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PODIUM FINISH: Week Ending Aug. 28

Monday, August 29, 2011

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

It was championship weekend around northern New England, and this week's Podium reflects that as tracks and tours begin the late summer stretch of crowning champions. Some great testaments to short-track racing and perseverance this week, too.

So, without further ado...

1. Jeff White, Winthrop, Maine

After years of competing part-time at Oxford Plains Speedway with the hopes of one good run a summer – preferably in the TD Bank Oxford 250 – White won one for the "Everyman" in all of us by securing his first career Oxford Plains Late Model track championship on Saturday night. White finished sixth in the 40-lap Oxford Championship Series feature event to take the title over Donnie Wentworth.

White's summer was an improbably amazing one. He won one of two ACT Late Model Tour events at the track, and he nearly won a second before a fuel issue ended his night while pulling away late with the lead. He also led a slew of laps in the TD Bank 250 and was a threat to win early in that one.

2. Dave Pembroke, E. Montpelier, Vt.

Pembroke went on a torrid second-half stretch at Thunder Road International Speedbowl this season to claim his second "King of the Road" Late Model championship at the track. Pembroke, who won two races this season, finished seventh to clinch the title last Thursday.

3. Evan Beaulieu, Durham, Maine

Beaulieu, 18, won the NELCAR Legends Thursday Night Thunder championship at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, locking it up last Thursday in the final 25-lap feature event of the season. Beaulieu finished fifth, making up a three-point deficit heading into the final week and emerging with a single-point advantage for the title.

Honorable Mention

Alex Bowman of Tucson, Ariz., won the Herr's Live Life with Flavor! 200 at Madison International Raceway. It was the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year leader's first career ARCA start... Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, N.Y., finished second in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour UNOH 150, behind NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman... Joey Polewarczyk Jr. of Hudson, N.H., won the pole for the ACT Can-Am 200 before rain intervened and postponed the event until Sept. 11... Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn., won the 40-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night... Bill Rodgers of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, won the 40-lap Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model feature at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday night and takes a one-point lead over Trevor Sanborn into the final points race of the season next weekend.

– TB