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..."
It's not really a shock that Brett Moffitt has taken the Andy Santerre Motorsports team to victory lane in the NASCAR Camping World East Series (one panelist who voted by someone else even wrote, "Brett Moffitt winning is not a shock"), but it is very shocking that Mofitt has done it so quickly.
Moffitt won Saturday night's event at South Boston Speedway and for that accomplishment, Moffitt has overwhelmingly been voted as the Speed51.com Pro Shocks Shock of the Week.
In the process of winning, Moffitt set a new series record for being the youngest winner. 16-year-old Moffitt took this record from Joey Logano. Considering Logano's stature in the sport these days, that is another shocking fact.
Also receiving votes this week were -
Justin Larson - It's not that Justin Larson isn't capable of winning in the ASA Late Model South Series, like he did at New Senoia Speedway (GA) on Saturday night, but it is a shock that he won "just because it isn't Drew Brannon" (in the words of one of our voters). Brannon has had a stranglehold on ASA Late Models this season, but Larson broke it, at least for a race, this time around.
Kory Rabenold - Kory Rabenold returned to his home track of Mahoning Valley Speedway after a tour of duty in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and bested a talented group of driver in the Modified feature there this past weekend.
Preston Peltier - After making so many enemies in the last scheduled PASS South race at Wake County, we weren't sure if Preston Peltier would make it to the checkered flag unharmed at Coastal Plains Speedway. After all, payback is a part of racing. A pre-race pit skirmish made Peltier's chances of survival in the race seem even more doubtful. Yet not only did he stay out of trouble, Peltier also won the race - although it might not have been the most popular victory in the pit area.
Ryan Truex - There has been plenty of Truex family history in what is now the NASCAR Camping World East Series. Ryan Truex has seen both his father Martin and his brother Martin, Jr. win there. Now he is coming close to winning there as well. Despite a limited amount of experience in the series, Truex was battling with Brett Moffitt for the victory there at South Boston on Saturday night.
Trampas Demers - The Vermont driver is a regular at Thunder Road. Last year was his first attempt at Tour racing and he was in for a shock. Car setups and driver adaptation were difficult. This year, in order to get more seat time he decided to participate in a few ACT Castrol races North of the border. In his first race at St-Eustache he did ok. But this weekend at Autodrome Montmagny... WOW. He managed to stay in the top 10 all day (29 starters) and even battled for second for a good length of the 100 lap race. He also put on a new game face trading paint with the Quebec regulars... including 2008 ACT Champion and 2007 ACT Castrol Champion Patrick Laperle. The two drivers fought for the same real estate and it resulted in Demers going sideways in front of Laperle's automobile who in turn was pinned against the outside backstretch wall. Demers who will often perform well in short 10 - 15 laps heat races will fade in the features. This time he was all WOW and finished an impressive 2nd behind JF Déry and ahead of 2006 ACT Castrol Champion Donald Theetge.
The Camping World East Series "Youth Movement" - Moffitt, Ryan Gifford, Ryan Truex and even Max Gresham finished in the top-five. This means it's even more a kids' series than it was over the last couple years.
For his “Shock” of a performance, Moffitt 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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