Champions in NASCAR's developmental series are in the Charlotte area this week for end-of-season celebrations.
An awards banquet honoring champions from across North America is scheduled Friday night. Saturday night's main event will bring together the top drivers and car owners from NASCARs top developmental series for a gala.
Taking part, among others, are Jason Bowles (Camping World Series West), George Brunnhoelzl III (Whelen Southern Modified Tour), Donny Lia (Whelen Modified Tour), Philip Morris (Whelen All-American Series), Andrew Ranger (Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1) and Ryan Truex (Camping World Series East).
"NASCAR has really taken care of us and made us all feel like champions," said Brunnhoelzl, a first-time champion. "I really can't thank them enough for this special event.
It's something special," Ranger said. "I'm very proud to be here."