PODIUM FINISH: Week Ending June 12

Monday, June 13, 2011
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Each Monday we look back at the top performers from the weekend that was.

Rain played a big part in the festivities – where have we heard that before this season? – canceling races across northern New England. But they did race a few times across the region, as well as north of the border, and more than a few teams were up to the challenge.

Here we go:

1. Max Gresham, Griffin, Ga.

Don't look now, but the 18-year-old driver's win at Gresham Motorsports Park (Coincidence? Nah.) on Saturday night put him right in the thick of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship picture. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver earned his first win of the season in the rain-delayed Slack Auto Parts 150 and sits just five points behind Darrell Wallace Jr. through six races.


Gresham has three career K&N Pro Series victories in 19 starts, including wins at Iowa Speedway and South Boston Speedway last season.

2. Patrick Laperle, St. Denis, Que.

Laperle led the final 40 laps at Montmagny to take the ACT Castrol Series 100 victory on Saturday night. The former series champion has a pair of wins this season on the Canadian-based Late Model Tour, this one coming after starting 14th in the field. He needed just 60 laps to get to the front – despite the benefit of just one caution period.

3. Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn.

Preece dominated the Coors Light 100 for SK Modifieds at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night, just days after announcing that he would be leaving the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this season. He held off several of the division's best drivers, including Ted Christopher, Woody Pitkat and Eric Berndt – each of them also regulars on the NASCAR Tour – to collect the victory.

Honorable Mention

Jeff Burgess of East Madison, Maine, won the 35-lap Late Model feature at Unity Raceway on Saturday night for his third victory in just four starts this season... Jimmy Renfrew of Hooksett, N.H., won his heat and the feature event for the Late Model Sportsman class at Lee USA Speedway on Friday.

– TB