Oh, no...he didn't.
Oh yes, he did.
People were shocked at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) on Sunday night when the top five finishers in the Super Late Model race were disqualified for soft tires after their features, awarding the victory to the man who crossed the finish line in the sixth position - Lonnie Sommerville.
Tire soaking and soft tires have always been a regular occurrence during Smyrna Speedweeks, but Brooks was brought in to try and police that and keep the playing field a little bit more level. He did exactly that on Sunday night, sending a message that rules are to obeyed or trophies will be returned.
That performance earned Ricky Brooks this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks Shock of the Week award.
As a sidenote, the tire soaking incident wasn't the only tough call that Brooks made this week. On Wednesday night, he disqualified apparent winner Jeff Choquette, along with two other drivers, from the Super Late Model races. DQs have also taken place in several other divisions under Brooks' watch (the Tour-type and SK Modifieds are not teched by Brooks' crew)
Also receiving votes this week were:
John Wes Townley (ARCA) - To be honest, we're not sure if our judges were more surprised that John Wes Townley, a driver known for wrecking early and often, made it to the finish unharmed in the ARCA race at Daytona or whether he managed to do so in the third finishing position. But there was shock at both accomplishments, as shown by the multiple votes cast for JWT this week.
Still, this might not exactly mean a turning of the corner for Townley.
"Sorry JWT, but there are other tracks besides Daytona on the schedules (he was fourth in this race last year)," wrote one of our voters.
Bobby Gerhart (ARCA) - From all of the pre-race buzz, we weren't even sure that anyone not named Danica had entered the ARCA season opener at Daytona International Speedway (FL). So we were shocked that the now six-time Daytona winner Bobby Gerhart defeated the rookie Danica Patrick in the event. Somehow, she still got more headlines for finishing sixth. Oh well, we expected Gerhart to claim his seventh, eighth and ninth Daytona victories before Patrick scores her first one.
John Jensen (Mods) - Everyone thought that they knew the serious contenders in the Tour-type Modifieds in the 44th Annual World Series of Asphalt Short Track Racing at New Smyrna before the cars even hit the track. Ted Christopher, Chuck Hossfeld, Matt Hirschman, Ron Silk, Rowan Pennink, Bobby Grigas, III and
the Goodale Brothers were all planning to run the whole week and those were the guys to watch out for.
But on opening night, a surprise nearly stole the show. John Jensen got his #14 Modified flying and gave Ted Christopher a run for his money in a battle for the victory. Jensen has backed that run up with other strong drives this week as well and shocked many with his Speedweeks strength.
Brandon Watson/Patrick Laperle/Stephen Nasse (Crate LMs) - The race that these three drivers put on during the 44th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) impressed many observers, including one of our voters, who wrote this:
"My vote this week is a three-way-driver award. In the Crate/ASA Late Model race held on 2010-02-06 Brandon Watson, Patrick Laperle and Stephan Nasse ran 3-wide for a lap and a half without ever making contact. Kudos to them."
The Tour-Type Modifieds at New Smyrna - Smyrna Speedweeks is known for claiming equipment, but on opening night for the Tour-type Modifieds at New Smyrna's World Series of Asphalt Short Track Racing, the Tour-type Modifeds ran green-to-checkers - which shocked at least one of our panelists.
For his “Shock” of a performance, Brooks 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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