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

We had first-time winners, multi-time winners winning again and some fantastic efforts in the northeast all weekend long. If the first few weeks of the season have been any indication, we're in for a heck of a summer.

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

1. Wayne Helliwell Jr., Dover, N.H.

After two straight weeks of finishing as the bridesmaid, Helliwell finally did what we all figured he would before too long: He won an ACT Late Model Tour race. Helliwell took over the ACT points lead after winning his first career race in the Spring Green 112 at Devil's Bowl Speedway on Sunday afternoon.


It was Helliwell's third-straight Top-2 finish to begin 2012, and it came one year after a trip off the track at Devil's Bowl planted him in a muddy swamp.

2. Joey Doiron, Berwick, Maine

The former ACT Rookie of the Year won his first career PASS North Series Super Late Model event, dominating the second half of the season-opening SouthernMaineMotors.com 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Doiron's win came by a margin of victory of 6.9 seconds.

3. Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn.

Even a damaged race car can't stop Rocco, the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion, who piloted his SK Modified to his fourth win of the season at Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut on Saturday night.

Honorable Mention

Connecticut driver Shaun Buffington won the 25-lap NELCAR Legends feature at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday... Aaron Fellows of Croydon, N.H., won his second straight Late Model feature event at Twin State Speedway... Walt Hammond of Canaan, N.H., won one-half of the twin Pro Stock features on Canaan Speedway's opening day and took the overall win... Carey Martin of Denmark, Maine, won the 75-lap PASS Sportsman feature at Beech Ridge Saturday... Vince Quenneville Jr. of Brandon, Vt., won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series DIRT Modified feature on opening day at Devil's Bowl Speedway on Sunday.

– TB