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NASCAR Touring Series Champions Honored In Charlotte Top Performers Of 2012 Celebrate Successful Season
Dec 10, 2012 - updated Dec 10th, 2012 9:06pm
Web posted by Jason Cunningham
Concord, NC. --
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 8, 2012)
– NASCAR history was recognize and its future celebrated Saturday
evening as seven champions in NASCAR’s touring series were honored at
the Night of Champions Touring Awards at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The ceremony featured the champions and top drivers from the regional touring series in North America and Europe,
who gathered for the special year-end event. It’s the first season a driver from Europe has been honored at the event.
2012 champions included Kyle Larson (NASCAR K&N Pro Series East),
Dylan Kwasniewski (NASCAR K&N Pro Series
West), D.J. Kennington (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil
1), Jorge Goeters (NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series), Ander Vilarino
(Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series), Doug Coby (NASCAR Whelen Modified
Tour) and George Brunnhoelzl III (NASCAR Whelen Southern
of Elk Grove, Calif., the 20-year-old open-wheel star burst onto the
stock-car scene this season by winning the championship and rookie of
Kwasniewski, of Las Vegas, Nev., at 17 years of age became the youngest champion in the nearly 60-year history of the season.
Kennington, of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, earned his second title in three years by winning a series-record seven races.
Goeters, of Mexico City, claimed his second championship, but first since the series came under the NASCAR umbrella in 2007.
Vilarino, of Donostia, Spain, won six races en route to the inaugural Euro-Racecar championship.
Coby, of Milford, Conn., earned his first championship on the power of five wins, the most by a tour driver since 2007.
Brunnhoelzl, of West Babylon, N.Y., won his third Southern Modified Tour title in the last four seasons.
2012 racing season for our U.S. and international touring series was
absolutely remarkable,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president,
regional and touring series. “All seven championships came down to the
last race; most down to the last lap.
reaffirms that NASCAR stock-car racing transcends languages. It
transcends origins and ethnicities. It transcends borders and time
and appeals to race fans everywhere. Tonight also illustrates that the
future of our sport is bright.”
addition to the championship awards, each series rookie of the year was
honored. The Sunoco Rookie of the
Year Award winners were Larson from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East,
Austin Dyne from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Keith Rocco from
the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Danny Bohn from the NASCAR Whelen
Southern Modified Tour. Martin Roy of the NASCAR Canadian
Tire Series, Rubén Garcia Jr. and Javier Villa of the Euro Racecar
Series were recognized as the top rookies in their series.
Most Popular Driver Awards for each series were also presented during
the ceremony. The seven drivers honored
with the prestigious award were Chase Elliott in the NASCAR K&N Pro
Series East, Cassie Gannis of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Ray
Courtemanche Jr. in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil
1, Pepe Montaño of the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series,
Freddy Nordstrom from the Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series, Ryan
Preece from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Bohn from the NASCAR
Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Elliott was the only repeat winner in the
top 10 drivers and car owners from each of NASCAR’s touring series also
were recognized during the gala
event – which featured Mike Joy and Dr. Dick Berggren of NASCAR on FOX
along with Monica Palumbo of SPEED as co-hosts. Simplified provided the
musical entertainment. The awards ceremony was streamed live online at www.nascarhometracks.com – the official online
home of NASCAR’s touring series – in English, French and Spanish.
awards celebration capped a week of festivities in the Charlotte area
aimed at providing the top drivers
and track operators in NASCAR’s weekly and touring series an up close
and personal look at the hub of stock-car racing. The NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series Awards Banquet on Friday honored champions from
across North America in the series that is NASCAR’s