With the third weekend of August approaching, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I National Championship enters its final month of competition. With 2016 proving to be one of the closest title fights in recent years, Speed51.com will be a keeping a close watch on all that happens.


On Wednesday, Speed51.com introduced #TheWatch, an in-depth look at the main championship contenders in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition this season. Whether it is the numerous Late Model Stock divisions of the Southeast, the fast Late Models of Southern California, or the mighty SK Modifieds of Connecticut’s three short tracks, the Speed51 staff will have an eye on the contenders.


TS Mobile AppEach week, we will be bringing you driver features on a select contender from a different part of the country. In addition, we will update the latest edition of the Division I national standings and let you know where the top drivers will be competing.


We’re encouraging all fans to use the hashtag #TheWatch on Twitter, both to keep track of racing throughout the weeks ahead and to share your thoughts and images on your favorite championship competitor.


In the most recent standings released by NASCAR on Tuesday, Late Model Stock driver Matt Bowling continues to lead the way after winning a twin bill at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway for his ninth and tenth NWAAS victories. Former national champ Keith Rocco is within three points of Bowling after picking up a pair of wins himself, one at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT) and one at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl (CT). California’s Trevor Huddleston is third in the standings, with former national champion Ted Christopher and defending champion Lee Pulliam rounding the top five.


You can find the full updated standings at NASCAR Home Tracks by clicking here.


Last Week’s Results:

Matt Bowling: Won two Late Model Stock Car races at South Boston and finished sixth at Kingsport Speedway (TN).


Keith Rocco: Finished first and third in a pair of Sunoco Modified features at Thompson. Won the SK Modified feature at New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Rained out at Stafford Motor Speedway.


Trevor Huddleston: Finished first and second in a pair of 30-lap Late Model features at Irwindale.


Ted Christopher: Finished third in the SK Modified race at New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Rained out at Stafford.


Lee Pulliam: Finished second to Phillip Morris in the 150-lap LMSC feature at Motor Mile.


This Week’s Plans:

Bowling: With South Boston enjoying an off weekend, it is unclear where Bowling may end up. We’d expect to see him at Caraway Speedway (NC) for twin 50s on Friday and/or Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) on Saturday for twin LMSC 40s.


Rocco: It will be a mostly normal weekend for Rocco with a 40 lap SK Modified feature at Stafford on Friday and twin 35 lap SK Modified features at New London-Waterford on Saturday.


Huddleston: A regular Late Model feature is on tap for Huddleston at Irwindale Speedway on Saturday night.


Christopher: Like Rocco, Christopher will be at Stafford Motor Speedway for the SK Modified feature on Friday and New London-Waterford on Saturday.


Pulliam: Expected to race twin LMSC 50s at Caraway on Friday. We also wouldn’t be surprised to see his No. 5 at Southern National on Saturday.


-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, MA, Long Island) – Twitter: @Connor51CT

-Photo Credit: South Boston Speedway

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