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PODIUM FINISH: Week Ending June 5

Monday, June 6, 2011
Photo: Getty Images/NASCAR

Every Monday we take a look at the weekend that was around the region. Somehow, some way, June got here, and suddenly we're in the throes of a full-blow racing season. It was a great weekend with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut at Bowman Gray Stadium, a pair of events for ACT Late Models and short-track racing all across the northeast. Some guys out there – and you know who you are! – really stepped up.

And away we go:

1. Matt DiBenedetto, Grass Valley, Calif.

The front was the place to be Saturday as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East made its debut at "The Madhouse" – the historic Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. DiBenedetto led all 156 laps in the Army Strong 150 to earn his third career victory and the first for the new X Team Racing.

 

DiBenedetto, a former winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, took the lead from teammate Coleman Pressley on the backstretch of the first lap and never looked back for his third Top-5 finish in four races this season.

2. Jeff White, Winthrop, Maine

White won the ACT Late Model Tour Big Jab 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday for his first career ACT victory. White led all but three laps on his home track, holding off the challenge of 7-time ACT champion Brian Hoar for the victory.

3. Joey Polewarczyk Jr., Hudson, N.H.

Polewarczyk inherited the lead when Brad Leighton ran into trouble just 30 laps from the finish to win the Subway Fresh Fit 150 at Canaan Fair Speedway. Polewarczyk bested a field of 23 Late Models in the postponed open competition for ACT-legal cars.

Honorable Mention

Brian Hoar of Williston, Vt., finished second in both the ACT Big Jab 150 at Oxford Plains on Saturday and the rescheduled Subway Fresh Fit 150 at Canaan Fair Speedway on Sunday. In the process, Hoar padded his lead atop the ACT standings with his Saturday run... Trevor Sanborn of Parsonsfield, Maine, won the postponed NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season opener at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday, dedicating the win to the late Bub Bilodeau, who died after a race at the track one year ago... Keith Rocco of Wallingford, Conn., won SK Modified races at Thompson International Speedway and Stafford Motor Speedway, giving him four wins in six Stafford starts this season and nine wins in 18 starts at three Connecticut short tracks... Jon McKennedy of East Chelmsford, Mass., won the SBM 125 for Tour-type Modifieds at Star Speedway... Michelle Fushpanski of Salisbury, Mass., won the Late Model Sportsman event at Lee USA Speedway on Friday for her first win of the season.