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..."
The nice thing about a touring series that uses the same type of racecar as various weekly short tracks is that there is always a possibility of a real "shocker" when the local boys take on the touring stars. That is something that is possible in UARA-Stars, PASS Super Late Models, ACT Late Models and various other tours throughout the land. But it's not something that happens very often.
So when it does, people stand up and take notice. Our panel did and that is why they voted Saturday's ACT Quebec Series winner from Capital City Speedway (Ont.), Sean Kennedy, as this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks Shock of the Week.
Kennedy is a regular in the Late Model ranks at Capital City and now he has added a touring late model win to his resume, as well as an invitation to September's ACT Late Model special event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
To win at Capital City, Kennedy had to outgun none other than ACT Quebec Series and ACT Late Model Series champion Patrick Laperle in the late stages of the race.
Kennedy's performance shocked not only the fans and our panel, but Laperle, the 2007 ACT Castrol Champion and 2008 ACT Tour Champion was the first to admit being shocked as well.
"I was slicing thru the field like a hot knife on butter. I was already celebrating the win," said Laperle. "When we took off at the green, Sean's ride was on rails and hooked up. Meanwhile, I was negotiating the turn dirt style trying to keep up. I was shocked! I was so much stronger than the others. We never expected him to be this strong."
Also recieving votes this week were:
Phil Massuch - Massuch spun and won in the 110-lap Stan Perry Memorial Outlaw Super Late Model race race Friday night at Angola Motor Speedway in Indiana. Massuch beat a strong field of entries and that earned the notice of our panel. He earned votes j\"Just because it wasn't Scott Hantz or Jack Landis," wrote one of our panelists.
Jon McKennedy - McKennedy went two in a row in the True Value Modifieds with his victory at Seekonk Speedway (MA). The under-rated Massachusetts racer didn't shock anyone by winning a race in TVMRS competition, but backing that up with a second victory eight days later appeared to have mildly shocked a few panelists who haven't seen him race firsthand before.
Brian Campbell - Everyone pretty much wrote Kyle Busch's name on the winner's check for the Rowdy Busch 125 at Berlin Raceway last week. But they forgot to take into account that Brian Campbell knows the track better than he knows his own driveway. Campbell shocked a few by beating up on a stacked field that included Busch. A few days later, he went to O'Reilly Raceway Park and beat a field that included Drew Brannon to win the ASA Late Model Challenge Series race there - his seconrd shocking performance of the week.
For his “Shock” of a performance, Kennedy 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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