PODIUM FINISH: Week Ending October 23

Monday, October 24, 2011
Photo: Vermont Motorsports Magazine

Each Monday we take a look back at the week that was from around the region.

Racing season in New England has slowed to a crawl - and is virtually finished following last weekend's Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway – but some drivers and crews found a way to go out with a bang.

Without further ado, here's a look at who made the podium:

1. Wayne Helliwell, Dover, N.H.

Helliwell had a great weekend at his home track of Lee USA Speedway, collecting a pair of victories as part of the season-ending Oktoberfest at the speedway. Helliwell won the curfew-shortened Six Pack Pro Stock Challenge Series event Saturday night, and he followed that by winning the Late Model event on Sunday afternoon.


Helliwell, the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state champion, also finished third in Sunday's Small Block Supermodified feature.

2. Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

The Modified driver won the season-ending Valenti Modified Racing Series 100 as part of Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday. The win was the second of the season for Pennink, who is also a regular on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

3. Shane Wilson, South Royalton, Vt.

The New England native put driver Clint Bowyer in position to win Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, and Bowyer delivered Wilson and Richard Childress Racing a victory in the Good Sam 500. The victory was the first of the season for the crew chief Wilson and his driver Bowyer, and it was their second straight win in this event.

-- TB