Wade Day wins NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Atlantic Region Championship. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 17, 2002) - Wade Day, of Blountville, Tenn., won the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Atlantic Region ...
Wade Day wins NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Atlantic Region Championship.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 17, 2002) - Wade Day, of Blountville, Tenn., won the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Atlantic Region championship, his second NASCAR title in three years. Day, a 2000 regional champion, captured this year's title following a stellar performance in the Late Model Stock division at Lonesome Pine International Raceway in Coeburn, Va. Day had 17 wins - the most of any Weekly Racing Series driver in the nation - and 17 top-five finishes in 18 starts. Day will collect $43,000 at this year's NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge awards banquet, Nov. 2 in Nashville.
Day's second championship is not only a tribute to his driving ability, but to the family of his car owner and teammate, Matt Wolfe.
"This means a lot," Day said. "Jim - Matt's father - started this whole thing and he died two years ago. He wanted to keep this team going. "My goal this season was to win every race. That's what we came to the race track for. I want to win every time I go out there, not just occasionally. I'm not satisfied with second place."
Day nearly accomplished that goal, dominating the competition at the 3/8-mile oval. Remarkably, Day drove to many of those victories in the very same race car he used to win the 2000 regional championship. Even more remarkable, this year was just his fourth season of Late Model Stock competition.
"We have good equipment. This car is three years old and it's as good as the day we got it," Day said. "My secret is just hard work and being prepared. We have everything ready to go and when we get to the race track we're hitting on all cylinders."
Day's meticulous preparation and racing record resulted in a Competition Performance Index (CPI) of .8114. The CPI is the statistical formula used to determine the regional championships.
Having won the regional title two years ago, Day's memories from that experience were a good source of motivation again this season. "It's hard to describe," Day said. "The way I see it, the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge helps the little guy, the guy that comes to the track every week. NASCAR can make him a big winner at the end of the year."