Pro Shocks Shock of the Week
This Week's Big Surprise in Short Track Racing
As Decided by the Staff of Speed51.com

Every week, our esteemed panel at Speed51.com will determine the most improbable, fascinating or "shocking" moment from the week and award the Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week."  The winner each week will receive a product gift certificate from Pro Shocks, the leader in short track shock technology and performance.  At the end of the season, the most "shocking" moment will be awarded the "Shock of the Year" and the winning driver will receive a special gift from Pro Shocks.

For this week's "Shock of the Week..."
Ken Barry won the NASCAR Modified Tour Rookie of the Year title back in 2004.  He almost won a Tour race too at Wall Stadium (NJ) before getting roughed up by Reggie Ruggiero on the last lap.  But lately his stock hasn't been on the rise.  Lack of funding has caused Barry to sit out from the NASCAR Tour and occasional starts in the True Value Modified Racing Series have been all the seat time that he has gotten.  The personable driver has kept busy at the shop building Spafco racecars, but on the track he's been mostly out of sight and out of mind.

He wasn't out of sight this past weekend though.

Barry won the TVMRS season finale as part of the Oktoberfest weekend at Lee USA Speedway (NH).  He held off a charging former series champion, Dwight Jarvis, by just a few feet to accomplish the fete.

That performance earned Ken Barry this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks Shock of the Week award.

A last moment vote broke a tie with a racer from much further South (see below) and gave Barry this week's victory.

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Also receiving votes this week were:

Johanna Long (SLM) - The first lady of Super Late Model racing fell just one vote short of topping this week's Pro Shock award balloting. 

Long not only beat the seemingly unbeatable Bubba Pollard in the Miller Lite Super Late Model season finale at Mobile International Speedway (AL), but she also put the final touches on the Gulf Coast Super Late Model season championship to go along with her Blizzard Series Super Late Model title.  To win both of those titles she shocked some observers (but not her own large group of fans) but beating guys like Pollard, Augie Grill, Casey Smith and others for the honors. It's been a good year to be Johanna indeed - and the Snowball Derby still hasn't come around yet.

Chris Perley (ISMA Supermodifieds) - It wasn't a shock that Chris Perley won his sixth ISMA Supermodified championship and before the race, we would have quite honestly been shocked if anyone other than Perley won the 50-lap Supermod feature at Thompson International Speedway's (CT) World Series.  But we were shocked to see Perley go from fifth with seven laps to go into the lead with a wild last lap pass in the event.  His drive through the pack and into the lead was the stuff that legends are made from - and in Supermodified racing, Perley is definitely a legend.

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For his “Shock” of a performance, Barry will receive a product gift certificate from Pro Shocks, the short-track leader in racing shock technology and performance.  Based in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Pro Shocks has helped drivers on both dirt and asphalt perform better for more than 25 years.

Pro Shocks is proud to have the largest and most knowledgeable technical staff in the racing shock industry. For more information about Pro Shocks, log onto www.proshocks.com or call 770-995-6300.





Ken Barry
True Value Modified Racing Series
Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week"
Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week"
Jim Dupont Photo