DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Colorado National Speedway is a well-known track located in Dacono, Colorado that has featured some of the best racing in the state for decades, and this year is no exception. The name atop the leader board in the Super Late Model standings, however, is new.
Dominic Ursetta is having a season most drivers only dream about at his home track, and the 26 year-old driver is quick to share the credit for his success.
“My entire family has helped me get to this point in my career and I can’t thank all of them enough,” Ursetta said. “My dad (Dub Ursetta), mom (Regina DeBiase) and stepdad (Joe DeBiase) have all worked hard to support me and I can’t them enough for what they have and are doing for me as I race this season for my first title on asphalt.”
Although this is the first time he has contended for a championship on a paved track, Ursetta has won numerous titles on dirt, where he started his racing career several years ago.
“We have been racing on asphalt for three years and last winter we went back over our car completely and I learned a lot that I have been able to apply this season and it is paying off for us,” Ursetta said.
“Paying off” is a nice way of saying dominating when you consider Ursetta’s performance so far in 2014 at Colorado National Speedway. He is currently on a six-race winning streak and leads the track point standings by 84 points over Chris Eggleston and Bruce Yackey (414-330).
In addition to winning his first track title, Ursetta also enjoys a 89-point lead over Eggleston in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Colorado state championship standings as well.
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.
Anthony Anders (South Carolina), and Keith Rocco (Connecticut) have added to their leads in the state standings as they continue to challenge for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship.
Anders, of Easley, S.C., maintains his 19-point advantage over defending national champion Lee Pulliam as neither driver posted a win last weekend. Rocco remains in third place and has 11 wins, 25 top fives and 28 top 10s in 33 starts. Seven of Rocco’s wins have produced a maximum 41 points. He would need five more maximum-points wins to catch Anders, if the points leader does not increase his total.
Ryan Preece (Thompson, Stafford, Waterford and New York’s Riverhead) is now even with former national champion Peyton Sellers (Motor Mile, Caraway, South Boston and Virginia’s Langley Speedway in Hampton) for fourth in points at 629 points. Preece has 11 wins to Sellers’ five to list ahead of him in the standings.
Sixth thru 10th remained the same this week with Dillon Bassett, who has competed in eight tracks throughout the southeast, in sixth, followed by Kres Van Dyke (Virginia’s Lonesome Pine and Tennessee’s Kingsport Speedway), Tommy Lemons Jr. (South Boston, Southern National, Caraway and Motor Mile), Matt Bowling (South Boston, Motor Mile, Southern National and Caraway), and Chad Finchum (Lonesome Pine and Kingsport) rounding out the top 10..
Ursetta used his win last week to jump from 101st to 83rd in the national standings and has scored eight wins and 11 top-10 finishes in 11 starts this season at Colorado National Speedway.
“I used to dream as a kid watching people like Rick Cirelli race and win here at Colorado National and to be doing that this year is a neat feeling,” Ursetta added. “To be able to win a track championship here would fulfill a dream I had as a kid watching races here when I was growing up. It would be really special.”
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 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame / Charlotte Convention Center on Friday, Dec. 12.
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.
– NASCAR IMC press release. Photo credit: Joe Starr/Colorado National Speedway
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series: National Top 25
|1||Anthony Anders||Hickory, Anderson, Greenville, Myrtle||40||23||35||38||710|
|2||Lee Pulliam||Greenville, S Boston, Caraway, Motor Mile, Southern Natl||32||15||27||28||691|
|3||Keith Rocco||Thompson, Waterford, Stafford||33||11||25||28||673|
|4||Ryan Preece||Stafford, Thompson, Riverhead, Waterford||33||11||26||30||629|
|5||Peyton Sellers||Langley, Motor Mile, Caraway, S Boston||27||5||23||27||629|
|6||Dillon Bassett||Anderson, Southern Natl, Hickory, East Carolina, Motor Mile, Greenville, Langley||24||7||19||23||612|
|7||Kres Vandyke||L Pine, Motor Mile, Kingsport||24||8||20||22||608|
|8||Tommy Lemons, Jr||Caraway, Southern Natl, Motor Mile, S||32||4||19||25||590|
|9||Matt Bowling||Caraway, Southern Natl, S Boston, Langley, Motor Mile||28||2||20||24||576|
|10||Chad Finchum||Kingsport, L Pine||22||10||19||19||574|
|11||Randy Porter||Greenville, Anderson||20||6||15||17||568|
|12||Nick Heywood(R)||Airborne, Devil’s Bowl||19||4||15||19||554|
|13||Ted Christopher||Stafford, Waterford||25||1||13||22||553|
|14||Jason Durgan(R)||Airborne, Devil’s Bowl||31||4||17||27||522|
|15||Marty Ward||Greenville, Anderson||19||0||16||19||522|
|17||Brandon Fox||Anderson, Myrtle, Greenville||35||0||16||22||516|
|18||Greg Edwards||S Boston, Langley||18||6||16||17||508|
|19||Stewart Friesen||Utica Rome, Grandview||16||7||15||15||505|
|21||Matt Waltz||S Boston, Langley||20||9||15||17||501|
|23||Ryan Stiltner||L Pine, Kingsport||22||0||16||20||492|
|24||Cory Dumpert||I-80, Junction||19||9||12||18||491|