Usually, someone wins the Pro Shocks "Shock of the "Week" award thanks to a victory. This week, we look at someone who had victory snatched away from them.
Coleman Pressley was leading on the final lap of the UARA-Stars race at Kingsport Speedway (TN) when his day ended early in turn four. Alex Yontz got by and won the race as the fans, and Pressley, were shocked.
That performance earned Coleman Pressley this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
While it's not same as a victory, maybe it will help ease the sting of defeat for Pressley.
Here is what a few of our voters had to say about Pressley's performance.
"Coleman Pressley spinning on the last lap while leading a UARA race get my vote."
"I don't know who would get it, but either Coleman Pressley or Alex Yontz. The shocking part was that Coleman locked up the tranny (I think) and crashed on the last lap, losing the lead to Yontz."
Also receiving votes this week were:
Rowan Pennink and/or Les Hinckley (MRS) - We're going to join Les Hinckley and Rowan Pennink together in this competition, just like their racecars were at the finish of the Modified Racing Series feature at Airborne Speedway on Friday night. The two Modified drivers had a wild finish where Hinckley won, Pennink finished second and both wrecked hard after the finish line.
Here is what a few of our voters had to say about Pennink and Hinckley this week:
"I feel what was surprising was Rowan Pennink's terrible weekend in Modified competition. While Pennink captured 2nd place at New York's Airborne Speedway on Saturday night, a collision with the winner just past the start-finish line destroyed his ride....forcing Pennink to switch to a backup car for Sunday's Memorial Day event at Thunder Road. However, his fortunes didn't change much for the better at 'The Road', as the Pennsylvania native took a dive off of the notorious cliff between turns 1 and 2...TWICE (once in his qualifying heat....and again in the A-Main). For a shockingly unlucky weekend, Rowan Pennink gets my vote."
"The Pennink Hinckley wreck after the checkers. Both thought they had won. Neither lifted. The first time for asphalt mods back at Airborne in 30 years. They will be talking of this finish for years to come."
Andy Loden (PASS South)) - Andy Loden hasn't been a household name in PASS South Super Late Models, but that might have changed after his victory in the PASS South race at Concord Speedway (NC). It did earn him a few votes in the battle for the Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Alex Labbe (ACT) - North of the border, Alex Labbe earned this vote for the Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award:
"Alex Labbé - a 16 year old driver, in his first ACT CASTROL Edge start, finished 4th and on the lead lap. Labbé raced in karts and was the 2009 Super Trucks Mira Series Champion. His car did not have one single mark on it despite the 28 competitors on the Autodrome Montmagny Speedway."
Clyde Hennessey (PASS Sportsman) - We usually expect to see Carey Martin, Mike Landry or one of the McKeages in victory lane after a PASS Sportsman race, but this time at Spud Speedway it was RJ Austin who led for awhile and Clyde Hennessey who won the race. That earned Hennessey an honorable mention this time around in the competition for the Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Bobby Santos, III (WMT) - When the dust settled after the final few laps of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT), a few observers were shocked to see Bobby Santos, III headed to victory lane, including this member of our voting panel"
"Bobby Santos, lll gets my vote for taking the win on the last lap at Stafford."
For his “Shock” of a performance, Coleman Pressley 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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