NASCAR CHAMPIONS WEEK IN FULL SWING
Truex Rules Karting Challenge;
Drivers Participate In Extensive Media Tour
Champions Week is in full swing. All five of NASCAR’s touring series title
winners, along with the champion of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series,
have made their way to the center of the NASCAR world for a full week of
activities leading up to the NASCAR Touring Series Awards Gala and NASCAR
Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet.
NASCAR champions Jason Bowles (Camping World Series West), George
Brunnhoelzl III (Whelen Southern Modified Tour), Donny Lia (Whelen Modified
Tour), Philip Morris (Whelen All-American Series), Andrew Ranger (Canadian
Tire Series presented by Mobil 1) and Ryan Truex (Camping World Series East)
are on hand to celebrate their achievements over the course of the 2009
After taking part in several media interviews in the morning hours
including an appearance by Morris and Truex on the FOX News Rising program
from the studios of WCCB in Charlotte, the six champions geared up for the
highlight of the day – the Second Annual NASCAR Toyota Champions/Media
Go-Kart Showdown presented by Sirius XM Radio.
Held at Victory Lane Karting, an indoor karting facility located in
Charlotte housing a challenging .333-mile track, Truex made the Camping
World Series East proud by taking the checkered flag.
“It was a lot of fun out there,” said Truex. “There were really a
lot of talented drivers out there. It’s a great track and an honor to win.
I’d really like to thank NASCAR for having us all here. They really make you
feel like a champion.”
Jay Pennell from allleftturns.com turned in a solid performance
from the media portion of the field with a runner-up finish. Jason Bowles
took the final podium spot in third.
Ranger and Brunnhoelzl rounded out the top five. Morris, who
competed in the first event in Anaheim , Calif. , finished ninth, and Lia
spun while battling for a top five spot on the final lap and finished 12th.
“That was really a lot of fun,” Bowles said. “To get an opportunity
to race against that caliber of competition just for fun was pretty
The Sirius NASCAR Radio show “Tradin’ Paint” with hosts Rick
Benjamin and Chocolate Myers was on hand and broadcasted live from the
Following the karting challenge, the champions resumed their media
tour with appearances at Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Performance Racing
The six NASCAR title winners then made their way to the still
under-construction NASCAR Hall of Fame for a special photo shoot
commemorating their championship seasons. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is slated
to open in May 2010.
The day’s activities will conclude Tuesday evening with a VIP dinner at the
Sam Bass Gallery in Concord that features the work of NASCAR’s first
officially licensed artist.
The rest of the week’s activities are scheduled to include the Jim
Hunter Golf Invitational on Wednesday, along with the NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series State Champions Dinner on Thursday and the Driver
Briefings Friday morning.
The week culminates with the two award ceremonies. The NASCAR
Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet will take place Friday evening at
the Concord Convention Center with track and state champions to be honored
along with Morris, the national champion. The NASCAR Touring Series Awards
Gala, which will honor the championship seasons of Bowles, Brunnhoelzl, Lia,
Ranger and Truex, will be held at the same venue on Saturday evening. Both
banquets will be streamed live online at
Source: Shon Sbarra