Let's be perfectly honest, there wasn't really much shocking about who won in short track racing last week.
Bubba Pollard, Augie Grill, Corey Williams, Brian Hoar, Patrick Laperle, Andrew Ranger, Jon McKennedy and Lonnie Sommerville all won touring series (or very significant one-track series) races this past weekend.
But they've all been to victory lane before....and in Pollard's case, we have even lost count of how many times this season that has happened.
Even in weekly track competition, we had some predictable results. Travis Adams won in Late Models at Oxford, Ted Christopher won in Sunoco Modifieds at Thompson, Bobby Measmer, Jr. won in Pro Late Models at Concord, Mike Rowe won in Super Late Models at Beech Ridge, Keith Rocco won in SK Modifieds at Waterford, Josh St. Clair won in Late Models at Unity, Andy Mercer won in Late Model Stock Cars at Hickory and so on.
So we had to think outside the box of winners to decide this week's Pro Shock of the Week winner. Once we did that, it was really no contest.
Our winner this weekend shocked us by not racing. Point leader Paul Kelley skipped Saturday night's ASA Southeast Series race at Anderson Motor Speedway. At this point in the year, most guys are thinking about doing whatever they can to pad their point leads, but Kelly wasn't even in the pits with his Pro Late Model on Saturday night.
So our voters gave Paul Kelley the nod as this week's Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award winner.
Also receiving votes this week were:
Ryan Preece (WMT) - Last week, Ryan Preece won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Riverhead Raceway (NY). This week he won again. This victory came by beating Teddy Christopher at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT). This effort was shocking enough to some of our voters to give their nods to Preece this week.
"[I voted for] Ryan Preece doubling up on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour... looks like Teddy's got some competition!" wrote one of one panelists.
"One win is not shocking, two in a row is shocking considering the class of veterans on the tour," wrote another one of our voters.
Jason Myers (Mods) - Jason Myers won the Saturday night Modified show at Bowman-Gray Stadium, ending a long dry spell at the track. That earned him a vote as our Pro Shock of the Week.
"It's not shocking that he won at Bowman-Gray, but it's shocking that he actually went three years without winning," wrote one member of our panel.
Brandon Ward (Pro Cup) - Brandon Ward scored his first Pro Cup victory of the season on Saturday night at South Boston Speedway (VA). That earned him a vote from our panel.
For his “Shock” of a performance, Kelley 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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