Anthony Anders Leads National Short Track Standings; Keith Rocco, Ryan Preece In Top Five

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A pair of wins over the weekend at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C. helped Anthony Anders extend his lead at the top of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national short track standings this week.

Anders extended was was a six-point lead to 10-point lead at the top of the standings over second place and two-time defending national champion Lee Pulliam.

Anders has 27 wins, 40 top-five’s and 44 top-10’s in 46 starts this year between Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway, Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway, Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway and Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. He has 718 points.

Pulliam has 21 victories, 35 top-five’s and 36 top-10’s in 40 starts this year between Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C., South Boston and Motor Mile. Pulliam has 708 points.

Under the point structure for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I standings, a race winner receives two points for every car in the event up to 18 cars. Second place receives two fewer points and so on through the field. Three bonus points will be awarded to a race winner with a single-digit starting position and five bonus points will be awarded to a race winner with a double-digit starting position.

Local driver Keith Rocco of Wallingford remained third in in the national standings.

Rocco, the 2010 national champion, competes full-time in the Whelen All-American Division I SK Modified ranks at the Waterford Speedbowl, Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway. He has 13 victories, 30 top-fives and 33 top-10’s in 38 starts this year for 690 points.

Ryan Preece of Berlin dropped from fourth to fifth in the national standings. Preece has 637 points on the strength of 12 victories, 32 top-five’s and 36 top-10’s in 39 starts. Preece competes full-time in the SK Modified divisions at Stafford and Thompson and part-time in the Tour Type Modified division at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway and the SK Modified division at Waterford.

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