Story by: Andy Marquis ~ [email protected]

Copper Hill, VA(January 24, 2013) – With the Inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway less than a month away, Late Model Stock Car teams are making their plans to make the drive down Interstate 95 for a February classic.

Drivers such as defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion Lee Pulliam, Matt Bowling, CE Falk, Nate Monteith, Coleman Pressley and more plan on running the 150 lap feature event.  The cars will race on a 4/10 mile temporary oval along the backstretch of the famed Daytona International Speedway.

The NASCAR Whelen All American Series will join the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in competing along the temporary course but, more importantly, is added to the all-star Speedweeks cast at the World Center of Speed.  It’s a rare opportunity for the Late Model stars to stand out.

Previously, the Toyota All Star Showdown had been held at Irwindale Speedway before it’s temporary closure.  That race featured NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models and NASCAR K&N Pro Series racecars.  NASCAR elected to move the race to Daytona, where it was backed by sponsorship from the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH).

Running the event in Daytona gives NASCAR a chance to spotlight each of their touring divisions and the Late Models on the week that the racing world is glued to Daytona.  There is already renewed excitement over this year’s Budweiser Speedweeks at Daytona.  The new Gen-6 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racecar will make its racing debut in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona on February 16th, just hours after the 50th ARCA Racing Series race at Daytona.

With the races being televised on FOX Sports/SPEED, fans at home will tune in during the two day event to watch the rising stars of the sport.

The NASCAR Whelen All American Series race will be on Monday night, February 17th, and will be there for the all-day spectacle.  Late Models will take to the track for practice from 9am-11am.  From there, the two NASCAR touring divisions will practice until the four 25 lap heat races begin at 4pm.  There will also be one last chance qualifier before the 150 lap, 60 mile main event goes green at 7:15pm EST.

The touring divisions will run their qualifying races on Tuesday, February 18th, with qualifying races beginning at 3pm and the feature events starting at 7:15pm.  Both events will run 150 lap features.

Leading up to the UNOH Battle at the Beach, will spotlight several of the Late Model stars who anticipate running the event.  Drivers such as the defending national champion Lee Pulliam, Nate Monteith, CE Falk and other regional and national favorites.

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