Every week, our esteemed panel at Speed51.com will determine the most improbable, fascinating or "shocking" moment from the week and award the Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week." The winner each week will receive a product gift certificate from Pro Shocks, the leader in short track shock technology and performance. At the end of the season, the most "shocking" moment will be awarded the "Shock of the Year" and the winning driver will receive a special gift from Pro Shocks.
For this week's "Shock of the Week..."
It was a mild shock that Lonnie Sommerville would tow out of the Canadian Maritimes to compete in the World Crown 300 all the way down south at Georgia's Gresham Motorsports Park.
It was an even bigger shock when Sommerville, in his first start at the track, finished on the podium in the third position.
Sommerville adapted quickly to the track and stayed out of trouble to survive to the end of the event and was able to finish behind homestate driver Justin Wakefield and Super Late Model standout Jeff Fultz to finish third.
That performance earned Lonnie Sommerville this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Also receiving votes this week were:
Justin Wakefield (World Crown) - Justin Wakefield did not even plan to enter the World Crown 300 until a week or two before the race. Yet, he still went on to win the event and score an honorable mention in the race for the Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award. Here is what one of one voters had to say about his performance:
"Justin Wakefield's gusty run on Sunday to win the World Crown gets my vote for Shock of the Week. With all of the big name - and big dollar - teams entered, it was easy to look past Wakefield. But he beat out a slew of tough competitors, including some pretty notable offspring, to pick up the win. Just imagine what he could do if he raced more...."
Chase Elliott (World Crown) - Chase Elliott also earned a vote for Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week", we aren't quite sure if there was a little bit of sarcasm in the vote though. Here is what one of our panelists had to say:
"Chase Elliott looked to have the 2010 World Crown 300 on lock in the closing laps when a missed shift on a late race restart caused "Boy Wonder" to fall back and allowed Justin Wakefield to take the lead and eventually the win."
Cale Gale (World Crown) - Not all of the shocking moments in the World Crown 300 took place during the race. Cale Gale won the pole for the event and earned this vote:
"Cale Gale for ripping off a new track record in the 15 second bracket at GMP. Wow!"
The Super Late Model Field at the World Crown 300 - A somewhat low car count also received a vote for the Shock of the Week award.
"That there were not more Super Lates at Gresham to race for $20,000 to win," is what one of our panelists had to say.
For his “Shock” of a performance, Lonnie Sommerville 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.
Pro Shocks is proud to have the largest and most knowledgeable technical staff in the racing shock industry. For more information about Pro Shocks, log onto www.proshocks.com or call 770-995-6300.