NWAAS • August 28, 2015
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division II-V Update
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 27, 2015) - In this age of the backyard garage in weekly racing almost becoming extinct, Charlie Rose is proving that you can still be successful and do it yourself.
For the first time since 2005, Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway returned to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for 2015 with Rose and two of his fellow competitors - Robert Pelland and Dylan Estrella - engaged in a tight battle for the track’s late model championship. Pelland leads overall with Rose in third, just 11 points out of the lead.
All three drivers are also giving Seekonk Speedway a respectable showing in the NWAAS Division II standings with Estrella 18th, Pelland 22nd, and Rose just three points behind in 23rd.
Rose’s dad, Charlie Sr., built race cars for many years, which is how he got the racing bug, and also decided he would do it all himself out of his race shop next to his house.
"Most people today buy everything ready to go and just put it on and go racing or have someone else work on it for them," Rose said. "We do everything in house and we take pride in that because when you do it yourself it really means something with everyone working on the car. My dad built cars and I just picked it up from him and started doing the same thing."
Rose and Pelland share an impressive record of 15 top-10 finishes in as many starts this season and with a big night this Saturday, Rose hopes he can vault back to the top of the track standings and move up in the national standings as well.
"This Saturday night will probably make or break for two of us and give the other driver the advantage with it being a double points race," Rose said. "Hopefully we can get back to winning races this Saturday night and over the final month of the season."
Rose picked up his lone win in June and had a string of runner-up finishes before falling off a little in July.
"Our car just didn’t seem to like the warmer weather and hopefully with it starting to cool down, we can get our car back like it was earlier this year and pick up a win or two," Rose said.
Rose enjoys racing at Seekonk, and besides the fact that it’s close to his home, he enjoys competing at the NASCAR-sanctioned track. He’s been racing over 30 years and he got his most recent opportunity to race late models while helping a young racer named Jeremy Lilly.
"I was working on Jeremy’s car when his dad offered to let me drive their other car and that’s what we’ve been doing ever since," Rose said. "Jimmy St. Germain and Roscoe help me on my car during the week at the shop and on race weekends we join up with my car owner Joe (Lilly) and we all help each other out."
Rose who has won Pro Stock titles at other tracks in New England, likes doing it himself and if he ever decided to hang up his driving helmet, he’ll probably still be working on race cars just like his dad did years ago.
"I like to race but I think I enjoy working on race cars and figuring them out as much as I do driving them so I’ll have fun either way," Rose added. "We’re going to race hard for a championship but we want to have fun too at Seekonk."
Columbus (Ohio) Speedway’s Kyle Purvis continues to lead the Division II national standings over Chris Hawkins (Oklahoma’s Salina Speedway and Flint Creek Speedway) by 42 points (483-441) with Matthew Janczuk representing Utica-Rome (New York) Speedway just one point behind Hawkins in third place.
Brett Kressley of Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway moved up from seventh place to fourth this week with Columbus having a second driver in the top five this week with Shane Shirk fifth.
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division II-V drivers are ranked by their best 14 NASCAR point 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 if the driver starts 10th or lower.
In other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standings:
DIVISION III: Ryan Jenkins from Iowa’s Adams County (Iowa) Speedway and Junction Motor Speedway in Nebraska continues to lead the Division III standings by seven points over Chuck Schutz Jr. who competes at Grandview (463-457). Elko (Minnesota) Speedway’s Brent Kane is third with Stafford (Connecticut) Motor Speedway driver Stephen Kopcik fourth. Brad Burns, from South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway, rounds out the top five.
DIVISION IV: Grant Brown (Elko) remains in first place, however, Ryan Smith (Columbus) was able to slice 14 points off of Brown’s lead from a week ago and now sits just four points out of first place (448-443). Defending division champion AJ Saunders Jr. (North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium and Caraway Speedway) is third with Utica-Rome’s Glenn Forward and Mike Welch rounding out the top five, respectively.
DIVISION V: National points leader Thomas Tillison Jr. isn’t the only driver making Salina Highbanks and Flint Creek proud as Jack Kirby remains atop the standings again this week. Pennsylvania’s Aaron Van Fleet is second from Motordrome Speedway. Elko drivers Justin Schelitzche and Ashley Bell are third and fourth, while Lake County (Ohio) Speedway competitor Hunter Combs completes the top five.
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.
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