Three Local Drivers In Top-10 Of Latest NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Standings

Ted Christopher leads the way for the three local drivers in the top-10 of the latest NASCAR Whelen All-American Series short track national standings.

Through 20 starts between Stafford Motor Speedway (SK Modified), Thompson International Speedway (SK Modified) and Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway (Modified), Christopher, of Plainville, has amassed 538 points in the standings.

Anthony Anders leads the national standings with 565 points.

The Late Model driver has competed this year at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway, Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway, Hickory (N.C) Speedway and Greenville-Pickens Speedway (Greenville, S.C.).

In 31 starts this year Anders has two victories, 19 top-five’s and 29 top-10’s. Nate Monteith, who competes at Greenville-Pickens and Kingsport Speedway, is second nationally with 550 points. Monteith has six wins, 13 top-five’s and 15 top-10’s in 18 starts this year.

Christopher, the 2001 Whelen All-American Series national champion, has four victories, 15 top-fives and 16 top-10’s in 20 starts this year.

A driver’s best 18 results through Sept. 16 are counted toward their states and national point totals, and champions are decided on overall point total. Once a driver reaches 18 starts, their total would increase incrementally as they replace poorer runs with better results.

Under the point structure for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, a race winner receives two points for every car in the event up to 20 cars. Second place receives two fewer points and so on through the field. Race winners receive an additional five points. For example, if 20 cars are in the field, the winner receives 45 points, second place 38 and third 36. If there are 15 cars, the winner receives 35 points, second 28 and third, 26.

Ryan Preece of Berlin, who has competed this year in the SK Modified divisions at Stafford and Thompson and in a Tour Type Modified at Riverhead, is sixth in the standings nationally with 519 points.

Keith Rocco of Wallingford, the 2010 national champions, is seventh in the standings with 512 points. Rocco competes in the SK Modified divisions at Stafford, Thompson and the Waterford Speedbowl.

Christopher, Preece and Rocco also all compete full-time with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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