Pro Shocks Shock of the Week
This Week's Big Surprise in Short Track Racing
As Decided by the Staff of Speed51.com
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 wasn't just a landslide of votes for the winner of this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks Shock of the Week award. It was more like standing under a dump truck being emptied when it came to going through the ballots for this week. All but one of our voters voted for the same person as having put forward the biggest shock of short track racing. We've never been that close to total agreement about anything and likely never will be again.
The big winner of this week's Speed51.com Pro Shock Shock of the Week award? None other than teenager Erick Rudolph.
We knew that Rudolph was good. The son of dirt and asphalt Modified driver Charlie Rudolph has won on the competitive RoC Asphalt Modified Tour. We knew someday he would probably win a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race as well. We just didn't expect that someday to be Sunday when Rudolph handily beat a field that included such names as Christopher, Stefanik, Lia, Szegedy, Flemke, Beers, Silk and Blewett to win at Spencer Speedway (NY).
The victory is Rudolph's first on the NASCAR Tour, but likely not his last and that impressed our panel so much that even those more familar with the fendered racecar beat voted for him...
"Maybe it's just shocking because someone living in Murphy NC is voting for someone named Erick Rudolph," wrote one of our voters.
There was only one other person mentioned this week as a candidate for the Pro Shocks award. That ballot came with the following explanation...
"This week's entry is not a driver. I vote Alan Labrosse. A former Super Bike champion turned promoter and owner of Autodrome St-Eustache, a major motor sport complex near Montreal, Quebec (Canada) with an oval, drag strip and road course. Mr Labrosse, at the helm since last year, took a big leap of faith and convinced NASCAR Canada to host two NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races in 2009. For the second race, he did what no one had accomplished in the province of Quebec before, he got 10,000 fans to show up for a stock car race. Yes the number is correct: 10,000 fans to come and watch Canada's top
NASCAR sanctioned series go round and round for 250 laps of the fast 0.4 mile oval. But wait, he also got mainstream TV, radio and news papers talking about short track racing. An unprecedented in Quebec, nevermind...in all of Canada. Oh, he did it by inviting Formula 1 and Indy 500 winner and NASCAR hopeful Jacques Villeneuve. And for that you shocked me...because I didn't believe it would happen. Kudos!
For his “Shock” of a performance, Rudolph 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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Erick Rudolph - NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week"
Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week"