Each Monday we take a look back at the top performances from the past weekend.
As championships get decided and the last few events of the season wind down, the efforts get all the more impressive, and this past week was no exception.
Without further ado, here are the top performances from the week that was:
1. Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn.
On the surface, Silk's 16th-place finish in the season-ending Sunoco World Series 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour wasn't all that impressive. But when you consider that Silk was as many as nine laps down a third of the way through the race after being caught up in oil left on the track at Thompson International Speedway and rallied back from as far back as 31st in the running order, it was the mettle of championship teams.
Silk won three times this season en route to his first career series championship – and the first for his car owner, Eddie Partridge.
2. Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Mass.
Reen earned his first career Whelen Modified Tour victory Sunday at Thompson in just his fifth start of the season. Reen benefited from a caution-marred event that took out several top contenders, but he was at his best when he needed to be over a series of late-race restarts in which he pulled away from the field.
3. Scott Mulkern, Falmouth, Maine
The veteran Super Late Model racer cashed in on a part-time schedule on Saturday at Oxford Plains Speedway, winning the rain-shortened PASS Championship 150. While Mulkern won the race and then dedicated the popular victory to his late father in a soggy Victory Lane, his full-time driver finished seventh in the same race to clinch second for Mulkern in the PASS North Series owner standings.
This one goes to the entire IZOD IndyCar Series field, which took five tribute laps around Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday moments after learning that fellow competitor Dan Wheldon had been killed in a violent accident early in the race.