DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — After he fell just short of his third straight Colorado championship and Late Model title at Colorado National Speedway, veteran Bruce Yackey is off to a strong start in 2015 and is ready to start another streak of accomplishments.
Yackey finished second to Dominic Ursetta last season and while many drivers would welcome a second-place finish in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state points, that is something Yackey is not used to.
He has used that for motivation so far this season.
“We tried some new things last year like bump stops and that really didn’t work well for us so we went back to doing what we know best and it has paid off for us so far this season,” Yackey said. “There is still a lot of racing to go here in the state and we are going to keep working every week to get better and race as much as possible.”
While rain has played havoc with the schedule at Colorado National, it has opened the door for Yackey to participate in races at I-25 Speedway in Pueblo, Colorado. This is the first year the track has been NASCAR-sanctioned and Yackey has made two starts there.
“(I-25) is about a three or four hour drive for us but it’s nice to have another sanctioned track in the state we can race at now for points,” he said. “We really want another state title and track championship at CNS.”
For the first time this season there has been a change atop the national standings.
Keith Rocco made the most of his four starts in his asphalt Modified last weekend to pick up another win, three top-five and three top 10 finishes at Connecticut’s Stafford Speedway, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and New London-Waterford Speedbowl to jump past Lee Pulliam with 590 points.
Pulliam picked another two wins last weekend in his asphalt Late Model to improve to 536 points (10 wins, 19 top fives and 21 top 10s in 22 starts) at Virginia’s Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, South Boston Speedway and Langley Speedway in Hampton, in addition to Caraway Speedway in Sophia, North Carolina.
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.
The Whelen All-American Series points season will run through Sunday, Sept. 20.
Connecticut’s Ryan Preece (Stafford, Thompson and New York’s Riverhead Raceway) jumped to third place this week. He has four wins, 12 top fives and 12 top-10s in 17 starts for 490 points.
Tennessee’s Kres VanDyke (Tennessee’s Kingsport Speedway and Lonesome Pine Raceway in Virginia) and South Carolina’s David Roberts (South Carolina’s Anderson Speedway and Greenville Pickens Speedway) round out the top five.
Matt Howling (Langley, Motor Mile and South Boston), Trey Gibson (Greenville Pickens and Anderson), Wayne Hale (Kingsport, Lonesome Pine), Kyle Barnes (Kingsport, Lonesome Pine), and newcomer Josh Berry, competing at five different tracks in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, completes the top 10.
Out West, while Yackey is happy to get off to a good start, he is also very ecstatic about his son’s season so far in a Super Stock at Colorado.
Brett Yackey is currently tied for the points lead in the division with Michael Cox and judging by his early performance, the elder Yackey feels it’s just a matter of time before he is challenging his dad for wins.
“Brett has done a great job and I am proud of him,” he added. “Last year he drove a Pure Stock and finished 11th in our Challenge Cup race and this year he has already ran well in a Super Stock and Late Model and I think he has the talent to eventually challenge for a win in our division.”
The top three in the national standings, as well as state and province champions, track 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.
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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