This time around, it's our special Snowball Derby edition of the Speed51.com Pro Shocks Shock of the Week award. It's the final time in 2009 for the award to be handed out and it centers around one of the biggest racing weekend of them all - Snowball Derby week at Pensacola, Florida's Five Flags Speedway.
16.677 seconds. That was the shocking speed that a Pro Late Model turned in qualifying for the Snowflake 100. TJ Reaid was the pilot who not only set the bar high in time trials, but also dogged race favorite Augie Grill in the battle for the Snowflake 100 victory. While Grill eventually won and Reaid dropped back to third at the finish, the whole day was a shockingly strong performance for Reaid.
That performance earned TJ Reaid this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks Shock of the Week award.
Also receiving votes this week were:
Johanna Long (SLM) - Even with top guns like Kyle Busch, Augie Grill, Brian Campbell, Bobby Gill, David Stremme, Steven Wallace, Ryan Lawler and Brian Ickler in the house, Johanna Long scored one for her hometown fans by taking down the pole position for the Snowball Derby. She also set a new record for the modern-day Super Late Models in the process
Bobby Gill (SLM) - Bobby Gill started shotgun on the field for the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby and went a lap down early. But he came alive late in the race to finish a solid fourth.
Chris Davidson (SLM) - Chris Davidson provided plenty of excitement while he marched through the field of the Last Chance race for the Snowball Derby nears its finish. Davidson didn't know it at the time that he was a lap down and out of contention. But one of our voters did, and wrote this along with their vote cast for Davidson:
"Chris Davidson - while [he was] a lap down, affecting the transfer spot on the last lap of the last chance race."
Snowball Derby DNQs (SLM) - There were some big names that didn't make it into the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby. Among the non-qualifiers were Jeff Fultz, Johnny Van Doorn, Ryan Crane and James Buescher. That shocked one of our voters in casting a ballot this time around for the Derby DNQs.
Mike Stefanik (Open Wheels) - Well, not everything in this week's Pro Shock of the Week competition had to do with the Snowball Derby. When a gaggle of Midget racers headed indoors for the Coffee Cup in Providence, Rhode Island, they were upset by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's Mike Stefanik - who won the big Saturday night feature in the Dunkin' Donuts Arena.
Nothing - Anything can happen at the Snowball Derby and one of our voters wasn't really shocked by anything that happened there this year. His ballot this time was simply returned with one word on it - "nothing."
For his “Shock” of a performance, Reaid 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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