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PODIUM FINISH: Week Ending Sept. 25

Monday, September 26, 2011
Photo: Travis Barrett/GWC

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

A jam-packed weekend of racing in New England – with most of it dodging the raindrops and taking place at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during Sylvania 300 weekend. Not surprisingly, with only a few weeks left in most seasons regionally, the points battles heated up this weekend.

Without further ado, here's the best from the weekend:

1. Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, Mass.

MacDonald became the first repeat winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the ACT Late Model Tour ranks, holding off Nick Sweet to win the 3rd annual ACT Invitational on Saturday. MacDonald, who also won the event in 2009, now has five career wins at New Hampshire – including three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victories.

 

MacDonald and Sweet turned the 50-lap Invitational into the best race of the weekend in Loudon, N.H., racing side by side over the final four laps to the checkered flag. The action came one day after MacDonald finished fifth in the New England 125 for the K&N Pro Series East.

2. Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn.

Silk regained the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points lead over Todd Szegedy by winning the New Hampshire 100 on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Silk took control of the event – leading a race-high 66 laps – and pulled away on a final restart with two laps remaining.

3. Brett Moffitt, Grimes, Iowa

The Michael Waltrip Racing driver picked up career win No. 1 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the rain-shortened New England 125 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on Friday. With the win, Moffitt set the stage for a championship battle with Max Gresham in the season finale this week at Dover International Speedway – by winning and leading the most laps, Moffitt cut his points deficit to just 21 points heading into the final race.

Honorable mention

Connecticut driver Shaun Buffington won the NELCAR Legends invitational race on Sunday morning at New Hampshire... Tony Stewart of Rushville, Ind., won the Sylvania 300 for his third career New Hampshire win and his second straight to open this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup... Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, Conn., finished second to Silk in the New Hampshire 100 – his sixth straight Top-5 finish and fifth Top-3 finish in the last six races.

– TB