The Whelen All-American Series (formerly the Winston Racing Series and the Dodge Weekly Series) is a points championship for NASCAR sanctioned local short track racing around the United States and Canada. In the 30 years of NASCAR sanctioning weekly racing for a national championship, the tracks have been split, initially by geographical proximity of the tracks for purposes of developing regional champions, then randomly among four divisions and currently by states that have tracks participating.
The series began as the NASCAR Winston Racing Series in 1982 as weekly, local track racing sanctioned by NASCAR. As announced at the Weekly Series banquet in Las Vegas on November 11, 2006, Dodge dropped their sponsorship of the weekly series. Whelen Engineering picked up the sponsorship, renaming it the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. For the 2010 season, NASCAR lowered the age minimum for its weekly racing series from 16 to 14.
In 2005 the Weekly Series became the first NASCAR-sanctioned series to have a permanent presence outside of the United States, as tracks in Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Delaware, Ontario, and Wetaskiwin, Alberta, elected to be represented in the series.
Rules and points system
Under the original regional format (1982-2004), a competition performance index (CPI) was used to determine the regional and national championships. The complicated CPI used four factors -- winning percentage (feature wins / feature starts), top fives (top five finishes / feature starts available at tracks), car counts (track's average car count / highest average car count of track in a region) and starts (features driver started / feature starts available at the track). With the change to the divisional format in 2005 along came a more simplified point system. The system awarded two points per position in the feature event, with a maximum of 25 cars starting and 50 points going to the winner. If more than 25 cars started, two points were awarded from 26th place on back. Bonus points were also awarded to each driver starting a feature -- 20 points for at least 21 cars starting, 10 points for 15 to 20 cars starting, and none for less than 15 cars starting. The same system was used when the change to the state format took place in 2007, but the bonus points were reduced to just five points for the feature winner. In 2010 the maximum was dropped to 20 cars starting and 40 points going to the winner. For the 2014 season the maximum cars starting was dropped to 18 resulting in 36 points for the winner. Bonus points for the feature winner was also changed to three points if the winner started in a single-digit position (i.e., fifth) or five points if the winner had a double-digit starting position (i.e., 12th).
What cars are used to score points in the weekly series is up to the discretion of the individual participating tracks, within Weekly Series guidelines. As of 2005, sportsman, super late models, pro late models, late model stock cars, modifieds, SK modifieds, dirt modifieds, dirt late models, pro stocks and super stocks are considered eligible categories. Participating tracks are all short tracks, ranging from 1/4 mile to 5/8 mile; most are paved, but a significant number of dirt tracks also participate.
- 1982 - Tom Hearst - Muscatine, Iowa
- 1983 - Mike Alexander - Franklin, Tenn.
- 1984 - David Into - Hardeeville, S.C.
- 1985 - Doug McCoun - Prunedale, Calif.
- 1986 - Joe Kosiski - Omaha, Neb.
- 1987 - Roger Dolan - Lisbon, Iowa
- 1988 - Robert Powell - Moncks Corner, S.C.
- 1989 - Larry Phillips - Springfield, Mo.
- 1990 - Max Prestwood - Lenoir, N.C.
- 1991 - Larry Phillips - Springfield, Mo.
- 1992 - Larry Phillips - Springfield, Mo.
- 1993 - Barry Beggarly - Pelham, N.C.
- 1994 - David Rogers - Orlando, Fla.
- 1995 - Larry Phillips - Springfield, Mo.
- 1996 - Larry Phillips - Springfield, Mo.
- 1997 - Dexter Canipe - Claremont, N.C.
- 1998 - Ed Kosiski - Omaha, Neb.
- 1999 - Jeff Leka - Buffalo, Ill.
- 2000 - Gary Webb - Bluegrass, Iowa
- 2001 - Ted Christopher - Plainville, Conn.
- 2002 - Peter Daniels - Lebanon, N.H.
- 2003 - Mark McFarland - Winchester, Va.
- 2004 - Greg Pursley - Santa Clarita, Calif.
- 2005 - Peyton Sellers - Danville, Va.
- 2006 - Philip Morris - Ruckersville, Va.
- 2007 - Steve Carlson - West Salem, Wisc.
- 2008 - Philip Morris - Ruckersville, Va.
- 2009 - Philip Morris - Ruckersville, Va.
- 2010 - Keith Rocco - Wallingford, Conn.
- 2011 - Philip Morris - Ruckersville, Va.
- 2012 - Lee Pulliam - Semora, N.C.
- 2013 - Lee Pulliam - Semora, N.C.
- 2014 - Anthony Anders - Easley, S.C.
- 2015 - Lee Pulliam - Semora, N.C.
- 2016 - Matt Bowling - Ridgeway, Va.
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks for the 2017 season
- Adams County Speedway - Corning, Iowa (1/2 mile dirt)
- Airborne Park Speedway - Plattsburgh, New York (1/2 mile asphalt)
- Alaska Raceway Park - Butte, Alaska (1/3 mile asphalt)
- All-American Speedway - Roseville, California (1/3 mile asphalt)
- Anderson Motor Speedway - Anderson, South Carolina (3/8 mile asphalt)
- Autodrome St. Eustache - St. Eustache, Quebec, Canada (4/10 mile asphalt)
- Beech Ridge Motor Speedway - Scarborough, Maine (1/3 mile asphalt)
- Berlin Raceway - Marne, Michigan (7/16 mile asphalt)
- Bowman-Gray Stadium - Winston-Salem, North Carolina (1/4 mile asphalt)
- The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, Nevada (3/8 mile asphalt)
- Caraway Speedway - Sophia, North Carolina (.455 mile asphalt)
- Cedar Lake Speedway - New Richmond, Wisconsin (3/8 mile clay)
- Chemung Speedrome - Chemung, New York (3/8 mile asphalt)
- Colorado National Speedway - Erie, Colorado (3/8 mile asphalt)
- Columbus Motor Speedway - Columbus, Ohio (1/3 mile asphalt)
- Coos Bay Speedway - Coos Bay, Oregon (.387 mile dirt)
- Devil's Bowl Speedway - West Haven, Vermont (1/3 mile asphalt)
- Devil's Bowl Speedway - West Haven, Vermont (3/10 mile clay)
- Dominion Raceway - Thornburg, Virginia (4/10 mile asphalt)
- East Carolina Motor Speedway - Robertson, North Carolina (3/8 mile asphalt)
- Eastbound International Speedway - Avondale, Newfoundland, Canada (1/3 mile asphalt)
- Edmonton International Raceway - Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada (1/4 mile asphalt)
- Elko Speedway - Elko, Minnesota (3/8 mile asphalt)
- Evergreen Speedway - Monroe, Washington (.646 and 3/8 mile asphalt)
- Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania (1/3 mile dirt)
- Greenville-Pickens Speedway - Greenville, South Carolina (1/2 mile asphalt)
- Hickory Motor Speedway - Hickory, North Carolina (.363 mile asphalt)
- Holland International Speedway - Holland, New York (3/8 mile asphalt)
- Humboldt Speedway - Humboldt, Kansas (.387 mile clay)
- I-25 Speedway - Pueblo, Colorado (1/4 mile asphalt)
- I-80 Speedway - Greenwood, Nebraska (4/10 mile dirt)
- Irwindale Speedway - Irwindale, California (1/2 mile and 1/3 mile asphalt)
- Junction Motor Speedway - McCool Junction, Nebraska (3/8 mile dirt)
- Kalamazoo Speedway - Kalamazoo, Michigan (3/8 mile)
- Kern County Raceway Park - Bakersfield, California (1/2 mile asphalt)
- Kingsport Speedway - Kingsport, Tennessee (3/8 mile concrete)
- La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway - West Salem, Wisconsin (.545 mile and 1/4 mile asphalt)
- Lake County Speedway - Painesville, Ohio (1/5 mile asphalt)
- Langley Speedway - Hampton, Virginia (.395 mile asphalt)
- Lebanon I-44 Speedway - Lebanon, Missouri (3/8 mile asphalt)
- Lee USA Speedway - Lee, New Hampshire (3/8 mile asphalt)
- Limaland Motorsports Park - Lima, Ohio (1/4 mile dirt)
- Lonesome Pine Raceway - Coeburn, Virginia (3/8 mile asphalt)
- Madison International Speedway - Oregon, Wisconsin (1/2 mile asphalt)
- Magic Valley Speedway - Twin Falls, Idaho (1/3 mile asphalt)
- Meridian Spseedway - Meridian, Idaho (1/4 mile asphalt)
- Monadnock Speedway - Winchester, New Hampshire (1/4 mile asphalt)
- Motor Mile Speedway - Radford, Virginia (.416 mile asphalt)
- Myrtle Beach Speedway - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (1/2 mile asphalt)
- New Smyrna Speedway - New Smyrna Beach, Florida (1/2 mile asphalt)
- Riverhead Raceway - Riverhead, New York (1/4 mile asphalt)
- Rockford Speedway - Rockford, Illinois (1/4 mile asphalt)
- Salina Highbanks Speedway - Pryor, Oklahoma (3/8 mile clay)
- Seekonk Speedway - Seekonk, Massachusetts (1/3 mile asphalt)
- South Boston Speedway - South Boston, Virginia (4/10 mile asphalt)
- Southern National Motorsports Park - Kenly, North Carolina (4/10 mile asphalt)
- Spencer Speedway - Williamson, New York (1/2 mile asphalt)
- Stafford Motor Speedway - Stafford Springs, Connecticut (1/2 mile asphalt)
- Stockton "99" Speedway - Stockton, California (1/4 mile asphalt)
- Sunset Speedway - Innisfil, Ontario, Canada (1/3 mile asphalt)
- Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park - Thompson, Connecticut (5/8 mile asphalt)
- Tucson Speedway - Tucson, Arizona (3/8 mile asphalt)
- Utica-Rome Speedway - Utica, New York (1/2 mile clay)