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..."
There were plenty of finalists for this week's Pro Shock Shock of the Week award, but in the end it was a girl close to our own hearts who stole our hearts in the voting process.
Meghan Dillner won this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks Shock of the Week award and there were many of reasons for this. The first one is that we remember her early days of bando racing and the progress that we have witnessed with her is shocking. We're also shocked that after a gaggle of second place finishes in Pro Challenge racing, she finally actually was able to end up finishing just one spot higher and taking a victory. The other shocking development was that she was able to win at her own hometrack of Hickory Motor Speedway (NC).'
A final shock was Dillner's dominance. She won the pole, lead every lap and won her first Pro Challenge race.
We thought of disqualifying Meghan because of her role with Speed51.com - she actually works right in our offices during the summer months when she isn't at the track. But since there were plenty of votes that came in from panelists who aren't even 51 staffers, we made the call that "Megs" cleared tech without any issues.
Also recieving votes this week were:
Lucas Ransone - Ransone won votes for his USARacing Pro Cup victory at Lanier because, as one of our voters put it, "someone other than Clayton [Rogers] won the Pro Cup race." After Rogers won three in a row, this was a big shock indeed.
Cris Michaud - After Joey Polewarczyk and Nick Sweet dominated the ACT Governor's Cup and seemed enroute to a 1-2 finish, Cris Michaud took advantage of a 5 lap dash to squeeze in between Pole and Sweet for second. It is also the first podium for a Ford Crate motor in the ACT's history.
Donny Lia - Most eyes were on Ted Christopher when it came to picking a favor to win the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday. A few unseasoned fans might have picked Cuppers Kasey Kahne or Ryan Newman for the win. But it was Donny Lia who sailed through and won his first Tour race of the season. Maybe calling it a "shock" is a bit of a stretch, but our voters didn't seem to think so.
Matt DiBendetto - To win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in your first start there is shocking. Matt DiBendetto did exactly that on Friday at the Magic Mile. 'Nuff said.
Steve Carlson - Carlson was "the smart ass shocker of the week" for winning the ASA Late Model race at LaCrosse. After all, he's only won everywhere else int he Midwest this season, so it was shocking that he'd do it again....right?
Steve Dorer - This isn't the good type of shock. Dorer crashed his Late Model at DeSoto Speedway (FL) and suffered major back injuries; fortunately no paralysis. And the miniseries for LMs at DeSoto is sponsored by Dorer's company, RaceCar Engineering. Later in the week, it was confirmed that Dorer broke a disc in his lower back, and he'll be at home for 4-6 weeks but he should be fine with some rest.
For her “Shock” of a performance, Dillner 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.