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NASCAR honors Stone after big year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Middlebury racecar driver Todd Stone was among four honorees from area racetracks in Charlotte, N.C., this past Friday at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards.
Racers from Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven and Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y., stood on stage at the NASCAR Hall of Fame as they collect track, state and national honors for their performances in 2014.
Stone was recognized for the second consecutive year as both the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) Vermont State Champion and Devil’s Bowl track champion after a four-win Modified campaign. 
Morrisonville, N.Y., driver Jason Durgan mad his first trip to Charlotte as the Vermont State Rookie of the Year after a successful first season in NWAAS Division I Modified competition.
Airborne Modified track champion Nick Heywood of Plattsburgh, N.Y., collected the NWAAS National Rookie of the Year trophy. As a first-year NWAAS Division I license holder, Heywood won five races at Airborne and had a successful limited schedule at Devil’s Bowl. Heywood ranked 13th in overall national Division I standings, and his postseason NASCAR winnings total more than $12,000.
Veteran driver Robert Gordon of Milton was the first driver from the Renegade class honored at the NWAAS Awards for his efforts in Division III. A dominant two-track season saw him sweep championships at both Airborne and Devil’s Bowl and earn enough points to finish fifth in Division III national standings and third among all asphalt track drivers.
The NWAAS sanctions weekly stock car racing at 58 short tracks across the U.S. and Canada, including Airborne and Devil’s Bowl. A common point system determines national, state and provincial champions and award winners. 

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