Todd Burns, ShorTrack National Champion

Todd Burns wins ShorTrack Division National Championship DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2003) -- NASCAR has announced the winners of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series ShorTrack Division regional competition, led by Todd Burns, of Riverside, Calif.,...

Todd Burns wins ShorTrack Division National Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2003) -- NASCAR has announced the winners of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series ShorTrack Division regional competition, led by Todd Burns, of Riverside, Calif., who won the ShorTrack Division national championship after recording 10 wins and 15 top-five finishes in the Late Model division at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway.

"We came out here to have fun and win every race we came to, instead of worrying about points and finishing well and stuff like that," Burns said. "We just came out here to run as hard as we could run and that's paid off. We won a lot of races and kind of let the points fall where they would. All in all, I'm very proud of it."

That approach resulted in Burns winning his second consecutive Late Model track championship; the championship in the Sunbelt Region of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series ShorTrack Division; and the national championship. The ShorTrack Division was created in 1998, to recognize for another tier of drivers at each NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series track.

The ShorTrack Division includes local track support divisions such as Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, Limited Late Models, Pro Trucks and Hobby Stocks. ShorTrack Division championships were determined using the same Competition Performance Index (CPI) formula as the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series feature division, which monitors wins, top-five finishes, starts and other factors to determine a regional ranking of drivers. While Burns won the ShorTrack Division national title, seven other drivers captured regional awards.

Each of these NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series ShorTrack Division regional winners will collect a $2,500 point fund award and be recognized at the series' awards banquet, Nov. 1 in Nashville. As the national champion, Burns receives an additional $10,000 bonus.

* Ron Barker, of Dubuque, Iowa, won the Midwest Region ShorTrack Division championship after recording 12 wins and 14 top-five finishes in the Modified division at Farley (Iowa) Speedway.

* Curt Britt, of Dahlonega, Ga., claimed the Atlantic Region ShorTrack Division title with 10 wins and 13 top-five finishes in the Pro Truck division at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Ga.

* Jeff Maher, of Elmwood, Ill., won the Heartland Region ShorTrack Division championship while competing in the Modified division at Peoria (Ill.) Speedway. Maher finished the season with seven wins and 18 top-five finishes in 19 starts.

* Ryan Posocco, of Stafford Springs, Conn., won the New England Region ShorTrack Division championship after recording four wins and 14 top-five finishes in the Late Model division at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs.

* Jerry Scott, of Mebane, N.C., won the Southeastern Coastal Region ShorTrack Division championship after a winning season at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. Scott, who competes in the track's Modified division, captured the title with 10 wins and 17 top-five finishes in 17 starts.

* Neil Hopkins, of West Falls, N.Y., became Lake Erie Speedway's first regional champion by winning the Northeast Region ShorTrack Division championship. Hopkins competes in the Modified division at the two-year old North East, Pa. facility, where he recorded 13 wins and 17 top-five finishes in 2003 -- the track's first season in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series.

* Dan Doan, of Twin Falls, Idaho, won the Northwest Region ShorTrack Division championship after compiling a record of seven wins and 16 top-five finishes in the Grand National division at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls.

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