NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series

The NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series (formerly the NASCAR Winston West Series and the NASCAR Grand National Division, Autozone West Series) is a regional stock car racing division of NASCAR. The West Series was first formed in 1954 as a proving ground for drivers from the West who could not travel to race in the more traditional stock car racing regions like North Carolina and the rest of the South. Drivers who have raced in the West Series include Kevin Harvick, Brendan Gaughan and Derrike Cope.

In 2003, NASCAR unified the rules for the Busch North (now Busch East) and the West Series, forming the Grand National Division for cars in both series, concluding with the Toyota All Star Showdown in Irwindale, CA, for the Grand National championship.

The series ran two seasons without a sponsor before AutoZone took over sponsorship of the West series, following NASCAR's announcement to discontinue the AutoZone Elite Division after 2006, due to declining support in all four Elite Divisions.

For 2007, NASCAR made several rule changes including a "spec" engine and a composite body to reduce the cost of competing in both the Busch East Series and the AutoZone West Series.

The other regional division at the Grand National level of NASCAR is the Busch East Series.

References

Stock car racing is a form of automobile racing found mainly in the United States and Great Britain held largely on oval rings of between approximately a quarter-mile and 2.66 miles (about 0.4 to 4.2 kilometres) in length, but also raced occasionally on road courses.
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Sport governing body

Category Stock cars
Area of jurisdiction Canada,United States,Mexico
Formation date 1948
Headquarters Daytona Beach, Florida
Charlotte, North Carolina
New York City, New York


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Western United States—commonly referred to as the American West or simply The West—traditionally refers to the region comprising the westernmost states of the United States (see geographical terminology section for further discussion of these
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The State of North Carolina

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Nickname(s): Tar Heel State; Old North State;
The Rip Van Winkle State

''Motto(s): Esse quam videri (Latin: To be, rather than to seem)''

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The Southern United States—commonly referred to as the American South, Dixie, or simply the South—constitutes a large distinctive region in the southeastern and south-central United States.
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Kevin Michael Harvick (born December 8, 1975 in Bakersfield, California) is an American race car driver and car owner, competing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series for Richard
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Brendan Gaughan (born July 10, 1975 in Los Angeles, California) is a truck racer from Las Vegas, Nevada. Gaughan is the grandson of Vegas gaming pioneer Jackie Gaughan and son of Michael Gaughan, a hotel and casino magnate.
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Derrike Cope is a race-car driver in NASCAR, best known for his win at the 1990 Daytona 500. He currently does not have a full-time ride.

Beginnings

Growing up in Spanaway, Washington, racing was just a hobby for Cope, who was a successful catcher on his high-school
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Sport Auto racing
Founded 1987
No. of teams 19 Fully Active
Country(ies)  United States

The NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series is a regional stock car racing division sanctioned by NASCAR.
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June 21 is the 1st day of the year (2nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 0 days remaining.

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Sport governing body

Category Stock cars
Area of jurisdiction Canada,United States,Mexico
Formation date 1948
Headquarters Daytona Beach, Florida
Charlotte, North Carolina
New York City, New York


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William "Bill" Henry Getty France, Sr. "Big Bill" (September 26, 1909-June 7, 1992), was the co-founder of NASCAR, the sanctioning body of United States-based stock car racing.

Background

France was born in Washington, D. C.
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William Clifton France (April 4 1933 - June 4 2007), nicknamed "Bill Jr." and "Little Bill," was an American motorsports executive who served from 1972 to 2000 as the head of NASCAR, the sanctioning body of United States-based stock car racing.
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Michael Helton is currently the president of the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). He replaced Bill France, Jr. in November 2000 as the company's third president. He was named the Chief Operating Officer of NASCAR in February 1999.
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Brian France (born August 2, 1962) is the CEO and chairman of NASCAR, taking over the position from his father, Bill France, Jr., in 2003 [1] . He had previously managed NASCAR's marketing department and touring divisions and was involved in the creation of the Craftsman
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Category Stock car racing
Country or region  United States
Inaugural season
Drivers 49
Teams 22
Engine suppliers 4
Drivers' champion Jimmie Johnson
Teams' champion Hendrick Motorsports

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Sport Auto racing
Founded 1981
No. of teams 25
Country(ies)  Canada
 United States
 Mexico

Most recent champion(s) Kevin Harvick The NASCAR Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR.
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Sport Auto racing
Founded 1993
No. of teams 23
Country(ies)  United States

Most recent champion(s) Todd Bodine The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks.
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NASCAR Local Racing is a group of regional stock car racing divisions sanctioned by NASCAR.

Former Divisions

NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division
  • Midwest Series
  • Northwest Series
  • Southeast Series
  • Southwest Series

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Sport Auto racing
Founded 1987
No. of teams 19 Fully Active
Country(ies)  United States

The NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series is a regional stock car racing division sanctioned by NASCAR.
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The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (WMT) (previously the NASCAR Winston Modified Tour and NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series) is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR in the Modified division.
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The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour (WSMT) is a stock car racing series owned by NASCAR and operated in the Southeastern United States as part of its Modified Division.
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Sport Auto racing
Founded 1981
No. of teams
Country(ies)  Canada

Most recent champion(s) Andrew Ranger The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is a NASCAR series in Canada. It is the successor to the former CASCAR Super Series.
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Sport Auto racing
Founded 2004
No. of teams 35
Country(ies)  Mexico

Most recent champion(s) Rogelio López

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Sport Auto racing
Founded 2004
No. of teams 40
Country(ies)  Mexico

Most recent champion(s) Abraham Calderón

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The NASCAR Mexico T4 Series
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The Whelen All-American Series (formerly the Dodge Weekly Series) is a semi-professional and amateur auto racing series sanctioned by NASCAR. It is commonly seen as the lowest level of competitive racing sanctioned by NASCAR, and is thus the entry point for a number of aspiring
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The Toyota All-Star Showdown is a nonpoints, all-star race that brings together the top drivers in NASCAR's lower-level series.

It was inaugurated in 2003, and all three events so far have been held at Irwindale Speedway in suburban Los Angeles.
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The AutoZone Elite Division, Midwest Series is a defunct racing league that operated from 1998 to 2006 under the direction of NASCAR. The series raced light-weight late model race cars.
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The AutoZone Elite Division, Northwest Series is a defunct racing league that operated from 1985 to 2006 under the direction of NASCAR. The series raced light-weight late model race cars.
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