ShorTrack national, divisional champions decided

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 27, 2001) - After an exciting season-long chase regional champions in the ShorTrack Division in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series have been announced. The regional and national champions will be honored at the...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 27, 2001) - After an exciting season-long chase regional champions in the ShorTrack Division in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series have been announced. The regional and national champions will be honored at the champion’s banquet at the Peabody Hotel and Resort in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, November 16. Each regional champion in the ShorTrack Division will receive $2,500, while each track champion in the ShorTrack division will receive $1,000 from over $130,000 posted awards from True Value. The national champion will receive an additional $10,000. The performances of ShorTrack Division competitors are reflected in the Competition Performance Index (CPI) standings in each of their respective regions.

Atlantic Seaboard Region: Jimmy Naylor of Dalzell, S.C., clinched the Atlantic Seaboard Region championship of the ShorTrack Division. Naylor, who competes in the Late Model division at Florence (S.C.) Motor Speedway, scored 13 victories this season in 17 starts. Naylor finished with 17 top-five finishes. Mark Wertz of Newport News, Va., finished second in the region. Wertz, who competes in the Grand Stock division at Langley Speedway, had six wins this season. Peyton Sellers, Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C.; Jim Hardin, Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas, Va., and Ray Ashworth, Southside Speedway in Richmond, Va., round out the top five in the Atlantic Seaboard Region of the ShorTrack Division in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series.

Blue Ridge Region: David Miley of Knoxville, Tenn., has scored the Blue Ridge Region championship in the ShorTrack Division. Miley, who competes in the Modified Street division at Atomic Motor Speedway in Knoxville, Tenn., earned eight victories this season on his way to the crown. Miley had 15 top-five finishes in 16 starts. Robby Robbins, of Greenville, S.C., finished second in the regional standings. Robbins, who competes in the Super Stock division at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway, captured ten victories in 22 starts. Clay Campbell, Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.; Tony Sarver, New River Valley Speedway in Radford, Va., and Jerry Scott, Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C., round out the top five in the Blue Ridge Region of the ShorTrack Division in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series.

Great West Region: Shane Brim of Malaga, Wash., collected the championship in the Great West Region of the ShorTrack Division. Brim, who competes in the Sportsmen division at Wenatchee (Wash.) Valley’s Super Oval, captured ten victories this season. Brim had 14 top-five and 15 top-ten finishes in 16 starts. Chris Leaf of Kersey, Colo., finished second in the regional standings. Leaf, who competes in the Pro Truck division at Colorado National Speedway in Erie, Colo., had seven wins this season. Dave Lund, Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash.; Nick Parker, Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, Utah, and Ray Van Holland, Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho, round out the top five in the Great West Region of the ShorTrack Division in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series.

Heartland Region: Tandy Marlin of Franklin, Tenn., scored the regional title in the Heartland Region of the ShorTrack Division. Marlin, who competes in the Supertruck division at Nashville (Tenn.) Speedway USA, scored eight victories this season. Marlin had 14 top-five and 17 top-ten finishes in 19 starts. Donald Fleming of Xenia, Ohio, held on to finish second in the regional standings. Fleming, who competes in the Pro Stock division at Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia, Ohio, collected five wins in 16 starts this season. Bobby Ohrenberg, Lakeside Speedway; James Hunt, Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway and Randy Ainsworth, I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Mo., round out the top five in the Heartland Region of the ShorTrack Division in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series.

Mid-America Region: Kevin Propst of Holts Summit, Mo., clinched the Mid-America Region title in the ShorTrack Division. Propst, who competes in the Modified division at Capital Speedway in Holts Summit, Mo., captured 14 victories in 24 starts. Propst had 22 top-five and 23 top-ten finishes in 24 starts. Ricky Martin of Farmington, Minn., finished second in the regional standings. Martin, who competes in the Sportsman division at Elko (Minn.) Speedway, scored eight wins this the season. Brett McCoy, Rockford (Ill.) Speedway; Chad Naylor, Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., and Ryan Dolan, Dubuque (Iowa) Fairgrounds Speedway round out the top five in the ShorTrack Division Mid-America Region in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series.

Midwest Region: Randy Kutzke of Topeka, Kan., captured the title in the Midwest Region of the ShorTrack division. Kutzke, who competes in the Grand National division at O’Reilly Auto Parts Motor Speedway at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan., collected eight victories this season. Mark Wyman of Papillon, Neb., held on to finish second in the regional standings. Wyman, who competes in the Modified division at Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa, had five victories in 19 starts this season. Scott Megonigle, West Liberty (Iowa) Raceway; Mike Wallace, Nebraska Raceway Park in Greenwood, Neb., and Jon Stepan, Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Minn., round out the top five in the Midwest Region of the ShorTrack Division in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series.

New England Region: Robert Wilcox of Londonderry, N.H., scored the New England Region title and parlayed it into the ShorTrack Division national championship this season. Wilcox, who competes in the 350 Super Modified division at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H., had 13 victories and 16 top-five finishes in 17 starts this season. Jim Peterson of Monson, Mass., finished second in the regional standings. Peterson, who competes in the Late Model division at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway, collected five victories in 19 starts. Wayne Helliwell, Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway; Allen Coates, Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl and Aaron Fellows, Claremont (N.H.) Speedway round out the top five in the New England Region of the ShorTrack Division in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series.

Northeast Region: Edward Brehio of Baldwinville, Mass., held on to the top spot and scored the championship in the Northeast Region of the ShorTrack Division. Brehio, who competes in the Late Model division at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H., garnered five victories in 18 starts this season. Doug Meyer of North Canton, Ohio, finished second in the regional standings. Meyer, who competes in the Modified division at Lorain County Speedway in Amherst, Ohio, had nine victories in 20 starts this season. Peter‘ Buzzy’ Eriksen, Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway; Dave Dissinger, Big Diamond Raceway, and Todd Price, Jennerstown (Pa.) Speedway in Minersville, Pa., round out the top five in the Northeast Region of the ShorTrack Division in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series.

Pacific Coast Region: Mark Shackleford of Riverside, Calif., collected the championship in the Pacific Coast Region of the ShorTrack Division. Shackleford, who competes in the Stock Pony division at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Calif., captured ten wins this season. Shackleford had 14 top-five and 16 top-ten finishes in 16 starts. Gene Fife of Tehachapi, Calif., finished second in the region. Fife, who competes in the Limited Late Model division at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., scored seven victories this season. Ryan Philpott, Altamont Raceway Park in Tracy, Calif.; Deryk Ward, Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway and Rich Green, Cajon Speedway, El Cajon, Calif., round out the top five in the Pacific Coast Region of the ShorTrack Division in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series.

Sunbelt Region: Donald Clark of Cottageville, S.C., came home with the title in the Sunbelt Region of the ShorTrack Division. Clark, who competes in the Late Model division at Summerville (S.C.) Speedway, had 15 victories in 20 starts this season. Steve Whitener of Middleburg, Fla., finished second in the regional standings. Whitener, who competes in the Sportsman division at Jax Raceways in Jacksonville, Fla., visited victory lane on 12 occasions this season. Fabian Bray, Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway; Jon Paques, Sandia Motorsports Park in Albuquerque, N.M., and Jeff Anderson, Thunder Raceway in Show Low, Ariz., round out the top five in the Sunbelt Region of the ShorTrack Division in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series.

The ShorTrack Division in the NWRS was developed in 1998 to provide regional and national recognition for another NASCAR Weekly Racing Series division.

Each of the nearly 90 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks across the country have designated a feature division that competes for local, regional and national recognition and a $1.7 million point fund. These same tracks have designated another division to compete in the ShorTrack Division. The ShorTrack Division includes divisions such as Limited Sportsman, Sportsman, Street Stock, Modified and Truck classes.

To be eligible for regional and, therefore, national championship recognition, ShorTrack Division drivers must compete in a minimum of 16 events. The same rules and geographic regions are administered as in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. Regional standings, using the same formula to calculate the Competition Performance Index (CPI) as the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, are posted on Thursdays.

Each of the 10 regional champions and the national champion will be recognized and receive their awards at the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series banquet on November 16th at the Peabody Hotel and Resort in Orlando, Fla.

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