When the big names come to town, sometimes the local heroes are easily forgotten.
That is why Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and even the youngest member of the Kenseth racing family, Ross Kenseth, all got most of the pre-race attention leading into the Slinger Nationals at Slinger Super Speedway (WI). Meanwhile, four-time winner (coming into the weekend at least), Lowell Bennett was largely ignored.
It was hard to ignore Bennett after the race though as he capitalized on some misfortune by Busch and went on to win his fifth Slinger Nationals.
That performance earned Lowell Bennett this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Here were a few voter comments cast in Bennett's favor:
"The shock of the week is most definitely Lowell Bennett at the Slinger Nationals. Or, should I say, the events leading up to Lowell Bennett winning the Slinger Nationals. From Rowdy breaking under caution to
Bennett moving from third to first without passing a car under green to Dennis Prunty almost wrecking himself on the restart in a last bid effort for the win, the 2010 Slinger Nationals finish had everything. The Shock of the Week is defined as something that makes you go 'Wow!', well the last 9 laps of that race got more than a few 'Wows' out of me."
"Lowell Bennett wins after Busch fails to finish of the deal!"
"Experience beat the big names and Lowell Bennett won the Slinger Nationals. That must have been quite a shock to the Cup fans in the stands!"
Also receiving votes this week were:
Tom Hessert (ARCA) - Tom Hessert wasn't the odds-on favorite to win last weekend's ARCA Racing Series event at Iowa Speedway, so when he did go on to victory lane, that ensured him of an honorable mention for the Pro Shock "Shock of the Week" award.
Eddie Hoffman (CRA) - It's pretty shocking to think that before this past weekend, Eddie Hoffman had not won a CRA Super Series race since 2005, but it was true. Hoffman changed that though by winning on Sunday at Plymouth Speedway (IN). We don't know if that victory was very shocking and the fact that it was so long in the making that was the shock, but Hoffman still earned a vote this week for whichever reason.
Viper PLM Field at South Alabama Speedway - Nobody was shocked to see Bubba Pollard win this weekend's Viper Series Pro Late Model race at South Alabama Speedway, but one of our panelists was shocked to see that there was only an eight car field on hand for the event.
Jay Reinbold (SLM) - After a slump, sometimes it is surprised to see a driver return to victory lane. That is what led to this vote by one of our panelists:
"Jay Reinbold gets my vote for his first win in 6 years at Dixie Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch (SLM) - One vote that we got this week from our panel was for a post-race incident that Kyle Busch was involved with after the Slinger Nationals. Here is the vote:
"Kyle Busch ramming the pit gate at Slinger with a rental car as he was making a quick escape after his heartbreak in the Slinger Nationals."
But did it really happen like that?
Whatever happened at Slinger took on a life of its own once it hit the Internet. Stories about Kyle ramming through a gate and wrecking a rental car started to circulate. But then a funny thing happened. The truth got in the way of a good story.
Yes, there was probably contact made between the pit gate and a car driven by Kyle Busch, but eyewitnesses reported that it was just a tap to try and push it open - with little or no damage to the gate or the car. Just like the beach side rental car race featuring Kyle's nick-namesake Rowdy Burns in "Days of Thunder" and Stroker Ace driving a rental car into a pool, the juicy story here is more fiction than fact. But it did make for a whale of a tale anyways.
Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch (SLM) - Lowell Bennett might have won the Slinger Nationals, but a few observers were shocked when both Cup stars in the field, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch, suffered race-ending problems. Busch had a flat tire while Kenseth had a small fire under the front of his Super Late Model.
Here is what one of our voters had to say:
"Mechanical failures claiming both Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch in the Miller Lite Slinger Nationals takes my vote for shock of the week."
For his “Shock” of a performance, Lowell Bennett 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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