There are several tracks on the PASS North Super Late Model schedule where weekly SLM competitors can come out and play with the tour regulars. But it's hard to go toe to toe with guys guy Johnny Clark, Ben Rowe, Adam Bates, Kelly Moore, Derek Ramstrom, Richie Dearborn, DJ Shaw, Cassius Clark and Travis Benajmin. All of those guys have won on the tour - and all of those guys are threats to win any time out.
Sometimes though, the weekly guys will put up a good fight at places like Beech Ridge or Thompson. Everyone expected that to be a possibility when PASS North visited Seekonk Speedway (MA) for the first time ever on Saturday night too. But a "good fight" is usually considered a top ten or maybe even a top five finish.
Nobody expected a Saturday night regular to win, so when young Tom Scully, Jr. did so the hard way - by holding off a charging Ben Rowe and Johnny Clark, we were all shocked.
That performance earned Tom Scully, Jr. this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks Shock of the Week award.
Also receiving votes this week were:
Timmy Solomito (Mods) - Riverhead Raceway is a house where experience matters. Just look at some of the top names in the Modified ranks at the tight little bullring - Brunnhoelzl and Park. It usually takes a few years to really learn the ropes and start winning.
On Saturday night, teenaged rookie Timmy Solomito won his second Modified feature of 2009 at Riverhead though. One win was a surprise, two is a true "shocker" and that gave this talented newbie a few votes in this week's balloting for the Speed51.com Pro Shock of the Week award.
Jason Holehouse (CW East) - The NASCAR Camping World East Series is a tough place to race if you don't go to every event on the schedule. The series is very competitive so keeping on top of your game by running every event is key. So when Jason Holehouse finished seventh earlier this year at Watkins Glen, it was impressive even considering his road racing skills. Holehouse shocked us though this week when he headed to Lime Rock Park and finished on the podium right behind the first two guys in the CW East point standings - Ryan Truex and Eddie MacDonald.
Casey Roderick (GAS) - After winning his first Georgia Asphalt Series race at Lanier earlier this month, it wasn't a surprise when Casey Roderick crossed the finish line first in GAS action again on Saturday night.
The shock came after the race, when Roderick was disqualified for unapproved parts, reportedly in the area of brake cooling. This was surprising on a few levels as Roderick's Bill Elliott Racing Development team is a top flight operation where "mistakes" like this don't usually happen. Secondly, since Bill Elliott is so highly regarded in Georgia racing, it wouldn't be surprising to see tech officials turn a blind eye to something a little off with one of his cars. But in this case, GAS officials made the right call and awarded Shane Sawyer the victory. Sawyer's car, along with that of Roderick's teammate Chase Elliott, but teched okay and were awarded the first and second place race finishes.
For his “Shock” of a performance, Scully 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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