PODIUM FINISH: Week Ending Sept. 11

Monday, September 12, 2011
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Each Monday we take a look back at the top performances from the week that was in the racing world.

Drivers turned in some huge efforts this weekend, both on the local and regional scene, setting the stage for what promises to be a fantastic final few weeks of racing in the northeast. Without further ado...

1. Doug Coby, Milford, Conn.

Coby, who had won just one NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event in the last five years, had his most lucrative day behind the wheel at Thompson International Speedway on Sunday.


Coby picked up his first career win at Thompson in any division by winning the Northern Thompson 125 early in the day, then he followed that up by winning $20,650 in the inaugural UNOH Showdown – a 50-lap sprint pitting the best from the Whelen Modified Tour and Southern Modified Tour.

2. Brian Hoar, Williston, Vt.

Hoar clinched his record eighth ACT Late Model Tour championship by sweeping a pair of ACT races in Quebec over the weekend, first leading every lap to win the All-Star Showdown at Chaudiere on Saturday before returning to Riverside Speedway in Ste-Croix to win the rain-postponed Can-Am 200 after race winner Alex Labbe failed post-race technical inspection.

3. Sergio Pena, Winchester, Va.

Pena won the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 at historic Greenville Pickens Speedway on Saturday for his third K&N Pro Series East victory of his sophomore season in the Revolution Racing No. 4 Toyota. Pena, who led the final 83 laps, won with a margin of victory of more than 4.5-seconds.

Honorable mention

Quinny Welch of Lancaster, N.H., may have had his four-race win streak snapped in the Late Model division at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, but he did claim the track championship in the final points event of the season... Jeff Burgess of East Madison, Maine, won a second straight Late Model feature at Unity Raceway on Saturday for his 50th career win... Connecticut driver Chris Pasteryak won the 80-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series event at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night... Keith Rocco of Wallingford, Conn., kept his hopes for a second straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship alive by winning the 30-lap SK Modified feature at Thompson on Sunday.

– TB