· UNOH Introduces Youth Achievement Award
BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 12, 2013) – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators
competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight
the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level
of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in
conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte,
Starting next season, a
national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In
recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.
structure in all divisions has been adjusted slightly:
· Drivers receive two points for every car they
finish ahead of in an event, up to 18 cars.
· Three bonus points will be awarded to a race
winner with a single-digit starting position, and five points will be awarded
to a race winner with a double-digit starting position.
“These changes were
based on feedback from our competitors, track operators and fans,” said Bob
Duvall, senior director, business development for NASCAR. “We feel this will
bring an added element to our track’s weekly shows, and we’re already looking
forward to an exciting 2014 season.”
The University of
Northwestern Ohio, a longtime NASCAR partner, announced a Youth Achievement
Award that will be implemented at the track and national levels. The award is
available to drivers in all divisions of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
between the ages of 14-18 with valid a NASCAR license.
The track winner
will be determined by applying the NASCAR point system in the series rule book
based on points earned at that track – counting up to the highest 14 finishes
in a division.
The UNOH Youth
Achievement Award will also recognize a national champion.
Other new elements
announced at the meeting included a Liberty Tire Recycling rubberized mulch
program that aligns with NASCAR’s ongoing Green Initiative and a program for
tracks to secure paint and other related items from Sherwin Williams, the
official paint of NASCAR.
Attendees also got their
first look at the new official’s uniform for all NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series tracks supplied by 5.11 Tactical, in a new partnership announced in
The NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series season will run from Wed., Jan. 1 to Sunday, Sept. 21.