Pro Shocks Shock of the Week
This Week's Big Surprise in Short Track Racing
As Decided by the Staff of Speed51.com

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..."
These days, the ARCA Racing Series is supposed to be a big-league developmental series for stock car racing.  That means that it is almost as much of a professional world as the top three series of NASCAR.  You aren't supposed to win or run up front unless you have a boatload of money and/or the support of the top flight NASCAR operation.  The days of the little guy are gone - probably forever.

So to have someone come along, from Canada of all places, without a big bankroll and a dirt track resume and win an ARCA race isn't something that is common.  It fact, you could say it would be a bit of a shock.  But that is exactly what Steve Arpin did this past weekend in the ARCA event at Salem Speedway (IN0.  He beat the odds to just even be at this level in the first place and then made the most of his opportunities by winning.

That performance earned Steve Aprin this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.

Aprin scored an overwhelming victory this week with our judges.

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Also receiving votes this week were:

Bobby Santos, III (WMT) - Most everyone in the short track community expected Bobby Santos, III to win races in his new ride with the Mystic Missile team.  We're just not sure that we expected him to win so quickly.  Santos' debut in the famed Modified resulted in a victory at Sunday's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Icebreaker at Thompson International Speedway (CT) and led to this vote being cast:

"First time out for the reigning NWMT team and gets the win passing seven time Series champion Mike Stefanik, is pretty great in itself. But to set fast time, which just happened to be a new track record, redraw the pole and lead the most laps is just, well shocking considering the caliber of talent on the NWMT. I knew Santos is good and the car is good but....WOW!"

Max Gresham (ARCA) - Max Gresham, the latest winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East ranks, made quick study of the ARCA Racing Series in his debut there last weekend at Salem Speedway (IN).  Gresham won the pole and finished sixth in the race, which was strong enough for an honorable mention from our panel of voters.

Burt Myers (Mods) -  Our voting this week has a bit of a "Madhouse" feel to it as shown by this ballot that was returned:

"Burt Myers venturing up North and racing at Thompson!"

The Turnout at the Gulf Coast Championship Races - There's a lot of great things going on with the Gulf Coast Championship Series races at Five Flags Mobile Speedway (FL) and Mobile International Speedway (AL), so it surprised one of our voters when the car counts in both places were a bit off last weekend.  There were 24 cars in the starting field for Friday's Blizzard race and only 15 cars at Mobile for Saturday's races.

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For his “Shock” of a performance, Gresham 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.





Steve Arpin
#55 Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet
Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week"
Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week"