ShorTrack National, Regional Champions announced

ShorTrack Division of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series: Rob Wilcox of Londonberry, N.H., scored the ShorTrack Division of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series national championship while competing in the 350 Supermodified division at Star ...

ShorTrack Division of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series:

Rob Wilcox of Londonberry, N.H., scored the ShorTrack Division of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series national championship while competing in the 350 Supermodified division at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H., in the New England Region. For Wilcox, it is his first regional and national championship and nine other first time regional champions in the ShorTrack Division of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series join him.

Wilcox has been in contention to win the national crown for much of the season. When Wilcox crosses the stage at the national champion’s banquet in November, he will collect a record amount reaching over $13,500 in a division that was developed within the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series just four seasons ago with support from True Value.

“ This is an awesome feeling,” stated Wilcox.“ We’ve been working hard all year to win the track championship at Star and things just seemed to fall into place. We came into the season with a goal of winning races and making the car better each week. We didn’t really begin paying attention to the regional standings until about halfway through the season. Just to win the region is a great accomplishment, but to couple the season that we had with a national championship is just fantastic.”

Wilcox, 26, visited victory lane 13 times and he joins Buck Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., Tim Clark of Freedom, Calif., and Mike Reynolds of Readyville, Tenn., as a national champion in the ShorTrack Division. Wilcox collected 16 top-five finishes in 17 starts at the .250-mile oval this season.

“ Our team is a family run operation,” explained Wilcox.“ We try to do as much as we can on our own. My mother and father are tremendous supporters of what we do. The competition in the division is phenomenal. There are so many different guys that we have to compete against each week. It seems like it gets more difficult each weekend and that just makes this season more incredible.”

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

With the support of True Value this season, those competitors raced for their share of nearly $135,000 in posted local, regional and national awards. Local track champions will receive $1,000, while regional champions will receive $2,500 with the national champion to earn another $10,000.

“ We are extremely pleased by the development of the ShorTrack Division in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series,” stated Chris Boals, director of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series.“ The division has been a great addition to the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series program. Rob Wilcox represents what the ShorTrack Division in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series is all about. He is a first time champion as are all of our regional champions in the ShorTrack Division. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor all of them at the national champions banquet in November.”

Each of the nearly 100 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.

ShorTrack Division Regional Champions:

Great West Region:

Shane Brim of Malaga, Wash., has earned his first regional title in the Great West Region of the ShorTrack Division in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. Brim, who competes in the Sportsmen division at Wenatchee (Wash.) Valley’s Super Oval, visited victory lane on ten occasions this season. Brim, who will earn $3,500 for the championship, scored 14 top-five and 15 top-ten finishes in 16 starts and finished second in the national standings.

Atlantic Seaboard Region:

Jimmy Naylor of Dalzell, S.C., captured the Atlantic Seaboard Region championship in the ShorTrack Division of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. Naylor, who competes in the Late Model division at Florence (S.C.) Motor Speedway, earned 13 victories and 17 top-five finishes in 17 starts this season. Naylor will take home $3,500 from True Value for his efforts. Naylor finished third in the national championship standings.

Pacific Coast Region:

Mark Schackleford of Riverside, Calif., scored the Pacific Coast Region in the ShorTrack Division of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series and the $3,500 in the posted awards that goes with the title. Schackleford, who competes in the Stock Pony division at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Calif., visited victory lane on ten occasions with 14 top-five and 16 top-ten finishes in 16 starts. Schackleford finished fourth in the ShorTrack Division national standings.

Blue Ridge Region:

David Miley of Knoxville, Tenn., who competes in the Modified Street division at Atomic Motor Speedway in Knoxville, Tenn., claimed the Blue Ridge Region title in the ShorTrack Division of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. Miley earned eight victories and 15 top-five finishes in 16 starts this season and finished fifth in the nation. Miley will pocket $3,500 for his regional crown.

Mid-America Region:

Kevin Propst of Holts Summit, Mo., took home the regional championship in the ShorTrack Division of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series in the Mid-America Region. Propst, who competes in the Modified division at Capital Speedway in Holts Summit, Mo., scored 14 wins, 22 top-five and 23 top-ten finishes in 24 starts on his way to earning $3,500 for the regional crown. Propst finished sixth in the ShorTrack Division national standings.

Sunbelt Region:

Donald Clark of Cottageville, S.C., held the lead in the Sunbelt Region in the ShorTrack Division of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series and went on to capture the regional title. Clark, who competes in the Late Model division at Summerville (S.C.) Speedway, will earn $3,500 for his championship. Clark collected 15 wins and 20 top-five finishes in 20 starts and went on to finish seventh in the national standings.

Heartland Region:

Tandy Marlin of Franklin, Tenn., who is the cousin of NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver, Sterling Marlin, captured the Supertruck division championship at Nashville (Tenn.) Speedway USA, and earned the Heartland Region championship in the ShorTrack Division of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series and the $3,500 that goes with the title. Marlin earned eight victories, 14 top-five and 17 top-ten finishes in 19 starts on his way to finishing eighth in the national standings.

Northeast Region:

Edward Brehio of Baldwinville, Mass., has scored the Northeast Region championship in the ShorTrack Division of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. Brehio, who competes in the Late Model division at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H., has collected five wins, 17 top-five and 18 top-ten finishes in 18 starts. Brehio collected $3,500 for the regional championship and finished ninth in the national championship standings.

Midwest Region:

Randy Kutzke of Topeka, Kan., moved into the top spot in the Midwest Region of the ShorTrack Division of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series in the final week of the season and claimed the regional title. Kutzke, who competes in the Grand National division at O’Reilly Auto Parts Motor Speedway at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan., will take home $3,500 in posted awards. Kutzke earned eight victories, 16 top-five and 17 top-ten finishes in 17 starts and finished tenth in the national standings.

The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series is contested every season on both dirt and asphalt tracks, nationwide. Weekly short track racers have the opportunity to compete for regional and national recognition, as well as over $1.7 million in posted awards, the highest posted awards for any short track racing series. National and regional champions will be honored at the champions banquet on Friday, November 16, at the Peabody Hotel and Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Simply put, the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Competition Performance Index (CPI) rewards excellence in competition at a drivers home track, while also comparing a drivers performance against other drivers competing throughout the region and, ultimately, throughout the United States. Between January 1 and September 16, 2001, drivers earned and accumulated points at their home track based on how they finished each race. Each week, using the CPI formula, the performance of the driver with the greatest number of points given at a race track (that track's points leader) is compared against the performance of the points leaders from the other tracks in his or her region. This creates a top-10 ranking of drivers for that region. Every week, the CPI is updated with the rankings constantly changing throughout the season. When the season concludes, whoever is atop the regional top-10 ranking is crowned the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series regional champion.

To be eligible to win the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series national championship, a competitor must participate in a minimum of 18 events (16 events in the ShorTrack Division in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series).

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2001 SHORTACK DIVISION IN THE NASCAR WEEKLY RACING SERIES NATIONAL STANDINGS SHORTRACK DIVISION

Pos Driver Name Region Home Track (State) Starts Wins Top-5 Top-10 CPI 1 Rob Wilcox New England Star (N.H.) Speedway 17 13 16 16 .9009050 2 Shane Brim Great West Wenatchee (Wash.) Valley's Super Oval 16 10 14 15 .8750000 3 Jimmy Naylor Atlantic Seaboard Florence (S.C.) Motor Speedway 17 13 17 17 .8736196 4 Mark Schackleford Pacific Coast Orange Show (Calif.) Speedway 16 10 14 16 .8580769 5 David Miley Blue Ridge Atomic (Tenn.) Motor Speedway 16 8 15 15 .8424519 6 Kevin Propst Mid-America Capital (Mo.) Speedway 24 14 22 23 .8111538 7 Donald Clark Sunbelt Summerville (S.C.) Speedway 20 15 20 20 .7995000 8 Tandy Marlin Heartland Nashville (Tenn.) Speedway USA 19 8 14 17 .7836842 9 Edward Brehio Northeast Monadnock (N.H.) Speedway 18 5 17 18 .7832478 10 Randy Kutzke Midwest O'Reilly Auto Parts Motor Speedway (Kan.) at Heartland Park 17 8 16 17 .7325336

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