With Memorial Day comes a full and busy weekend of racing – and not just those famous 1,300 miles run at Monaco, Indianapolis and Charlotte.

Some impressive performances from the Modified ranks, as well as Late Model racers across the northeast. Good to see summer finally show its face around here, too.

And away we go:

1. Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

It was a busy couple of nights for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader. Pennink won the Valenti Modified Racing Series 100 at Twin State Speedway on Saturday, just about 24 hours after finishing a closing second on the NASCAR Tour at Stafford Motor Speedway.


Pennink has three straight runner-up finishes to open the Whelen Modified Tour season, and he's showing signs that he's taken huge strides forward this year. This was one of those weekends where it became obvious that his 2011 is going to be a lot different than his 2010.

2. Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn.

Silk led every lap of the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 on Friday night at Stafford, snapping a nearly two-year Victory Lane drought on the Whelen Modified Tour with his performance. It was Silk's first win since he won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September of 2009.

3. John Donahue, Graniteville, Vt.

The ACT Late Model Tour and Thunder Road weekly competitor picked up the victory in the Memorial Day Classic 100 at Thunder Road on Sunday, giving him the second Memorial Day Classic win of his Late Model career. Donahue took the lead on Lap 33 of the event and never looked back – beating out Dave Pembroke by nearly four full seconds on the quarter-mile.

Honorable Mention

Ricky Rolfe of Albany Township, Maine, returned to Victory Lane with a popular 40-lap Late Model win on Oxford Plains Speedway's opening night Friday. He then finished fourth the next night in the Memorial 100 at Riverside Speedway... Defending Whelen All-American Series national champion Keith Rocco of Wallingford, Conn., won the SK Modified feature Friday night at Stafford, giving him seven wins in 15 starts at three Connecticult tracks this year... Jeff Marshall of Jefferson, N.H., won the North Country Ford Memorial 100 at Riverside Speedway after leading the final 84 laps.

– TB