THE PODIUM FINISH: Week Ending May 1

Monday, May 2, 2011
Photo: Travis Barrett/GWC

Each Monday we take a look at the top performers from around the region over the weekend that was. There was plenty of action all up and down the northeast, and some truly impressive performances from a group of drivers who will all compete at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the coming months.

Here we go:

1. Darrell Wallace Jr., Mobile, Ala.

The Revolution Racing driver earned his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory on one of NASCAR's national series track, dominating the Blue Ox 100 on Thursday night at Richmond International Raceway. The victory was the third career K&N win for Wallace, a Joe Gibbs Racing development driver, and handed him the series points lead through three races.

With Andy Santerre as crew chief, Wallace then went out and ran in the Top-5 for much of Denny Hamlin's Short Track Showdown Late Model race that night before being collected in a late-race accident that had cars sprawled across the track's backstretch.

2. Bobby Santos III, Franklin, Mass.

Santos atoned for a rough start to the season, when engine trouble ended his day in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener a few weeks ago. But on Sunday, Santos – the reigning series champ – led all but a few laps to win the Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

3. Nick Sweet, Barre, Vt.

The hometown boy made good once again, winning his second consecutive ACT Late Model Tour Merchants Bank 150 Sunday at Thunder Road International Speedbowl. The 2010 Thunder Road Late Model Champion – "The King of The Road" – was especially impressive as he pulled away from the rest of an ill-handling field when the final 141 laps were contested without a caution flag.

Honorable Mentions

John Donahue (3rd) and Brian Hoar (5th) each posted their second straight Top-5 finishes in as many races to start the ACT season... Johnny Clark led virtually every lap to win the PASS North Series season opener at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday... Corey LaJoie, son of two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champ Randy LaJoie, came from 21st starting position to finish 2nd to Wallace in the K&N Pro Series East race at Richmond... Les Hinckley went from third to first over the final seven laps to win the Valenti Modified Racing Series opener at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday night.