With all due respect to Mike Rowe (the TV guy and not the legendry Maine racer), picking this week's Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" was a dirty job.
That is because the top vote getters this time around were all noticed for their efforts on dirt. With ARCA hitting the Springfield mile of the Illinois State Fairgrounds and plenty of Lucas Oil Late Model and DIRT action taking place, we can't really say that we are surprised.
The biggest shock on dirt, or anywhere else, came in Joey Ladouceur's efforts for the weekend. On Saturday, won his first Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series event since 2005 when he captured the victory at Autodrome Drummond. On Sunday, he backed up that victory with another one at Cornwall Motor Speedway (Ont.)
Those performances earned Joey Ladouceur this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks Shock of the Week award.
“We didn’t really make much mind of not winning for such a long time, except what we saw in the releases," said Ladouceur after weekend victory number one. “We’ve been close quite a few times, I guess you always want to win the next one no matter where you finish. Now we won here so we’ll just move on to the next one and hope for the best."
Well, the "best" came then too and that captured the attention of our voters. Ladouceur won this week's award by a margin of one vote.
Also receiving votes this week were:
Parker Kligerman (ARCA) - OK. By now, we also know that Parker Kligerman can win ARCA RE/MAX Series races. But the Penske Racing development driver has been doing his deed on the short tracks and speedways of ARCA and he's a rookie, so we expected to see his struggle a bit in Sunday's series event on the dirt at Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Instead, Kligerman went on to win on the dirt. Showing that he is even better than what we were giving him credit for, Kligerman visited victory lane in his first trip to any one-mile dirt track - much less the particular one he was racing on. That earned him enough votes to be this week's runner-up in the race for the Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" competition.
Ron Cox (ARCA) - Tennessee driver Ron Cox lost part of his car's body in the early stages of the ARCA race on the dirt of the Illinois State Fairground, but he trucked on and ran with the big dogs to finish a strong second in the race.
Tim McCreadie (Dirt LM) - The best of the best in Dirt Late Model racing were at Volunteer Speedway (TN) last week for the Scorcher 100, but it wasn't Bloomquist or Pearson who came away as the winner. It was Timmy McCreadie who has put what could have been career-ending injuries from the Chili Bowl earlier this year behind him to win yet again.
Jason Atkinson (CRA Sportsman) - Earlier this month, Jason Atkinson scored his first career CRA Sportsman victory. That came at Anderson Speedway (IN). This past weekend, Atkinson proved that he liked winning and did it again. This latest victory came at Baer Field Speedway (IN). That earned him the notice of our panel of voters.
Atkinson was the only asphalt driver this week to earn a vote from the panel of voters.
For his “Shock” of a performance, Ladouceur 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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