While most eyes watch the top of the ladder, there are more races within the race for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series National title. There are track championships and state championships on the line that will be settled over the next few weeks. We broke down a few races for people to keep an eye as the season winds down.
Battle for 10th
Tommy Lemons, Jr., Stewart Friesen, and Matt Bowling are ninth, 10th and 11th in the standings. As they sit right now they are separated by 16 points. By the end of the season one of these three will be on the outside looking in when it comes to the top-10.
Lone Star Shakedown
Double features will be the story at Houston Motorsports Park (TX) as Zachary Knowles leads Michael Kourkoubes by three points and Joe Aramendia by 10 points. The Fiesta Modifieds will have twin races on September 13 to settle this battle. Aramendia is the defending Texas State NASCAR Champion and will need to have a few big nights in order to defend his crown.
We have checked the votes and points and they are tied. Chris Spieker and last year's Iowa state champion Jason O'Brien are tied at 354 points after 14 races. Spieker has six wins to O'Brien's four as the two get ready to decide the battle over the next few weeks.
The Maine Way for Farrington
He might be the only driver who heads to the banquet in Charlotte without a win this season, but his championship was well deserved. Logging nine top five's in 15 starts at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) led him to winning the state title in the Pine Tree state. 11 different drivers scored wins during the season, and it came down to consistency for the title. Currently David Rogers in Florida and Martin Lacombe are the only other two drivers in states or provinces that are leading that have not gone to victory lane.
Anders Four Crown
Anthony Anders may be on his way to winning the National Championship, but he's also racing for more. He won't be stopped in another battle and will win the state of South Carolina for a fourth straight year. Over the last four years he's taken track titles at all the venues (Anderson, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach) in the Palmetto state.
Double Digit Club
Eight drivers have 10 wins or more this season. As of the most recent points, Brian Richardson from Kern County (CA), Rick Walt from Barrie Speedway and Dominic Ursetta from Colorado National Speedway all have nine victories looking for one more to reach double digits.
The Battle for the Commonwealth
It appears as though Lee Pulliam will take Virginia this year after 10 wins this season; however, the track standings at Motor Mile Speedway find Peyton Sellers leading the points. At South Boston Speedway the story is the same and Sellers looks to be the track champion at both. Elsewhere in the state, the Greg Edwards and Matt Waltz war continues at Langley Speedway as Edwards holds a 16 point lead over Waltz. The two drivers have 18 wins in the 20 races run this season at Langley.
Battle Ground State
Thanks to the addition of Airborne Speedway (NY) and Utica Rome Speedway (NY) the state crown has been more than an interesting battle this year in New York. Stewart Friesen from Utica Rome leads Nick Heywood from Airborne by a one point margin. Both drivers will be looking over their shoulder to see how the others do over the next few weeks as one will win their first NASCAR crown.
The Tar Heel Equation
Mathematically, there is a chance that Dillon Bassett could rundown Lee Pulliam for the state crown in North Carolina. Bassett is 28 points back and there are several races including a cluster of four races in two nights at Southern National. Either way, they both have been strong all season long and watching them battle when their paths cross has been impressive. Tommy Lemons is third in points and should have Southern National locked down. Josh Berry, fifth in national points, is leading at Hickory.
Passing Number Nine
Keith Rocco had nine NASCAR track championships coming into the 2014 season. He's going to add to that total as he leads the points at Waterford and he's close at Thompson, just 16 points off the lead. In addition he will likely lock up his seventh Connecticut state title in a row.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Operations Manager - Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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