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PODIUM FINISH: Week Ending June 19

Monday, June 20, 2011
Photo: NASCAR

Each Monday we take a look back at the top performers from the weekend that was.

ACT teams had one shot to take a victory at White Mountain Motorsports Park, a flurry of activity took place surrounding the 88th Loudon Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and racing has hit high gear around the northeast.

Here we go:

1. Richie Evans, Rome, N.Y.

The announcement that Evans would be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame with this class was a victory for Modified and short-track racers everywhere. Evans' legend was as big as his talent, and his lifestyle was the embodiment of the short-track culture.

 

Evans made more than 1,400 starts in his career and won more than 475 feature events, including 37 wins in 60 races in 1979. Evans won 9 NASCAR Modified championships, the most for any driver in a single NASCAR divisions, including eight in a row from 1978-1985.

2. John Donahue, Graniteville, Vt.

Hard to believe that Saturday night's victory at White Mountain Motorsports Park was Donahue's first of the ACT Late Model Tour season, but it was. Donahue led the final 87 laps at White Mountain for his second career ACT win at the track and the fourth overall of his career.

3. Shaun Buffington, Plainfield, Conn.

Buffington claimed the NELCAR Legends feature at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, his fourth win in four starts at the track this season. The win came in a qualifier for the Legends Road Course Nationals, too.

Honorable Mention

Patrick Hamel of St. Edouard, Que., won the ACT Castrol Hamel Construction 100 at Riverside Speedway Saturday night for his first career series win... Sergio Pena of Winchester, Va., won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East VisitHamptonVA 175 at Langley Speedway. It was Pena's second win of the season... Mike Hopkins of Hermon, Maine, has now gone 5-for-5 in Late Model competition at Speedway 95 near Bangor this season... Dennis Spencer Jr. of Oxford, Maine, finished 10th in the ACT White Mountain 150 on Saturday night after starting dead last – 31st – in the field. He was only added to the field after ACT officials discovered a scoring error during the qualifying rounds and offered him the tail-end spot on the grid... Woody Pitkat of Stafford, Conn., won the 30-lap SK Modified feature at Thompson International Speedway last Thursday in his first ride with his new team... David Oliver of Standish, Maine, won the Coors Light 100 on the Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series card at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

– TB