What Curt Spaulding did last week at Kalamazoo Speedway (MI) was simply shocking.
Just check out this entry for Speed51.com's Quick News this past week to see why...
"The event is the "Call of the Wild" at Kalamazoo Speedway in Michigan and there is only one rule; go as fast as you can to establish the world record for a 3/8th's mile track. Curt Spalding set that record with a lap of 10.217 seconds (132.553mph), which broke the old record by nearly a half-second. During the night, Spalding broke the record first by lowering the 10.715 to 10.243. Andy Bozell then ran a 10.240, but Spalding returned to the track and busted off a lap of 10.217!
"More than 2,000 people were on hand to share in the excitement. The only real rule was a minimum wheelbase of 96 inches for each car. Spalding used his MasterSbilt dirt late model chassis; removed the roof, bolted on some asphalt tires and installed several feet of polycarbonate for a "wing effect." Click here to watch the video."
That performance earned Curt Spaulding this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks Shock of the Week award. We're too busy trying to catch our breath after watching that video to explain any further!
Also receiving votes this week were:
Mike Stefanik (WMT) - We haven't heard much from Mike Stefanik this season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and that may have led to some people underestimating him. Well, those doubters (including one of our voters) were shocked back into reality this week as Stefanik won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Martinsville Speedway (VA).
Jason Bowles (CW West) - The well-funded Michael Waltrip Racing team of Ryan Truex beat Eddie MacDonald's less-funded operation for the championship in the NASCAR Camping World East Series. But out west, the outcome was different as Jason Bowles won the NASCAR Camping World West Series crown. That performance earned Bowles a vote from one of our voters.
"[My vote goes to Jason Bowles] for wrapping up the West championship with a usually-one-car team against the proven record and resources of the Bill McAnally Racing cars," wrote one member of our panel.
Ted Christopher (WMT) - As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season comes down to crunch time, what was once a comfortable lead in the point standings by Ted Christopher has been chopped down to a single point over Donny Lia. That is largely because of a mechanical failure in Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway (VA).
"[My vote goes to] TC for blowing up and losing ground in the Modified points," wrote a member of our panel.
Nathan Haseleu (ASA MW) - Along the same lines as Christopher's fate of the weekend, ASA Midwest Tour frontrunner Nathan Haseleu also "earned" a vote from our panel this week, as shown by this voter's explanation:
"Nathan Haseleu's streak of top-ten finishes ending at Elko [is a shock]. Going back to last season, he had a streak of 12 top-ten finishes going into this weekend. But transmission problems on lap 37 causing him to spin ended his night with a 26th place finish. His finish has tightened the points going into the final event on 10/11 at Oktoberfest in La Crosse. He has a ten-point lead over Steve Carlson and a 52-point lead over Chris Wimmer."
Patrick Laperle (ACT) - Three times in the past four years, Patrick Laperle has won the ACT Late Model Milk Bowl.
Shockingly enough, there is no chance that record will extend to four out of the last five years.
Laperle didn't even show up for the Milk Bowl before it was rained out last weekend. The week before, he was cruising towards the apparent championship in the ACT Quebec Series when he suffered a late race flat while leading. Then his cousin Jacques Laperle just happened to stop on the track and brought out a caution for a supposed flat tire. [After the race, officials said it was flat while the team maintained that it wasn't even examined] When Jacques started right back up as soon as the caution flew, ACT chief Tom Curley was so mad that he didn't allow any teams any time to pit. So Laperle went a a few laps down changing his tire under green. He still finished the race thinking that he had barely won the championship over Donald Theetge anyways. But the scoring was double-checked and both Laperles was penalized again.
The end result was two days after the race, the official results showed Theetge as the champion. Laperle was so mad that he instantly put his car up for sale and canceled his Milk Bowl plans.
Stafford Motor Speedway - Race tracks are in the entertainment business and nothing has been more entertaining in short track recently than watching veteran Ted Christopher and young gun Keith Rocco battle both on and off the track. They wrecked during a recent SK Modified race at Stafford, they wrecked after a recent SK Modified race at Stafford, they exchanged words and shoves the next morning at New Hampshire and according to TC, Rocco even resorted to trash talking about Christopher and his wife.
That kind of battle should put fans in the stands, but Stafford Motor Speedway suspended both drivers from the track's regular season finale on Friday night. It was a fair and just move, but couldn't have helped the bottom line. In a way, we applaud Stafford for their sense of right and wrong but in another way we wonder just how good the show could be with two of the top actors absent. Then again, it didn't matter to Christopher. He had such a large point lead that he won the track championship even without being there.
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