DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two weeks into the season and successfully defending his Kalamazoo Speedway Outlaw Super Late Model Division championship was the last thing on Mike “Bubba” Brooks’ mind.

“We opened the season with a win at Kalamazoo and obviously we felt pretty good about the start of our season,” Brooks said. “Then we went out and destroyed the car during the second race of the year and we pretty much had to start from scratch.”

While a new car can be a struggle, Brooks was able to adjust quickly thanks to help from his crew and sponsors.

The result was the 2014 track championship.

“We worked just to get the car on the hauler after the accident and when we unloaded all we could do was take any parts off we could salvage and put them on the shelf to use again,” Brooks said. “Then we went to work and got a car ready for next weekend and went out and won the race. It was a total team effort with the help of a lot of people to make that happen.”

Brooks scored five wins in the competitive division that featured eight different drivers winning races during the 15-race schedule.

Brooks became just the seventh driver in the storied history of Kalamazoo to win multiple track titles in the Outlaw Super Late Model Division, and the first to win consecutive titles at the track since Andy Bozell did it in 2007-08.

Champions will be crowned at each of the 58 NASCAR-sanctioned tracks across the United states and Canada. The champions, along with the top three in the national standings, state and province champions, top finishers in the Div. II-V and special award winners, will be honored at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards in December at the NASCAR Hall of Fame / Charlotte Convention Center on Friday, Dec. 12.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I drivers are ranked by their best 18 NASCAR points finishes in series-sanctioned events. Drivers receive two points for every car they finish ahead of – up to 18 cars – and three points for a win, with an additional two points available if the driver starts 10th or lower.

STANDINGS: NATIONAL TOP 500 | STATE/PROVINCE

South Carolina’s Anthony Anders begins the final month with the points lead he has held all season. He did not race this past weekend and has 27 wins, 40 top fives and 44 top 10s in 46 starts at South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway, Anderson Speedway and Myrtle Beach Speedway, and North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway.

Neither of his two nearest challengers were able to gain ground.

Two-time defending national champion Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C., who like Anders races in the asphalt Late Model divisions in the southeast, had a win and a fourth-place at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway Saturday. Keith Rocco of Wallingford, Conn., was 14th at Stafford Motor Speedway Friday and second at Waterford Speedbowl Saturday – two of the three Connecticut tracks he races his asphalt SK Modified.

Anders has 718 points to Pulliam’s 708 and Rocco’s 690.

North Carolina teenager Dillon Bassett, who has raced his asphalt Late Model at eight tracks in the southeast, remained fourth, followed by Connecticut’s Ryan Preece (Thompson Speedway, Stafford, Waterford and New York’s Riverhead Raceway).

Chad Finchum (Virginia’s Lonesome Pine, Kingsport Speedway in Tennessee) moved up to sixth thanks to his pair of asphalt Late Model wins at Kingsport. He’s followed by Peyton Sellers (South Boston, Langley, Caraway, Motor Mile), Kres Van Dyke (Lonesome Pine and Kingsport), Tommy Lemons Jr. (South Boston, Southern National, Caraway and Motor Mile) and Stewart Friesen (New York’s Utica-Rome and Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa.).

Brooks is 78th in the national standings and holds a commanding lead in the Michigan championship race.

After a series of 20-hour days during that key week in April helped brooks get back on the track, the Kalamazoo native was able to make history at his home track.

“I had the opportunity to drive other people’s cars after the accident, but I have always driven my own cars and I just wanted to keep doing that,” Brooks said. “With the help of some great crew members and sponsors like Leduc Blueberries, Blueberry Ridge, Knapp Energy, and McDonalds Towing and others I was able to keep driving my own car and that meant a lot to me.”

Brooks came up just a few points short last year of winning the Michigan title in the NASCAR All-American Series. Sweeping both championships this year will make the trip to North Carolina in December even sweeter.

“We came so close last year to winning the Michigan state title last year and it was frustrating to come so close and not get it done (after winning the track title),” Brooks said. “It means so much to a weekly racer to get to go to Charlotte and celebrate a championship and we are looking forward to coming down there.”

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. In all, 58 paved and dirt tracks throughout the United States and Canada participate.

Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars across North America are among the many showcases for Whelen products.

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Pos Driver Starts Wins T-5 T-10 Points
1 Anthony Anders 46 27 40 44 718
2 Lee Pulliam 42 22 37 38 708
3 Keith Rocco 40 13 31 34 690
4 Dillon Bassett 34 13 29 33 649
5 Ryan Preece 40 12 33 37 639
6 Chad Finchum 30 16 26 27 630
7 Peyton Sellers 31 5 25 31 629
8 Kres VanDyke 32 8 28 30 626
9 Tommy Lemons, Jr 38 6 24 31 611
10 Stewart Friesen 19 7 18 18 605
11 Matt Bowling 32 3 23 27 595
12 Matt Waltz 23 12 18 20 572
13 Nick Heywood(R) 22 5 16 22 569
14 Randy Porter 20 6 15 17 568
15 Duane Howard 20 5 14 16 567
16 Josh Berry 20 7 16 18 565
17 Ted Christopher 31 1 14 26 563
18 Cory Dumpert 23 12 15 22 562
19 Jeff Strunk 20 2 14 18 558
20 Kyle Plott(R) 18 1 16 17 547
21 Burt Myers 21 5 13 17 543
22 Greg Edwards 21 6 18 20 542
23 Brandon Fox 39 0 20 26 540
24 Jason Durgan(R) 35 5 19 31 539
25 Matt Sheppard(R) 17 4 14 17 536
26 Todd Patnode 16 8 15 16 528
27 Travis Bruno(R) 18 3 15 17 527
29 Marty Ward 20 0 16 19 522
30 Payton Ryan(R) 28 3 13 23 517
31 Mark Lamberton(R) 18 4 16 16 512
32 Craig Von Dohren 20 3 11 16 511
33 Danny Bohn 21 2 11 16 506
34 Ryan Stiltner 28 1 20 26 505
35 Chad Pendleton 19 6 16 17 504
36 Mike Darne 26 2 16 21 502
37 Doug Manmiller 20 5 13 14 495
38 Steve Carlson 16 5 14 14 493
39 Joe Wilder(R) 27 0 7 25 490
40 Mike Mahaney(R) 19 2 12 17 488
41 Lee Jeffreys 21 0 11 17 488
42 Donnie Hill 19 7 14 18 487
43 Tom Rogers, Jr 22 7 16 20 485
44 Timmy Jordan(R) 19 0 9 16 474
45 Craig Lutz 20 1 9 17 473
46 Woody Pitkat 21 0 10 15 472
47 Deac McCaskill 25 7 16 19 471
48 Bradley Powell 16 3 12 15 471
49 Tyler Chadwick 24 2 9 17 468
50 Howie Brode 23 3 18 23 467
51 Jeran Frailey 19 8 18 19 466
52 Jason Myers 21 4 11 13 462
53 Spencer Davis 25 0 7 14 462
54 Lee Tissot 18 1 12 14 455
55 Austin Thaxton 19 1 8 15 453
56 Kyle Purvis 19 2 16 17 452
57 Ryan Partridge 14 6 14 14 450
58 Tim Brown 17 2 11 15 450
59 Ryan Wilson 34 0 10 24 450
60 Larry Wight(R) 17 2 9 16 448
61 Rob Janovic, Jr 20 1 12 12 445
62 Ed Puleo 21 2 8 15 442
63 Justin Sorrow 16 2 12 16 440
64 Jamie Lafountain 32 0 12 27 440
65 Jessey Mueller 21 4 11 17 434
66 Josh Oakley 18 3 10 13 433
67 Daniel Alvarez(R) 36 0 4 27 432
68 Toni Marie McCray 14 5 14 14 431
69 Patrick Ward(R) 17 1 7 16 429
70 Brenden Queen 29 0 11 19 428
71 Jase Kaser 18 2 12 18 426
72 Bill Leighton, Jr 18 2 12 18 422
73 Matthew Parsons 20 0 14 19 420
74 Zeke Shell 17 1 8 13 419
75 Rick Walt 26 9 19 24 413
76 Dave Farrington 15 0 9 14 412
77 Ryan Phelps(R) 18 0 9 15 412
78 Mike Brooks 15 5 11 13 411
79 Shane Lee 22 1 8 18 411
80 Rusty Smith 19 4 16 17 410
81 David Roberts 14 1 11 14 409
82 Leon Gonyo 20 2 12 20 408
83 Gord Shepherd 26 6 21 26 406
84 Brian Richardson 18 9 18 18 403
85 Joey Gada 21 1 3 16 401
86 William Byron(R) 22 0 10 14 398
87 Randy Culver 12 7 11 11 397
88 Todd Stone 18 4 14 17 396
89 George Lindsay 18 2 8 16 396
90 Robert Tyler 17 2 10 15 390
91 Mark Wertz 22 0 13 19 390
92 David Garborcauskas, Jr 21 1 10 14 385
93 Dominic Ursetta 12 9 11 12 383
94 Mike Carlson 16 1 5 15 383
95 Bruce Anderson, Jr 21 1 6 14 383
96 Josh Krug 15 2 11 15 378
97 Michael Koeneke 14 3 10 12 375
98 Nick Smith 18 1 13 13 375
99 Randy Frailey 18 8 12 14 372
100 Codie Aubin(R) 22 1 6 14 371

D1 Points Update: Brooks Wins Kalamazoo Title