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PODIUM FINISH: Week Ending Oct. 2

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Photo: Getty Images/NASCAR

At the beginning of each week, we take a look back at the top performers from the week that was across the regional racing landscape.

Rain, rain, rain. Seemed like a dominant theme for any track north of Connecticult last weekend, but both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour held important on-track battles in their overall championship picture.

Without further ado, here's a look back at who was at their best in crunch time:

1. Max Gresham, Griffin, Ga.

Gresham finished third on Friday in the Dover 150 at Dover International Speedway to win his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship.

 

The 18-year-old posted two wins and an incredible nine Top-5 finishes in 12 starts this season. Perhaps even more remarkably, he finished outside the Top-10 only once all year and completed every lap run in just his second full season in the series.

2. Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn.

Christopher – whose name has become synonymous with Stafford Motor Speedway – passed Erick Rudolph on the final lap to win the Fall Final 150 on Sunday. The victory was the 12th Tour win of Christopher's career at Stafford, where he has 114 total feature victories, and it was his fourth win of the season.

3. Darrell Wallace Jr., Mobile, Ala.

Wallace won the K&N Pro Series East season finale at Dover on Friday, his third win of the 2011 season and his fifth career series victory. The win carried added significance for the Revolution Racing driver, who lost his uncle in the week leading up to the event.

Honorable Mention

Alex Bowman of Tucson, Ariz., finished 23rd in the Dover 150 to secure the K&N Pro Series East Sunoco Rookie of the Year award... Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, N.Y., won the Coors Light Pole Award at Stafford on Saturday for his second straight Fall Final 150 pole... Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn., finished second in the Fall Final 150 for his best finish of the season in his family-owned ride... Veteran Dale Quarterley of Westfield, Mass, finished second in the Dover 150 for his season-best result.

-- TB