Brooks Secures Concord LM Crown
CONCORD, N.C. - Kenny Brooks secured the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points championship for the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division with his eleventh feature race win of the season at Town and Country Ford Night at the Races at Concord Speedway.
“It has been an incredible year and I couldn’t have done it without these guys that help me,” said Brooks. “I can’t forget to thank our sponsor, Don Nance with Don Nance Siding, Gutters and Windows. You know, I’ve been coming out here since I was a little boy and watched my dad win a bunch of races and I just thought that’s what you do. It’s like washing clothes, racing and winning is just what you do.
Brooks notched his 11th win of the season, ninth pole and first-ever NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points championship in the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division 60-Lap feature race.
Brooks won the hard-fought points championship by an astounding 22 points. At one time during the season, he only led by a mere eight points over Andrew Thomas.
Brooks shot out to a strong lead on the field leaving Jeff Melton and Thomas to battle for the second position. Thomas was able to overtake Melton and went on to set his sights on Brooks 10-car length lead.
Meanwhile, the battle for fourth position was heating up between Jerry Miracle and Cole Custer. Miracle and Custer were able to make the pass on Meltons third place position by lap 28. The caution flag halted the action on the track on lap 33 for the spun cars of Tony Pasquarello Sr. and Judson Dyar in turn two.
On lap 43, the caution came out yet again for oil down from Meltons car. When the field finally got back green flag racing, Custer was sent to the tail for making a pit stop.
This allowed Miracle to move up into the third position. Thomas was never able to track down Brooks lengthy lead and finished in second, while Miracle rounded out the top three.
Schoffen took home not only his seventh feature race win, but also the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Championship in the Pepsi Street Stocks division.
Schoffen proved he had the strongest car by overtaking pole sitter, Charles Hutto by only lap two. Schoffen continued to stretch out his lead while Hutto and Cooper Faassen battled it out for second position.
However, Hutto was able to keep Faassen in his rear view mirror for the entirety of the 30-Lap feature race and they finished in second and third.
Ballard grabbed his first feature race win of the season in the Town and Country Ford division 25-Lap race. However, Morgan took home the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Championship for the Fast and Furious Fours division.
Ballard jumped out to an early, early 10-car length lead on the field right off the bat. However, Morgan was carefully weaving his way from the back of the pack and passed Chris Parham for the second place after only three laps.
By halfway, Morgan had narrowed Ballards strong lead to only 2-car lengths. Morgan was never able to overtake Ballard for the lead and went on to finish second with Parham in third.
Nichols took home the victory in the Heintz Performance Sportsman division feature race. However, Miller grabbed the Track Championship for the division. The race was plagued by two cautions before lap three, including a five-car pile-up in turn two.
When the field finally got back green flag racing, Miller was able to secure second position and Larry Huneycutt rounded out the top three.
Sonny Schoffen was named the Pepsi Street Stocks division Champion, Adam Morgan won the Town and Country Ford Fast and Furious Fours division Championship, David Miller was crowned the Heintz Performance Sportsman division Champion and Bob Hapeman was named the Vintage Sportsman division Champion for the 2012 season at Concord Speedway.