NASCAR Whelen All-American Series News
Spencer and Chemung Join the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Family
Dec 28, 2006 - updated Dec 28th, 2006 10:35am
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John White announced that both of his tracks, Chemung Speedrome and Spencer Speedway will participate in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, formally known as the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series, in 2007.
Drivers at both tracks will have to hold valid NASCAR Competition Licenses to compete. No Spencer or Chemung track license program will be in place at either track for 2007.
“We are extremely proud to make our two tracks part of the NASCAR family of short tracks,” stated track owner John White. “This year our drivers will have an excellent opportunity to challenge, not only for the National Whelen All American title, but the newly revised New York State Championship.”
A driver will be able to use all of the points earned in the primary division at each track within a state to count towards that state’s title. Currently the New York State title looks to come down to someone who runs at Riverhead (Tour-type mods), Holland (SST), Chemung (SST) and/or Spencer (Tour-type mods).
The National title will be determined by a driver’s best 18 finishes from any NASCAR track in the country. The NASCAR Whelen All-American National title race will end on September 30.
“We have already heard from a number of drivers who will be at Spencer on Friday with their modifieds and then at Chemung with their SST Modifieds,” continued White. “The addition of the New York State Title run should help increase the weekly fields at both facilities.”
The NASCAR Whelen New York State title is currently setup to pay $8,000 for first place, $4,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place in points.
“These amounts could increase depending on other tracks in New York participating in the Whelen All-American Series program,” continued White.
Currently plans call for a season opening practice session at Spencer on May 4, 2007, with the season getting under way the following Friday, May 11.
“We want to make sure our teams have full opportunity to earn points so we have added a Sunday rain date for each Friday show throughout the Spring at Spencer,” White announced. “We would make up a Friday rainout starting at Noon on that Sunday, with our expectation of being done by 5 p.m.. But I want everyone to understand we will be waiting out calling a rainout to the very last minute possible. Last year we were able to save two shows that would have otherwise been canceled by following this ‘Last-Minute’ policy.”
Spencer Speedway, a flat half mile asphalt oval, is located just east of Rochester, NY, along Route 104 in the Town of Williamson. The track will be celebrating it’s 53rd year of motor sports competition in 2007. The track opened in 1955 and has run each year since that time. Two-thousand and seven will mark the first full year under new management.