51's Weekend Update
Who Has Been Winning This Weekend
Compiled From various Series and Track PR Reports
Updated - Sunday, 2:15pm ET

ACT Late Model Series -  John Donahue dominated the White Mountain 150 American-Canadian stock car race at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, NH. Donahue earned the pole starting position after receiving a plus 7 in the ACT Tour’s plus-minus handicap system. No one could keep up with the blistering pace he set as he led every lap of the event and lapped all but the top ten.

Brent Dragon earned the runner-up position followed by Nick Sweet, Eric Williams, and Ben Rowe rounding out the top five. Scott Payea came home sixth, Cris Michaud seventh, Tyler Cahoon eighth, Brad Leighton ninth and Pete Potvin was the last car on the lead lap and finished tenth.

ASA Late Model North - Steve Carlson conquered the field in the River Run 100 at the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway, taking the lead on lap 19 from polesitter Trent Snyder and lapping into the Top 6 en route to his second straight ASALMS North triumph at his hometrack. Ross Kenseth, Chris Eggleston, Trent Snyder and Eddie Hoffman rounded out the top five.

ASA Southeast - Paul Kelley got by Russell Fleeman on the final restart with 20 laps to go to win the the 100 lap event at Lanier National Speedway (GA).  Kelley won the pole and led the most laps.  Casey Roderick was third as Max Gresham and TJ Reaid rounded out the top five.  

Blizzard Super Late Model Series - Johanna Long dominated the USA Digital 100 at Five Flags Speedway (FL) on Friday night.  The win was her second in the Blizzard Series this season. Blizzard Series point leader Bubba Pollard and David Rogers rounded out the top three.


CRA Super Series - With the temperature holding steady at hot Johnny VanDoorn held his cool, made restarts look easy and ran off to his second CRA Super Series victory of the year in the Touchstone Energy Hoosier Hills 100 at Salem Speedway (IN).  Rick Turner took the early lead from the outside of the first row on the original start, but a massive crash behind him involving several of the favorites including fast qualifier Chuck Barnes, Jr. caused a complete restart with six cars unable to come back out.  Turner took off again, and led the first 18 laps with VanDoorn following hot on his tail from his second row starting position.  After second fast qualifier VanDoorn slipped under a very loose Turner on the backstretch he never looked back. Scott Hantz, who came to Salem tied with VanDoorn for the series points lead, finished second, Aaron Pierce was third, Jason Shively fourth and JR Roahrig fifth.

Mid-American Series - Gregg Haese won the Mid-American Stock Car Series’ running of the Vercauteren Memorial at Wisconsin International Raceway, for the second time in his career, Saturday night.

1) Haese  2) Josh Sand  3) Bill Prietzel  4) Jimbo Schleis  5) Travis Rodewald

Miller Lite Series - Augie Grill kept his winning ways gong at Mobile International Speedway (AL) as he took home his second straight Super Late Model win at the half-mile track.  Jeff Fultz and Bubba Pollard rounded out the top three.

NASCAR Camping World East Series - Two of the top rising young talents in NASCAR waged a short-track battle at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, with Matt DiBenedetto emerging from a last-lap scrap with Ryan Truex to win the Heluva Good! Summer 125 Friday evening.

It was the second win in four NASCAR Camping World Series East starts for the 17-year-old DiBenedetto, a development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing. He denied Truex, a 17-year-old development driver for Michael Waltrip Racing, a second straight victory. He also prevented Truex from joining his father, Martin Truex Sr., and brother, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr., as winners at the track that is a staple in the NASCAR Camping World Series East schedule.

DiBenedetto led twice for 39 laps. He lost the lead to Truex on the Lap 119 restart but was able to maintain second. Coming to the white flag, DiBenedetto turned up the pressure on Truex’s back bumper. The leaders made contact several times down the back stretch. After more contact in Turn 3, DiBenedetto got a run underneath. The two banged side by side coming out of Turn 4, with DiBenedetto pulling ahead down the front stretch to earn the win by .169 seconds.

Kevin Swindell finished third, followed by Ryan Gifford and Jody Lavender. Eddie MacDonald, who swept the New Hampshire races in 2007, also led 39 laps but pit strategy forced him to fight back through the field and he finished sixth.

Alan Tardiff, Jesus Hernandez, Patrick Long and Steve Park rounded out the top 10.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour - Donny Lia avoided a last lap wreck to win the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New England 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"Cautions breed cautions," said Lia, as another late-race crash set up a two lap sprint for the checkered flag.

Ted Christopher recovered from early engine trouble to lead the closing laps.  Christopher and Todd Szegedy made contact coming out of turn four and both ended up in the wall a few feet short of the finish line.

Lia, who was running close behind Szegedy and Christopher, dove to the bottom of the track to steal the win. Ronnie Silk bumped Eddie Flemke, Jr., as the two went low and barely cleared the wreckage, finishing third and second, respectively.

The win is Lia's 12th career Whelen Modified Tour victory and his second win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


PASS North Super Late Models - Adam Bates took over the race lead from Scott Chubbuck just past half way in Friday nights’ Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North 150 lap super late model feature to score his  third career series win,  his second at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. The Granite State racer had a car that could dominate and the talent to take advantage of it in a race that was short on cautions and featured a 115 lap stretch of green flag racing. Bates now  has two wins and two second place finishes in the last four PASS races at Beech Ridge dating back to July of 2008.

Johnny Clark did his best to wrestle the win away from Bates. The pair started one-two after the night’s final caution at lap 144 set up a six lap shoot-out to the checker. Clark held his ground on the outside and the lead pair crossed the stripe on lap 145 in a dead heat.  But Bates edged ahead on the bottom and slowly increased his margin of victory to .462 seconds over the three time series champ.

Clark settled for a solid second and Richie Dearborn came out on top of a three wide tussle with Kelly Moore and Scott Mulkern to finish third. Moore, who led from the pole through lap 82, had to settle for fourth. Donnie Whitten earned his first top five of 2009, and Scott Mulkern had a successful return to PASS racing with a sixth place run.

Pro Challenge - Meghan Dillner won her first career Pro Challenge race, after a string of second-place finishes, Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC).

USARacing Pro Cup Series - What an unbelievable finish to tonight’s Aarons 250 at Lanier National Speedway (GA)!  With less than ten laps to go, Clay Rogers looked like he was going to take the lead from Caleb Holman when contact was made between the two, leaving Holman in the wall and Rogers back to the tail end of the longest line. 

When the green flag came back out, it was a green-white checkered and it was every man for himself.  Bobby Gill took the high side after restarting fourth and Lucas Ransone went low to make it three-wide with the leader of AJ Frank stuck in the middle.  Ransone and Frank race side by side for the last lap and Ransone went low to take the win.  It was a very emotional moment in Victory Lane for the 19 year-old and his crew.

1) Ransone  2) 2. AJ Frank  3) Bobby Gill  4) Brett Butler  5) JP Morgan

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