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PODIUM FINISH: Week Ending September 16

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Each week we take a look back at the top performers from the weekend that was across the region.

There's no shortage of “big” events as we head into the biggest racing weekend of the year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and some of the performances from the weekend will carry a number of teams into The Magic Mile with a strong dose of momentum.

Without further ado, let's see who made The Podium this week:

1. Brent Dragon, Milton, Vt.

In a race finish that was so close the transponders and video replays told differing stories, Dragon won the Vermont 100 on Sunday at Devil's Bowl Speedway over Chip Grenier by just inches at the checkered flag. Transponders originally had Grenier winning by .013 seconds before video confirmed that it was actually Dragon's car that had cross the finish line first. 

Dragon, who has more career ACT Late Model Tour starts than any driver in history with over 200 races on his resume, finished second in the four-race Vermont State Late Model Championship Series by just one point.

2. Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn.

Preece, who shot out of the starting gate in 2012, won the Riverhead 200 on Saturday at Riverhead Raceway in New York for his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory of the season. It was also Preece's second career Tour win at Riverhead, where he won a pair of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified races earlier this season.

3. Dave Pembroke, Middlesex, Vt.

Pembroke finished fourth in the Vermont 100 on Sunday to win the inaugural Vermont State Late Model Championship Series by one point over Dragon. In four races – two each at Devil's Bowl and Thunder Road International Speedbowl – Pembroke posted three Top-5 finishes and never finished outside the Top-10.

Honorable Mention

Evan Beaulieu of Durham, Maine, won the 50-lap Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour 50-lap national qualifier at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday... Keith Rocco and Todd Ceravolo teamed up to win the Budweiser SK Modified Nationals 150 at Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night. Rocco started the race on September 1, but after being suspended for an incident in the pits after racing on September 8, his father-in-law took over in the seat and drove to victory... Ben Rowe of Turner, Maine, won the $10,000 SouthernMaineMotors.com 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Sunday, the richest and longest race on the PASS North Series schedule. It was Rowe's first win of the season... Woody Pitkat of Stafford, Conn., won the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature at Thompson International Speedway on Sunday, one day after finishing second in the SK Modified 150 at Waterford Speedbowl... Larry Gelinas of Buxton, Maine, won the 50-lap Super Late Model feature event on Sunday at Thompson... The son-father tandem of Tyler Cahoon and Stacy Cahoon finished 1-2 in the 50-lap Late Model feature at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H., on Saturday night.

– TB