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..."
Going into the King's Ransom 300 at Memphis Motorsports Park (TN), everyone expected Steve Carlson to win for the second straight season.
If he didn't, there were plenty of other big stars of the ASA Late Model ranks to serve as "favorites" like Brian Campbell, Josh Hamner and Drew Brannon.
But it wasn't any of those guys who visited victory lane at the end of the day. Instead, it was young Dillon Oliver who made a name for himself and pulled off the win in the biggest event of the season for the ASA Late Models.
That performance earned Dillon Oliver this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks Shock of the Week award.
Dillon easily scored the most votes from our panel of experts this week.
Also receiving votes this week were:
Jeff Fultz (CRA) - By racing one week after his son Johnny was killed in a traffic accident, and on the day before the services, Jeff Fultz won our hearts and our votes. His victory in the Super Late Model portion of the North South Shootout made him the overwhelming choice for the Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award earlier this week. He also gathered a fair number of votes in the Pro Shocks Shock of the Week award balloting as well.
"It wasn't a shock about Jeff winning, but that he raced at all," said one of our voters. "What an awesome thing to be able to overcome the grief and go out and win......give it to Jeff Fultz!"
Johnny VanDoorn (CRA) - Concord Speedway is a unique track and Saturday night's North South Shootout was Johnny VanDoorn's first ever trip there.
And he finished a strong second. Which led to this voter's comment.
"VanDoorn...second place, fastest at end of race and he had never seen Concord before...Maybe his performance at new tracks wont be a shock any more!"
Rowan Pennink (Mods) - Rowan Pennink has quickly become one of the most accomplished drivers in Modified racing this season. He finished in the top five of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour point standings and the True Value Modified Racing Series standings. Last Saturday, he finished second in Tour-Type Modified and the sixth in the SK Modified race during North South Shootout weekend at Concord Speedway (NC). Those are just is latest great finishes. For that, he earned a vote in the Pro Shocks Shock of the Week balloting.
"Maybe one good run against an All-Star field isn't shocking, but two might be," wrote one of our panelists.
For his “Shock” of a performance, Oliver 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.
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