Of course, the holiday weekend presents plenty of opportunity for racers to shine, and many did just that. From touring series veterans to weekly short-track stalwarts, lots of drivers will celebrate just a little bit harder this Memorial Day.
Without further ado, here's who made The Podium this week:
1. Doug Coby, Milford, Conn.
Coby stormed through the field after pitting for a flat tire early in the race, taking the lead with eight laps remaining to win the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 on Friday night atStafford Motor Speedway. It was Coby's second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of the season at Stafford.
Coby's victory was all the more impressive in that it came in a completely different car than he won the Spring Sizzler 200 in a few weeks earlier. The team brought its New Hampshire Motor Speedway car to Stafford just hoping to work out the bugs.
2. Nick Sweet, Barre, Vt.
Sweet won the first round of the Vermont Late Model Championship series on Sunday afternoon, notching his first career Memorial Day Classic 100 victory at Thunder Road International Speedbowl. The 2010 track champion, Sweet won the Labor Day Classic 200 last September at the track and has won a pair of Merchants Bank 150s as well.
3. Mike O'Sullivan, Springfield, Mass.
The veteran Thompson International Speedway racer won the Granite State Pro Stock Series' season opener on Saturday, leading the final 31 laps en route to the checkered flag in the David's House 106 at Monadnock Speedway. It was his first series win.
Cassius Clark of Farmington, Maine, won the PASS 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday night to give Hight Motorsports its first-ever PASS North Series victory... Bobby Santos III of Franklin, Mass., won the pole, led a race-high 117 laps and finished second in the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 in just his second Whelen Modified Tour start of the season with Tinio Racing at Stafford on Friday... T.J. Brackett of Buckfield, Maine, won the 40-lap Late Model feature at Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday night to best a field of 27 Late Models... Wayne Helliwell Jr. of Dover, N.H., won his second consecutive 50-lap Late Model feature at Canaan Fair Speedway on Saturday night... Brad Babb of Windham, Maine, won the season-opening NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 40-lap Pro Series feature at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday.