In 2009, Stephen Legendre learned the ropes of PASS Super Late Model racing. In PASS North, he notched down three top ten finishes on his way to finishing 11th in the point standings. For 2010, Legendre hoped to step up his game by running both the entire PASS North and entire PASS South schedules.
He's off to a good start. On Saturday night at Dillon Motor Speedway (SC), Legendre made the most of his first trip to the track by finishing on the podium along with race winner Ryan Blaney and veteran Hal Goodson. His third-place result turned plenty of heads and shocked a few of our judges.
That performance earned Stephen Legendre this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks Shock of the Week award.
Here were a few comments from our judges this week:
"Steve Legendre's first PASS South start at Dillon Motor Speedway results in a third place finish. That also results in my vote for him."
"My vote is for that Steve Legendre dude...running well at Dillon being the only Northerner there."
Also receiving votes this week were:
Shane Huffman (UARA) - We can't say that it was a surprise for Shane Huffman to win anything. He's a hardcore racecar driver who can seemingly wheel anything, anywhere. But Huffman hasn't been wheeling much lately himself as he turns wrenches for the NASCAR Nationwide Series team of Rusty Wallace, Inc.
So it was a bit of a shock to see Huffman show up for the UARA-Stars opener at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC). Not as surprising was the fact that he went on to win the race.
"It wasn't a shock to me to see Shane Huffman win the Hickory UARA opener. Heck, I picked him. But I bet it was a shock to some to even see his name back in the headlines," wrote one of our voters.
Gresham Motorsports Park - When you look at the weather in the days leading up to the season-opening race at Gresham Motorsports Park (GA) this past weekend, you wouldn't have thought that a race event could be held as scheduled. But shockingly enough, it did and that led to one of one panelists casting a vote for the track and its workers.
"I was Shocked they they raced this weekend. From the forecast to the rain delays on race day, and the actual radar...the staff stayed committed and they got the race in...sending a message to racers and fans..."Come to Gresham Motorsports Park...we are going to do anything it takes to get our race in as scheduled!"
Ryan Blaney (PASS South) - Right before the green flag of the PASS South race at Dillon Motor Speedway, it didn't look like this was going to be the race where Ryan Blaney broke through to become a winner in PASS South. He started back on the fourth row of the grid, which usually isn't where winners can be found.
But Blaney drove through the pack with ease and ended up leading more than half of the event - leading to an honorable mention nod in this week's Pro Shocks Shock of the Week competition.
"Ryan Blaney winning the PASS race from 8th place earns my vote," wrote one member of our panel.
The Health of Super Late Models - Successful Super Late Model events at Gresham Motorsports Park (GA) under CRA sanctioning and Dillon Motor Speedway (SC) under PASS sanctioning led to our final vote in the Pro Shock Shock of the Week competition.
"SLM health - 30 something cars at both Gresham and Dillon. Dillon had more kids, Gresham had more talent top to bottom, but 60ish SLMs racing just a few hours' drive apart says a lot about the health of Southeastern SLM racing right now," wrote one member of our voting panel.
For his “Shock” of a performance, Legendre 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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