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THE PODIUM FINISH: For The Weekend of April 15-17

Monday, April 18, 2011
Photo: Eric LaFleche, VLFPhotos.com

Each Monday we take a look at the top performers from around the region over the weekend that was. This week, we look both above and below the Mason-Dixon Line at a couple of familiar faces and one new driver on the scene.

Here's your Top-3 from the weekend of April 15-17:

1. Brian Hoar, Williston, Vt.

Brian Hoar had never won at Lee USA Speedway until Sunday, despite being the all-time ACT Late Model Tour win leader. Hoar led the final 34 laps of the NH Governor's Cup 150 as he got off on the right foot in his bid for a third straight ACT championship and unprecedented eight overall title. Making things even better, Hoar's RPM Motorsports team placed both of its car in the Top-8 in a field of more than 50 entries at Lee.

2. Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn.

For the second week in a row, Christopher makes The Granite Stripe podium, and for the second week in a row he did it by winning a NASCAR Modified Tour race. This time, Christopher went down for Sunday's NASCAR Southern Whelen Modified Tour and won a 150-lap event at South Boston Speedway. He led 52 laps en route to his fifth career Southern Modified Tour win.

3. Sergio Pena, Winchester, Va.

The young Revolution Racing driver who burst onto the scene with a runner-up finish at the 2010 Toyota All-Star Showdown in Irwindale, Calif., picked up the first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory of his career on Sunday in the rain-delayed South Boston 150 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. Pena led the final 10 laps after then-leader Brett Moffitt tangled with a lapped car.

Honorable mention:

Revolution Racing's Darrell Wallace Jr. earned his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East pole on Sunday at South Boston... Scott Dragon led the first 117 laps at Lee USA Speedway from the pole on Sunday and was in position for his fifth career ACT win before fading late... New Hampshire driver Fulton Mountain finished an impressive third in the NH Governor's Cup 150 for his best career ACT finish... Brad Babb impressed everyone who saw it by driving from 30th – dead last – in the NH Governor's Cup 150 on Sunday to finish second.

– TB