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PODIUM FINISH: Week Ending Aug. 14

Monday, August 15, 2011

Each Monday we take a look back at the top performances from the week that was from around the region.

What a busy week it was, too, with four divisions at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, special Modified events on a couple of nights in Connecticut and short-track racing across the northeast heading into championship mode.

Without futher ado, we present The Podium:

1. Brian Hoar, Williston, Vt.

A former track record holder in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Hoar collected his first career victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a win in the ACT All-Star Challenge on Saturday. The victory was the record 32nd of Hoar's ACT career as he continued to keep a stranglehold on the top spot in the Tour standings this season.

 

Hoar was impressive in the final 50-lap segment of the two-segment race, charging from 35th in the starting field to the lead in less than 35 laps.

2. Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I.

Stefanik snapped a 13-year New Hampshire Motor Speedway drought on the Whelen Modified Tour by winning the Granite State Classic on Saturday in overtime. Stefanik, who won three of four races at the speedway in 1998 (ironically, the last time IndyCar visited), held on over two green-white-checkered restarts for his 71st career Tour win.

3. Jerry Marquis, Broad Brook, Conn.

Marquis stunned everybody by coming out of retirement unexpectedly and then leading every lap in the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series event ta Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday. Marquis, who last drove in 2007 on the Whelen Modified Tour, was filling in for Rowan Pennink who was at New Hampshire competing in the Granite State Classic.

Honorable Mention

Keith Rocco of Wallingford, Conn., won his first career Valenti Modified Racing Series event on Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway, driving to victory in the rain-postponed 80-lap event. Rocco also finished third the next night in the VMRS event at Waterford... Woody Pitkat of Stafford, Conn., finished second in the Granite State Classic for his best-career Whelen Modfied Tour finish... Texas driver Ryan Hunter-Reay won a wild MoveThatBlock.com INDY 225 at New Hampshire for his first IndyCar Series-sanctioned win on an oval... Josh St. Clair of Liberty, Maine, returned to Unity Raceway and won the 35-lap Late Model event there Saturday... Wayne Helliwell of Dover, N.H., won the Supermodified feature at Lee USA Speedway on Friday... Bill Rodgers of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Victory Lane at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, winning the 40-lap Pro Series feature on Saturday... Dan Colby won at White Mountain Motorsports Park in the Late Model division... Fort Kent, Maine, teenager Austin Theriault finished second in the ACT All-Star Challenge on Saturday to match his best career ACT Late Model Tour finish.