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PODIUM FINISH: Week Ending May 22

Monday, May 23, 2011
Brian Hoar Photo: Travis Barrett/GWC

Each Monday we take a look at the top performers from around the region over the weekend that was. Lots of big performances out there, from the touring ranks to the weekly short-track battles. Still, when it came right down to it, there were some familiar faces visiting Victory Lane.

Here we go:

1. Brian Hoar, Williston, Vt.

Hoar won his second straight Spring Green on the ACT Late Model Tour Sunday, picking up the lead on Lap 75 of the 111-lap main event at Devil's Bowl Speedway and cruising off to his second Tour win of the season in just three races. The seven-time ACT champion became the first driver to win 30 races in his career, and he also became the first driver to win an ACT event at Devil's Bowl. The track was paved prior to the 2010 season.

 

Hoar survived some moisture seeping throug the track surface as well as a rough-and-tumble challenge from Craig Bushey in picking up the victory and extending his series points lead over John Donahue.

2. Brett Moffitt, Grimes, Iowa

Moffitt made it look easy and became a hometown hero by winning the Pork 'Be Inspired' 175 at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night – a combination event for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. Moffitt, who grew up near the track, earned his first win there after dominating the 2010 event but coming up short. He led 138 of the 175 laps on the .875-mile oval for his Michael Waltrip Racing team.

3. Shaun Buffington, Plainfield, Conn.

Buffington took a win on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway road course Sunday during the Vintage celebration, giving him four wins in the last five NELCAR Legends races this season. Though the previous three wins came on ovals – including the NHMS quarter-mile – this was his first win on the 1.6-mile road course.

Honorable Mention

Ted Christopher of Plainville, Conn., won his second straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature on Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway, giving him 94 career wins in the division at the track... Defending national Whelen All-American Series champion Keith Rocco of Wallingford, Conn., won again at Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday... Jeff Burgess of East Madison, Maine, won the opening day 111-lap Late Model feature at Unity Raceway... Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Mass., was third in the Pork 'Be Inspired' 175 at Iowa, his best finish of the season.

--TB