Mike Kugler won the CRA Super Series race at Angola Speedway (IN) and in doing so also won this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks Shock of the Week award.
The victory is Kuglerr's first in the CRA ranks and beating the star-studded CRA regulars was shocking.
Even more shocking was the fact that Kugler started deep in the field and nearly spun out before making his way to the front. This wasn't a start-up-front-and-make-the-car-wide kind of victory. It was well earned.
Kugar didn't have a vote in our balloting, but he admitted in victory lane that he was shocked as well.
"I didn't think we would win tonight, my goal was for a Top 10 finish, and to win is awesome." A very happy Kugler said. "We did not buy practice tires, so we suffered a little in hot laps, but I told the guys we were looking good, and it really worked out well."
Also recieving votes this week were:
Brandon Johnson - When the ASA Late Models hit their largest track of the year, it wasn't a household name in short trackin' like Drew Brannon, Josh Hamner or Brian Campbell who won the event. It wasn't NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Stephen Leicht either. Instead, it was Florida driver Brandon Johnson who made a name for himself by winning big and that was a bit of a shocker.
Devin Jones - He's not long out of Legends car, but Devin Jones is getting a hang of this Super Late Model thing. On Sunday, he notched a fine podium finish in the PASS South race at Hickory Motor Speedway - a bit of a shock considering how little experience that Jpnes has in Super Late Models so far.
And why should the drivers have all of the fun? A few situations also got votes for the shock of the week this time around, as you can see with our voter comments....
"Starting 14 rows of three at Rockingham for the Frank Kimmel Street Stock National race was a shock," wrote member of our panel.
"CRA South for going away. I thought this was a good thing," wrote another panelist.
"That no important race in the States was rained out over the long weekend. (Sorry, Thompson weekly fans.)," wrote a third voter.
But it's hard to give a shock to a sanctioning body or Mother Nature, no matter how surprising they were.
For his “Shock” of a performance, Kugler 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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