DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Divisions II-V are designed to offer novice competitors a chance to learn how to race, work on the cars and create a ladder system at each NASCAR sanctioned track. Columbus Motor Speedway track co-owner, general manager and promoter Jeff Nuckles has struck gold with his Crazy Compact Division.
The division is a cheap and affordable avenue for drivers to enter the sport of NASCAR at the local level and is classified in Division IV in the Whelen All-American Series program.
Devin Stansbury scored his first win of the season at the central Ohio oval last Saturday to move up two spots and take over the lead in the Division IV national standings. Stansbury leads fellow Columbus driver Michael Robison by four points (189-185) in the second week of the standings update.
Ryan Smith is third with defending champion and Bowman Gray Stadium regular A.J. Sanders Jr. fourth. Ryan Tamburro and Corey Kryer are fifth and sixth to give Columbus five drivers in the top six in the entry-level division.
This is something that Nuckles takes great pride in.
“This series has been a great addition to our schedule,” Nuckles said. “We wanted to offer racers an inexpensive way to get in to racing and to draw new drivers and fans you have to make it affordable and we feel we have done that with our Crazy Compact division.”
While NASCAR has developed its own ‘ladder system’ for drivers to move up from the Whelen All-American Series to the NASCAR regional touring series and ultimately the three national series, Nuckles has developed his own with the Crazy Compacts.
“The beauty of this division is we have seen drivers start there and now they are racing in some of our other divisions,” he added. “Kyle Purvis now races in our late model division and others have moved on to modifieds and it is created our own feeder system right here at Columbus.”
In other Whelen All-American Series division news, veteran Brett Kressley from Grandview Speedway maintains his lead in Division II over Chris Hawkins (Flint Creek, Salina Speedways) with Shane Shirk (Columbus), Purvis (Columbus) and Todd Stone (Devil’s Bowl, New Smyrna and Airborne Speedways) completing the top five.
Greenville Pickens Speedway features the top four drivers and the closest points battle to date in the Division II-V standings as Bobby Emory Jr. leads Division III over Brad Burns by just two points (270-268). Shane Hill is third with Blake Gregory and Charles Schutz, Jr. (Grandview) completing the top five.
Don Tavernia continues to lead the Division V standings racing at Greenville Pickens and nearby Anderson Speedway. Travis Shelton moved up to second with Michael Cross now third and Scott Parker fourth completing another foursome from Greenville with Alan Bruns from New Smyrna rounding out the top five.
The Whelen All-American Series Division II-V Championship program determines support division national championships. The four national champions will receive a trophy and a trip to the series national awards event. In addition, the top-three dirt and top-three asphalt drivers in each division will be invited to the series awards event.
Whelen All-American Series Division II-V drivers are ranked by their best 14 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.
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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