PODIUM FINISH: Week Ending September 23

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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

Simple enough task this time around, considering the New England stock car racing scene was focused on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Sprint Cup's annual Sylvania 300 weekend. And considering that a four-race 'Short Track Saturday' was one of the highlights of the entire three days in Loudon, there were plenty of performances to choose from.

Without further ado, lets find out who made The Podium this week:

1. Doug Coby, Milford, Conn.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour point leader earned his first career New Hampshire Motor Speedway victory when he won the F.W. Webb 100 and extended his series lead to 21 points with only two races remaining.


Coby survived a wild green-white-checkered restart to check out away from the field and score the popular win for a driver that had never won a Tour race outside the state of Connecticut.

2. Ray Parent, Tiverton, R.I.

Parent shocked everybody at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by earning a dominant victory in the fourth annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational on Saturday. It was Parent's first career win in an ACT Late Model Tour event.

3. Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif.

Larson passed Corey LaJoie in the closing stages of the G-Oil 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday to post his second career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory, both in this his rookie season. It was a reverse of the outcome in the series' previous race, when Larson came up short in a battle with LaJoie at Iowa Speedway.

Honorable Mention

Connecticut's Shaun Buffington brought a brand new car and won the 25-lap Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour invitational event on the New Hampshire mini-oval Saturday evening... ACT Late Model Tour drivers Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, and Nick Sweet of Barre, Vt., made their NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debuts on Saturday and finished 19th and 22nd, respectively, in the G-Oil 100 at NHMS... Tom Abele Jr. of Norwich, Conn., won the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature at Waterford Speedbowl Saturday night... Stacy Cahoon of St. Johnsbury, Vt., finished third in the 50-lap Late Model feature Saturday night to win the White Mountain Motorsports Park track championship.

– TB