A few years ago, Frank Cozze shocked everyone by running 129 circuits around the Syracuse Mile on one tank of fuel to win the prestigious Syracuse 300 for DIRT big-block Modifieds. That kind of mileage wasn't to be expected. These racecars aren't exactly hybrids you know.
But Stewart Friesen raised the fuel economy bar even higher this past Sunday. The Canadian raised eyebrows by going 132 laps around the Syracuse track to win this year's big event - becoming the first Canadian to ever do that.
That performance earned Stewart Friesen this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Here were a few voter comments about Friesen's performance:
"Stewart Friesen [gets my vote] for going more than 130 laps on tank of fuel to win Syracuse."
"Stewart Friesen joked that he started conserving fuel during driver introductions. He must have done that because everyone expected him to run dry, but instead he won the Syracuse 300!"
Also receiving votes this week were:
ASA Racing and the Series Formerly Known as the ASA Late Model Series - We've said it before, not all of the shocks that take place in racing are positive ones. The situation around the use of the "ASA" name in racing that has been slowly unfolding in courtrooms over the past few years and that came to a head on the grounds of Oktoberfest at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway (WI) during last weekend's Oktoberfest is definitely one of those negative shocks.
The battle is between the ASA Racing organized owned by Dennis Huth and Ron Varney's group that up until last week was known as the ASA Late Model Series. It's a long and complicated story, but you can read Bob Dillner's full account of the story by clicking here if you aren't up to speed already. A few of our voters who were up to speed made these comments, which we remind you are not necessarily those of Speed51.com and its management and ownership:
"[My votes goes to the] Huth-Varney Feud...playing itself out at the race track, instead of behind the scenes."
"[My shock] Dennis Huth enforcing the court order against Ron Varney's organization at LaCrosse. That tactic could have been done in the off-season with the same effect instead of throwing his weight around during a race weekend."
"Just when you thought you had seen it all in the confusing saga of what was once a great name in racing, things got even more strange in front of a grandstand of fans. At least this story has now run its course and the fight over what Steve Dale messed up long ago is hopefully over. Let's go back racing boys!"
Glen Luce (ACT) - Two-thirds of the podium for the ACT Late Model season finale was no surprise. Joey Pole continued as the hottest driver in that type of racecar by easily winning the event while Brian Hoar capped off yet another championship season by finishing second. Meanwhile, Maine's Glen Luce placed third. Luce hasn't had the best of luck in the past few seasons although he did place second to Kevin Harvick at the Oxford 250 a few years back. His Waterford finish led to this vote:
"Give it to Glenn Luce - strong run at a strange track."
Wayne Anderson (SLM) - We sensed a little bit of sarcasm in one of our vote this week after Wayne Anderson won the first-ever FAST Super Late Model championship and the checkered flag in its season finale. Anderson is one of the men who founded the Florida SLM tour.
Here was the "vote" that Anderson captured:
"[My choice of a shock is] Wayne Anderson - wins the race at the title in his own series."
Nick Murgic (SLM) - To say that Nick Murgic had an up, down and then up weekend at LaCrosse's Oktoberfest is accurate. Murgic crossed the finish line first in the Dick Trickle 99 race, but then got disqualified. He then put that memory in the mirror by recording a podium finish in Sunday's ASA Midwest Tour season finale.
Here is a vote that Murgic received from one of our panelists:
"[My shock vote goes to] Nick Murgic...post race inspection may have cost him the Dick Trickle 99 win on Friday night at the 41st Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend, but that didn't stop his momentum as he recorded his second straight podium finish with a third place finish in the ASA Midwest Tour's Oktoberfest 100 on Sunday."
The Pro Series Feature of the Legends Nationals - "Pro" wasn't exactly a fitting term to be used during the Legends National Pro division feature at Langley Speedway (VA) this past weekend. That earned the event this vote from one member of our expert panel:
"Wreck fest was the only way to describe the 50 lap feature for the Legends Pro division National Championship race at Langley Speedway this past week. Multiple wrecks including two red flags for flipped race cars in turns 1 and 2 made it no surprise that only nine cars finished after 30 started."
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