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..."
Some pre-race headlines for the ACT Late Model season opener at Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) focused on the dual between the two winningest champions in Tour history, Brian Hoar and Jean Paul Cyr, who will likely face off for the Tour title this year. Others focused on the return of Patrick Laperle, who was gunning for another win at T-Road or the chances of John Donahue, one of the top drivers on the Tour, winning on opening day.
Not many people predicted Nick Sweet to be the big winner in the race though. Sweet, a former ACT Rookie of the Year is mostly focusing on the weekly racing at Thunder Road this season and is only entering a few ACT races. But even as a part-timer, Sweet was strong in race and won his first ACT Late Model feature.
That performance earned Nick Sweet this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Also receiving votes this week were:
CE Falk (LMSC) - There were some big names assembled for the second annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Southside Speedway (VA) last week, but when someone nudged Hamlin out of the way to win the event it wasn't Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch Elliott Sadler, Joey Logano or one of the other familiar names in Cup race who were there for the charity event. It was Late Model Stock Car driver CE Falk, who scored a shocking upset victory to get his name out there as a big winner.
John Donahue (ACT)- Nick Sweet used the ACT Late Model season opener at Thunder Road Speedbowl to shock people in a good way. John Donahue's shock wasn't quite as positive. Donahue, who has won big races at Thunder Road before and is one of the big guns on the ACT Tour, had a frustrating time in the heat races for the season opening race and failed to qualify for the event.
Jeff Canon (ASA MW) - Here is one ballot that we got back this week, stating a strong case for a weekly track hero who shocked people on the ASA Midwest Tour.
"[My vote goes to] Jeff Cannon...the 2007 & 2009 Illiana Motor Speedway, an ASA Member Track, Track Champion took advantage of an off night at Illiana to come and compete at the ASA Midwest Tour event at Madison. He started fourth in the 136-lap event and that is where he finished. He ran third throughout most of the event only to be passed by Travis Sauter in the late going and missing out on a podium finish. He held off Chris Wimmer at the finish to get the fourth place finish."
Joey Doiron (PASS North) - Joey Doiron started out his rookie season in PASS North Super Late Model racing with a fourth-place result in the season opener at Beech Ridge. With such a strong field assembled and a driving display that looked like it was being put on by a veteran of the tour, Doiron's performance was worthy of on honorable mention for the Pro Shocks Shock of the Week award.
Ross Kenseth (ASA MW) - A lot of people expected that Ross Kenseth would come into his own this season on the ASA Midwest Tour. Not too many figured that he would be scoring a runner-up finish to defending champion Steve Carlson in the season opener. Yet that is exactly what Kenseth did this past weekend - shocking some of the voting panel in the process.
For his “Shock” of a performance, Sweet 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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