silva, 50, Leicester, N.C. Races in the Late Model Stock Car division at the paved Greenville-Pickens Speedway outside Greenville, S.C. Great West Region Ed Kosiski, 33, Omaha, Neb. Races in the Grand American Late Model division at the dirt Eagle Raceway in Lincoln, Neb. Heartland Region Joe Buford, 31, Franklin, Tenn. Races in the Late Model Stock Car division at the paved Nashville (Tenn.) Speedway USA. Mid-America Region Steve Murgic, 42, Rosemount, Minn. Races in the Late Model division at the paved Raceway Park in Shakopee, Minn. Midwest Region Kyle Berck, 29, Marquette, Neb. Races in the Late Model division at the dirt Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa. New England Region Bobby Gahan, 49, Barrington, N.H. Races in the Pro Stock division at the paved Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway. Northeast Region George Kent Jr., 49, Horseheads, N.Y. Races in the Modified division at the paved Tioga Speedway in Owego, N.Y. Pacific Coast Region Michael Ray, 44, Las Vegas, N.V. Races in the Late Model division at the paved Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sunbelt Region Clay Dale, 31, Jefferson, Ga. Races in the Late Model Stock Car division at the paved Lanier National Speedway in Gainesville, Ga. ** NOTE: Seven of the 10 regional champions are first time regional winners. Kent (1986), Powell III (1985) and Murgic (1992) are repeat regional champions.

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Drivers Joe Buford , Michael Ray