Past Champ Joe Aramendia Returns To The Top
A Texan with multiple NASCAR championships is on the rise again in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standings.
Joe Aramendia, 49, of Seguin, Texas, is ranked 17th in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings. With eight wins and 11 top-fives in 11 starts, he leads Texas’ NASCAR point standings as well as the NASCAR Modified track standings at Houston Motorsports Park and Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle. Both are .375-mile paved ovals.
For Aramendia, his brother John and longtime sponsor Frank Gabrysch of Premier Minerals, the 2012 season marks a return to full-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition. They took a year off to do some traveling Late Model racing in 2011.
“Frank and my brother wanted us to get back to running for NASCAR championships,” Aramendia said. “I like racing at these two NASCAR tracks for the competition.”
Anthony Anders leads the NASCAR national standings with 507 points and won his first asphalt Late Model feature of the year on Saturday at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C. His overall racing record through the weekend includes one win, 13 top-fives and 22 top-10s in 24 starts.
Anders also competes at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway, Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway, and Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
Pavement Late Model drivers continue hold the top five positions in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national point race.
Nate Monteith is second in the nation with four wins and 422 points racing at Kingsport and Greenville.
C.E. Falk III moved from fourth to third in national ranking this week with six wins and 414 points racing at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., South Boston (Va.) Speedway and Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.
Matt Bowling is fourth in the standings with one win 397 points racing at the same tracks as Falk. Deac McCaskill is ranked fifth nationally with nine wins and 385 points racing at South Boston and Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C.
A driver’s best 18 results through Sept. 16 are counted toward their states and national point totals, and the champions are decided on overall point total. Once a driver reaches 18 starts, their total would increase incrementally as they replace some poorer runs with better results.
Aramendia has a wealth of NASCAR experience. He won the final NASCAR Late Model championship at the former San Antonio Speedway in 2006. He won consecutive Texas state championships and Houston’s Late Model track championships in 2009-10.
He also made three NASCAR Nationwide Series starts in 2003 and seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, most recently in 2010.
Aramendia has been able to adapt to the changes and excel at his NASCAR Home Tracks. His previous track titles came in single-track seasons. This year he races at two tracks.
Thunderhill Raceway joined Houston as a NASCAR track last year. During Aramendia’s absence, both tracks shifted their NASCAR Division I from full bodied Late Models to open wheel Modifieds.
“The Modifieds use a narrower tire so there’s more driving to be done,” Aramendia said. “You have to make the car do what you want it to do. Late Models require more finesse. It really doesn’t matter what kind of car I’m driving. I love racing and I love competition.”
Aramendia drives the same car for both tracks, but uses different springs, shocks, gears and set-ups at each. The “luxury” is that since the tracks operate on alternating Saturday nights, the team has a week between races to make the adjustments.
At Thunderhill, Aramendia, his wife Carolyn and nephew Brian Moczygemba also compete. Carolyn is a past champion and leads the track’s Grand Stock division standings, while Moczygemba is second in current track Late Model standings.Under the points structure for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the 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.
Track, state and provincial champions and the top-three finishers in the national standings earn invitations to the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet in December.