One of the nice things about a tour that uses the same rules as a number of weekly series tracks is that it provides a large pool of teams that are able to enter that tour's races. In the case of the ACT Late Model tour, it also provides a deep pool of winners as well. When the ACT Late Models visited Lee USA Speedway last Friday night, track regular Miles Chipman broke on through with his regular Friday night set-up to beat a field filled with household short track names like Brian Hoar, Jean Paul Cyr, Joey Pole, Brad Leighton and Brent Dragon.
That performance earned Miles Chipman this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Also receiving votes this week were:
Jason Bowles (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series) - Yes, you read that correctly - Jason Bowles (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series).
We usually identify Bowles as a competitor in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West ranks. Sometimes, we see him run in the East Series as well. But to race North of the Border? Well, that was a shock enough, but to do so competitively and on a road course? Well, that earned Bowles an honorable mention this time around.
Here is what one of our voters had to say:
"My shock of the week was Jason Bowles heading to road course at Mosport Speedway for his first ever NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race. The K&N Pro Series West driver turned in a top three (after a spirited challenge for the lead) and was the only driver that opted not to take fresh tires the entire race. Considering Bowles had never so much as sat in an NCATS car before the weekend, a top three his first time out is one heck of an accomplishment"
Phillip Morris (LMSC) - Sometimes you have to make a stand and that is exactly what Phillip Morris did last weekend at Motor Mile. Whether it was a good move or not remains to be seen, but the defending track and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National, champion skipped last Saturday night's race because of a rule hat he didn't agree with. That led to this vote from one of our panelists:
"Philip Morris skips race at Motor Mile Speedway - Odd to see the points leader and annual title favorite skip a race over a weight rule that has been in place for over a year."
- Legends car graduate Craig Goess hit the big time on Saturday with his victory in the ARCA Racing Series event at Pocono Raceway.
Mike Luberda Jr. (Outlaw SLM) - It was a wild show last week during the East vs. West Shootout 100 Outlaw Super Late Model race at Dixie Motor Speedway (MI). After the race, there were fists flying and teams yelling, but the most shocking moment may have happened late in the going. That was when Mike Luberda Jr. stopped on the track to draw a caution. The race had seen plenty of caution flag laps already in the race and that led to why Luberda felt the need to protest and cause another one.
Luberda ran out of fuel late in the going (while leading) and wasn't happy when the three courtesy laps that had been given to other competitors under caution weren't given to him. So he refueled, came out a lap down and stopped on the racing surface to show just how unhappy that he was.
Here is what one of our voters wrote on his ballot:
"Mike Luberda Jr., for stopping on the track under green to protest not having enough caution laps to add fuel when he ran out while leading."
For his “Shock” of a performance, Miles Chipman 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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