There were a few reasons why former NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion Andrew Ranger was shocking last weekend in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Infineon Raceway.
The first one is captured by the comments of this voter on our panel of experts:
"My shock of the week goes to former NCATS champion turned K&N Pro Series regular Andrew Ranger. Most people south of the border had never even heard of the Roxton Pond, Quebec driver until this weekend. A one time Champ Car World Series driver, Ranger has become known in his native Canada for his road course prevalence. His new K&N Series adversaries received an up close look at Ranger's ability to turn both ways, as he marched into Infineon Raceway in California, winning for the first time since joining the NDS Racing team last month. Welcome aboard, Monsieur Ranger."
Equally as shocking though was how Ranger won the race, as shown by another of our voter comments:
"Andrew Ranger gets my vote after running out of gas on the final lap and still winning."
That's right, Ranger ran dry on the final lap of the West Series race but still was able to coast his car across the finish line to win the event. That is a pretty shocking turn of events.
That performance earned Andrew Ranger this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Also receiving votes this week were:
Jimmy Garmon (SLM) - It had been seven years since his last feature victory, so even Jimmy Garmon might have been a little bit shocked after he won last weekend's Super Late Model show at Gresham Motorsports Park over none other than Bubba Pollard - one of the biggest dogs on the porch that is Deep South Super Late Model racing.
Chase Elliott (CRA) - Over the past year or so, we've been shocked time after time at just how quickly Chase Elliott has learned the ropes of short track racing - winning in PASS South, the Blizzard Series, GAS and on the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour. But he still surprised us a bit at just how well he fought against the biggest names of them all in last week's Rowdy's Revenge 251 CRA Super Series race at Berlin Raceway (MI). Elliott finished a strong second to Kyle Busch in that event. Here is what one of our voters had to say:
"Chase Elliott - who would have thought that this kid could go beat all the regulars with their big home track advantage like Berlin? Not me...but I'll guess soon we'll stop being shocked and come to expect things like this from this talented driver. Enjoy him now short track America...he won't be with us long before he moves on!"
Karl Allard (ACT Quebec) - One of our voters made a great case for Karl Allard's choice this week and it was enough to earn him an honorable mention. Here is why:
"My Pro Shock vote of the week goes to Karl Allard - who was credited with the win at Circuit Riverside Speedway/Ste-Croix in the ACT Castrol Edge Series. Actually, he sputtered across the line on lap 96 of the race as the yellow-and-checker were displayed, shortening the race by four laps, due to rain. Unable to get his car back around to do a victory lap, his crew pushed it back and he ran across with the flag in hands."
Michael Rouse (UARA) - With guys like Coleman Pressley, Jamie Caudill, Kyle Grissom and Alex Yontz in the field, you might think that a young driver like Michael Rouse wouldn't have had a chance in the UARA-Stars Late Model Stock Car event at Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC). But you would have though wrong if you felt that way. Rouse shocked everyone by saving his car, and tires, until the end of the race and blasting on through to victory lane. That earned him an honorable mention.
Mike Twist (Media) - Even 51's own Mike Twist got a vote this week for his victory in the Media race at Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) and no, the vote didn't come from Twist himself. Here is what one of the returned ballots said:
"Mike Twist leads every lap (?) at T-Road!"
For his “Shock” of a performance, Andrew Ranger 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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