DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A past track champion and NASCAR state rookie-of-the-year returned to full time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition this year.

Corey Bubar, 22, of Windham, Me., won the season opening NASCAR pro series division feature in May at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Me. He returned to the third-mile paved oval after a year away in touring competition.

Bubar won the track’s NASCAR Division II sport series championship in 2011, and advanced to the NASCAR Division I pro series division in 2012. He won his first pro series feature and topped the state NASCAR rookie standings. He spent 2013 traveling the New England late model circuit.

“We had a lot of fun and success when we won the state rookie-of-the-year award in 2012,” Bubar said. “We got to go to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series awards banquet in Charlotte and it was pretty cool. I’d like to win the track championship and go to Charlotte again.”

In four races, Bubar has one win, four top-fives and three top 10s. He’s fifth in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Maine standings.

Anthony Anders collected two more wins to increase his points lead in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings and continue his quest for a fourth straight South Carolina championship.

Anders, of Easley, S.C., won twin 40-lap features at Greenville Pickens Speedway Saturday after finishing sixth at Anderson Speedway on Friday. He started 10th en route to the win in the second feature at Greenville, the third time this season he’s earned the maximum 41 points for a victory.

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.

Anders has 17 wins, 24 top fives and 26 top 10s for 684 points. Two-time defending national champion Lee Pulliam is second with 585 and Keith Rocco is third at 550. Peyton Sellers and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

Pulliam did not run his pavement late model in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition over the weekend; the North Carolina driver competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Pensacola, Florida, on Friday. Rocco picked up his second straight SK Modified win at Waterford (Connecticut) Speedbowl after starting 12th. It was his fourth maximum-points win of the season.

Pulliam has 11 wins and 15 top fives in 18 starts at Virginia’s Motor Mile Speedway in Radford and South Boston Speedway, as well as Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina. Rocco has six wins and 15 top fives in 16 starts at Connecticut’s three ovals: Waterford, Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Peyton Sellers is fourth with five wins and 15 top fives in 16 starts for 543 points after finishing third at South Boston Saturday. And Ryan Preece, who runs Stafford, Thompson and Riverhead (New York) Raceway, remains fifth with six wins and 14 top fives in 17 starts for 518 points after an idle weekend.

Matt Bowling (South Boston, Motor Mile, Southern National and Caraway Speedway in Sophia, North Carolina) is sixth, followed by Dillon Bassett, who has competed at six tracks throughout the southeast in his pavement late model. Tommy Lemons Jr. (Southern National, Caraway and South Boston), Randy Porter (Greenville and Anderson) and Chad Finchum (Virgina’s Lonesome Pine and Tennessee’s Kinsport Speedway) round out the top 10.

Drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series compete for track and U.S. state/Canadian province championships in addition to the national title.

Bubar is a second generation driver. His dad Dan is his car owner and crew chief and won the Beech Ridge sports series championship in 1994.

Young Bubar, a mechanic at Lake Region Imports, is largely self-taught in chassis adjustments and set-ups.

“I read articles in Circle Track Magazine and Dick Berggren’s Speedway Illustrated Magazine,” Bubar said. “I’ll Google stuff to research. I study stories on geometry, suspensions and bump stops. I’ll go to our chassis builder Jeff Taylor’s shop. We explore and study and we’ve found a few things by accident. Those are big reasons we run so good. Dad once set something up the opposite of what I wanted, and it worked.”

Bubar’s Dodge Charger is based on a Howe chassis and Butler & MacMaster Engines maintain the car’s crate engine. Sponsors include Mac-Page Accountants, Ben Morey, a golf pro at Spring Meadows Golf Club in Gray, Maine, and David S. Ingraham Paving. Crew members include Keith Sparks and Jeff Gillette and his sons Jay and Zak. In addition to his dad, other family members include his mom Karen, sister Kelsey and step-sister Ashleigh Landry.

Bubar started racing in the Beech Ridge cage kart division in 2004 at age 12. He moved onto the whiz kid division through age 15. He moved up to the sport series division at age 16.

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 Name Starts Wins T-5 T-10 Points
1 Anthony Anders 27 17 24 26 684
2 Lee Pulliam 18 11 15 15 585
3 Keith Rocco 16 6 15 16 550
4 Peyton Sellers 16 5 15 16 543
5 Ryan Preece 17 6 14 17 518
6 Matt Bowling 19 2 14 17 518
7 Dillon Bassett 17 5 14 17 509
8 Tommy Lemons Jr. 23 3 12 17 503
9 Randy Porter 16 5 12 14 467
10 Chad Finchum 15 8 14 14 450
11 Kres Vandyke 15 5 13 14 447
12 Brandon Fox 25 0 10 15 418
13 Marty Ward 14 0 12 14 410
14 Ryan Stiltner 15 0 13 14 400
15 Spencer Davis 19 0 6 11 394
16 Joe Wilder(R) 16 0 3 14 372
17 Daniel Alvarez(R) 22 0 1 14 350
18 Ryan Wilson 20 0 4 12 338
19 Burt Myers 11 4 7 10 334
20 Mike Darne 16 0 8 12 332
21 Cory Dumpert 12 6 7 11 330
22 Ted Christopher 13 0 6 12 330
23 Myatt Snider 17 0 6 12 326
24 Josh Berry 12 4 8 10 310
25 Matt Waltz 12 5 9 11 309
26 Payton Ryan(R) 16 0 5 12 300
27 Tim Brown 11 0 7 10 294
28 Trey Gibson 10 0 9 10 292
29 Greg Edwards 10 4 9 10 290
30 David Roberts 10 0 7 10 290
31 Howie Brode 11 3 7 11 289
32 Brenden Queen 18 0 4 10 284
33 Jeran Frailey 11 3 11 11 283
34 Stewart Friesen 9 4 8 8 282
35 Leon Zeitner 15 1 8 12 279
36 Justin Sorrow 10 2 6 10 278
37 Duane Howard 10 3 6 8 277
38 Craig Lutz 10 1 7 9 273
39 Bill Leighton Jr. 12 1 9 12 273
40 Lee Jeffreys 11 0 6 8 272
41 Deac Mccaskill 16 5 11 11 265
42 Jeff Strunk 10 1 6 8 261
43 Austin Thaxton 10 1 6 8 259
44 Justin Zeitner 13 1 7 11 259
45 Jason Myers 11 3 5 7 257
46 Tom Rogers Jr. 11 1 8 9 257
47 Danny Bohn 11 0 4 8 256
48 David Garborcauskas Jr. 14 1 6 9 253
49 Donnie Hill 9 4 8 9 248
50 Craig Von Dohren 10 2 6 7 248
51 Timmy Solomito 11 2 7 9 248
52 Matt Sheppard(R) 8 1 6 8 245
53 Jason Durgan(R) 11 2 6 9 244
54 Tyler Chadwick 12 1 3 7 243
55 Jeremy Drummond(R) 24 0 0 7 242
56 Chad Pendleton 9 3 8 8 241
57 Jase Kaser 11 0 6 11 240
58 John Smith 10 0 5 8 240
59 Ed Puleo 10 1 4 7 239
60 Travis Bruno(R) 7 2 7 7 238
61 Mark Wertz 12 0 9 11 238
62 Bobby Mccarty 10 0 3 9 238
63 David Rogers 10 0 1 8 236
64 Timmy Jordan(R) 9 0 3 9 234
65 Zeke Shell 8 1 6 7 233
66 Kyle Purvis 9 1 9 9 233
67 Chris Fleming 11 2 3 8 232
68 Nick Smith 10 1 8 8 231
69 Robert Tyler 9 2 6 8 230
70 Shane Lee 13 0 3 11 230
71 Randy Frailey 10 5 7 8 229
72 William Byron(R) 11 0 6 6 228
73 Kyle James 10 1 6 7 227
74 Jason O’brien 9 2 7 8 224
75 Shawn Thibeault 10 0 4 8 224
76 Doug Manmiller 10 3 6 6 223
77 Mike Brooks 8 3 6 6 221
78 Keith Campbell(R) 11 0 8 10 220
79 Nick Heywood(R) 7 1 6 7 217
80 Austin Mcdaniel 10 1 6 8 217
81 Jonathon Beyer(R) 11 1 7 11 217
82 Frank Cozze 9 0 5 7 216
83 Hayden Woods 14 0 0 6 216
84 Lee Tissot 8 1 6 6 215
85 Mike Mahaney(R) 8 1 5 8 215
86 Rob Janovic Jr. 10 0 5 5 214
87 David Sapienza 11 0 4 9 214
88 Aj Foote 8 1 5 7 213
89 Landon Huffman(R) 10 1 5 7 213
90 Ryan Partridge 6 4 6 6 210
91 Bruce Anderson Jr. 11 0 4 8 210
92 Casey Wyatt 10 0 7 9 210
93 Dylan Smith 10 0 3 7 208
94 Craig Stallard 14 0 0 6 208
95 Kyle Benjamin 7 1 6 6 207
96 Andrew Kosiski 13 0 5 9 206
97 Bob Root 10 0 3 7 206
98 Brian Richardson 9 5 9 9 205
99 Chris Spieker 8 3 6 7 205
100 Justin Fontaine(R) 15 0 0 7 204

NWAAS Div. I Pts: Bubar Back At Beech Ridge