Kyle Busch Motorsports driver TJ Reaid led all 200 laps of the Super Late Model portion of the All-American 400 this past weekend at Nashville's Fairgrounds Speedway (TN). That was quite a tall task when you consider that the entry list included such strong competitors like Chase Elliott, Ross Kenseth, Johnny VanDoorn, Jeff Fultz, Chuck Barnes, Ryan Blaney, Bubba Pollard, Augie Grill, Josh Hamner, Mike Garvey, Sterling Marlin and Brian Campbell.
But Reaid still put a hurting on the field and scored what he'll probably consider to be the biggest victory of his career so far.
That performance earned TJ Reaid this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Here were a few voter comments about Reaid's performance:
"TJ Reaid, not that he won, that he led all 200 laps against the best field since last year's Derby."
"There was a tough field at Nashville, but Reaid made winning look easy. That's a shocking task for anyone to do in that event."
Also receiving votes this week were:
Eddie Hoffman (SLM) - Eddie Hoffman might have been down early in the Short Track Nationals at Rockford Speedway (IL), but he wasn't out. That led to this vote from our panel:
[My shock vote goes to] Eddie Hoffman coming back from a lap down to finish second at the 45th Annual National Short Track Championships at Rockford Speedway."
Tyler Miles (PLM) - Tyler Miles put his name on the map by scoring a fine podium finish of third in last weekend's Pro Late Model feature of the All-American 400. Before the race, not many in the short track world knew much about Miles, a former regular of the now defunct ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour. After the race, plenty of those observers were Googling him to find out more about his racing background.
Colt James (SLM) - It was somewhat surprising that 2010 Concord Speedway (NC) Pro Late Model champion Colt James towed up to Pennsylvania to compete in the Piney Lasky Memorial Fall Festival III at Motordrome Speedway last weekend. It was somewhat shocking when he took an instant liking to the track and set fast time in qualifying. It was even more shocking when he won the race. That performance earned him an honorable mention in this week's race for the Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Ty Dillon (ARCA) - Ty Dillon's ARCA Racing Series career is still young, so even with Richard Childress Racing equipment, we didn't expect to see him winning races quite yet. But win is exactly what Dillon did last week in the ARCA event at Kansas Speedway - earning him an honorable mention in the Shock of the Week chase.
Dakota Stroup (PLM) - During the Pro Late Model portion of the All-American 400 weekend at Nashville's Fairgrounds Speedway (TN), we saw something shocking in qualifying as Dakota Stroup romped his way to the pole by nearly half a second in a former Augie Grill machine.
Here is what one of our voters had to say:
"Dakota Stroup's track record at Nashville for the Pro Late Models...beats the old record by almost a 1/2 a second...and his nearest competitor in qualifying by four tenths...nice run, nice motor, nice car...well nice something...that was just UNBELIEVEABLY Fast!"
The All-American 400 - It's shocking, but time may have run out for the historic All-American 400 at Nashville's Fairgrounds Speedway. The track's future is bleak after town fathers plan to shut down the facility and redevelop the land around the fairgrounds. Former NASCAR Cup Series star Sterling Marlin has filed a lawsuit against the city in hopes of keeping the track open, but last last weekend's AA 400 could very well have been the final one in Nashville. That is pretty shocking to short track loyalists.
"My shock of the week is that we may have seen the very last All American 400," wrote one of our voters. "Go get 'em Sterling."
For his “Shock” of a performance, TJ Reaid 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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