It was a slow weekend in the racing world on the regional level, in part because of the Easter holiday and also in part to the rain that washed away the few things that were planned for Saturday in the northeast.
That being said, we've still cobbled together a Podium Finish, with a couple of unexpected headliners and one that was -- well -- quite expected. Let's see who made the Top-3 for the weekend of April 22-24:
1. Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn.
Where have we seen this before? No, seriously, stop me if you're surprised. Ted Christopher continued to wheel the heck out of NASCAR Modifieds, heading to Caraway Speedway and posting his second straight NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour victory on Saturday.
And, in case you're keeping score at home (and we know you are...), that's three straight Tour wins for TC and four straight Modified wins overall. He won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener at Connecticut's Thompson International Speedway three weeks ago, on the same day he won a 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature at the track.
2. Kyle Busch, Las Vegas, Nev.
Kyle Busch was nearly perfect over the weekend at Nashville, taking the top spot in practice, qualifying and race for the Camping World Truck Series on Friday. He was also fastest in practice for the Nationwide Series event at the same track on that same day.
But Busch made headlines in the northeast only three days before when he and Oxford Plains Speedway announced that he would be entering the TD Bank Oxford 250 on July 24 and competing the night before in a PASS-sanctioned 150-lap Super Late Model race at OPS... both in his own Kyle Busch Motorsports equipment.
3. Rachel Gilbert
So, this didn't exactly fall last weekend -- but it was close enough.
Gilbert will celebrate her 100th birthday tomorrow with a trip around New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The goal: To match her speedometer to her age. I say, even if she doesn't make it, she wins just for trying, Welcome to the podium, Ms. Gilbert.