This past weekend was one where Scott Hantz won in a Super Late Model at Toledo, Chase Elliott spanked a Pro Late Model field at Gresham Motorsports Park, Bubba Pollard won yet another Pro Late Model race at South Alabama Speedway, Matt Hirschman won a Modified event at Mahoning Valley Speedway and Johnny VanDoorn started his CRA championship defense with a victory at Anderson.
None of those things were the least bit surprising.
So this time, our voters had to look a little harder to be shocked this week - and when they were, they found something very surprising indeed.
Winning racecars are supposed to have all of their body parts still on them. Stock cars that look like Modifieds and are missing a nose and other panels are supposed to limp around in the back. Well, what is "supposed" to happen doesn't always work out that way.
For proof of that, just check out the opening lines of the Mid-American Stock Car Series race report from Rockford Speedway (IL):
"No nosepiece, no front quarter panels, no hood. No problem. Mark Pluer’s racer wasn’t the most aerodynamically or aesthetically sound machine competing in the Mid-American Stock Car Series 50-lap feature at Rockford Speedway for the 33rd Annual Spring Classic Sunday – but it was the fastest.
"After losing the front body panels of his car in a heat-race incident, Pluer powered past Jeremy Spoonmore at the drop of the green flag and held his ground to deny Spoonmore a third straight MASCS feature win at the venue."
How can we not be shocked by that?
That performance earned Mark Pluer this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Pluer squeaked out a narrow victory in this week's competition.
Also receiving votes this week were:
Jac Haudenschild (WoO Sprints) - Believe it or not, Jac Haudenschild had not won on the Wolrd of Outlaws Sprint Car circuit in nearly two years, but he pulled through for his 52nd career victory last weekend at Paducah International Raceway (KY), earning himself an honorable mention in the Pro Shocks Shock of the Week competition as a result,
DJ VanderLey - DJ VanderLey is showing some early muscle in the Pro Late Model ranks at Five Flags Speedway (FL) this year, now going two for two in the victory category there so far this year. We don't expect that kind of dominance at Five Flags, where there are always great teams going for the win, so color us a little bit shocked.
Derek Griffin (SLM) - Derek Griffin earned a vote this week, with this reasoning behind it:
"Derek Griffin sets a new track record in Toledo Outlaw Gold Cup car...in his first ever visit!...Besting the likes of greats like Hantz and Fair!"
Sounds like a good choice!
Rain and Snow Delay the Start of the ACT and PASS North Seasons - Granted, the weather in New England is never predictable, but snow showers in April? That is partially what was to blame for the ACT Late Model season opener at Lee USA Speedway (NH) and the PASS North lid lifter at Speedway 95 both getting postponed. Here was the vote:
"Snow in New England wiping out the PASS and ACT openers! That's a shock!"
For his “Shock” of a performance, Pluer 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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