The pre-race attention for the Josh Jenkins Memorial 125 that was part of the Frostbite Winternationals at Orange County Speedway (NC) focused on a few drivers.
On the entry list, there was defending race winner Matt Hirschman, Madhouse television stars Jason and Burt Myers along with archival Junior Miller. 2009 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl would also be there as well as James Civali...and the one and only Ted Christopher.
But when the dust settled on the race, Miller didn't even show up. Brunnhoelzl and Hirschman wrecked hard early in the event. Civali and Christopher battled, beat and bag, but didn't win.
And Brian King outfoxed them all to win the big show. He also won the Ace Modified feature earlier in the evening.
That performance earned Brian King this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Here were a few comments from our judges this week:
"Brian King shocked us when won big over TC, Hirschman, etc."
"Brian King gets my vote for beating the supposed "big guns" at OCS."
Also receiving votes this week were:
Wayne Anderson (FAST SLM) - Wayne Anderson co-founded the Florida All Stars Tour for Super Late Models. He won the first two events of the season, but he showed last weekend that he wasn't immune to race officials dropping the hammer on him after fireworks between himself and Kevin Ingram took place. Anderson was parked for the race and disqualified after the second incident of the night between the two drivers. That got our panel's notice.
Here is what a few of our judges wrote:
Wayne Anderson...getting parked in his own series...that decision says his officials are going to do their job no matter who the boss is!"
"Anderson at the FAST race is this week's winner, wouldn't you say?"
Justin South (SLM) - Going into the final stages of the Show-Me-The-Money opener at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL), Josh Hamner had the field covered. But the shocking last lap put Justin South into victory lane. South, who had been battling Chase Elliott for the runner-up spot, skated through when Hamner slid up the track on the final lap. We haven't seen South's name on many results sheets lately, but the former ARCA driver put that name right on top of the pile at Montgomery.
George Brunnhoelzl and Matt Hirschman (Mods) - The spectacular wreck between George Brunnhoelzl, III and Matt Hirschman shocked one of our voters and earned an honorable mention in this week's competition.
Ryan Rhodes (LMSC) - After breaking a clutch in practice, Ryan Rhodes shocked everyone by trucking on to victory lane in the second twin feature race at Caraway Speedway (NC).
For his “Shock” of a performance, King 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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