Down in Georgia, David Odell has been making his tracks int he Pro Late Model ranks throughout the state. He's won before, but personally hasn't considered that to be a real victory since it came in a rain-shortened event. On Saturday night though at Gresham Motorsports Park, Odell didn't need any rain to take a trip to victory lane as he bested a field of strong Pro Late Model teams to win on Georgia Racing Hall of Fame night at the racy track in Jefferson.
That performance earned David Odell this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Also receiving votes this week were:
The Sunoco National Tour - Only nine entries showed up for the Sunoco National Tour race at Rockingham Speedway. One competitor had engine problem and withdrew. That left eight cars to take the green flag and eventually only four of them finished the race. That kind of car count was pretty shocking to our panel of voters.
Tommy Ricker (ACT)- Last year, "Two Lap" Tommy Ricker won his first weekly Late Model race at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME). On Sunday, Ricker charged through the field to hang on Oxford 250 winner Eddie MacDonald's bumper to try and wrestle the victory away during an ACT Late Model feature. We're shocked, and very glad to see, Ricker's drive in the race.
Ross Kenseth (CRA) - In winning the CRA Super Series race at Winchester, Ross Kenseth earned an honorable mention in this week's Pro Shocks Shock of the Week compeition. Here is what a few of our voters had to say:
"Ross Kenseth at Winchester. First time visit there...gets fast time...sent to the rear for spinning out the leader with 49 laps to go...comes through the field and passes Scott Hantz on the last lap for the win. Not bad for the rookie in his fourth super late model race."
"He had never seen Winchester before, set fast time and won the race...at Winchester! What a shock!"
John Donahue (ACT) - John Donahue started back in the 31st position of the ACT race at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME), but still managed to shock the crowd by working through the pack in a race with little attrition to finish in the fourth position.
Matt Lofton (Pro Cup) - The fact that Matt Lofton went home early from the USARacing Pro Cup event at Rockingham shocked one of our voters, as shown by this comment:
"Matt Lofton DQ'd after USAR Pro Cup race at Rockingham - Not often you see someone who has the same last name as a series owner get disqualified after a race."
Chase Elliot (SNT) - Yes, one of our voters cast a ballot for Chase Elliott's victory in the Sunoco National Tour race at Rockingham Speedway as a potential Shock of the Week. Elliott did win in his first SNT start, which was impressive. But with only nine cars signed into the pits and very good equipment at his command, we can't say that it was exactly a shock that he did that.
ACT Late Model Tour - When you looked at the list of non-qualifers for the ACT Late Model tour race at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) on Sunday, it was pretty shocking. Joey Pole didn't make the race, nor did multi-time ACT champion Jean Paul Cyr. A few of the other big names who were among the 20 non-qualifers included Ron Henry, Derek Lynch, Aaron Ricker and Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
Here is what one of our voters had to say:
"My shock of the week goes to the ACT Tour. Is there a more talented tour in the country right now? Take a look at the drivers sent home early at Oxford yesterday: Joey Pole, Jean Paul Cyr, Derek Lynch, Craig Bushey, Wayne Helliwell, Joey Laquerre, Chip Grenier, Jeff Zuidema....that's an unbelievable amount of talent reduced to watching from the hauler. It's never been a secret that Tom Curley isn't afraid to send home good race cars if they don't qualify (see Donahue, John at Thunder Road a couple weeks back) but this Sunday's event was a special case. For assembling a field strong enough to send home a large handful of potential championship contenders, the ACT Tour gets both my vote and my applause. Well done.
Quebec Lucas Oil Super Sportsman Series - Here is the vote that our of our panelists cast this time around"
"On Saturday May 15th, the Quebec Lucas Oil Super Sportsman series held their first race of the year. Contrary to last year, where not one disqualification was done, in the first program four (1 heat race and 3
feature race) disqualification were levied on the racers. Bringing back memories of the events that occurred during this year's World Series competition at New Smyrna in February.
"So my vote for this week's Pro Shock goes out to Series officials for listening to racer requests, standing their grounds and enforcing the rulebook as it should be it for a big motor or a light or low car.
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