When you have comments returned that say "No question" and "It would be a shame if anyone else won this award this week", you have to think that there was a very worthy shocker in short track racing out there.
And there was.
On Saturday night, Bill Rodgers was one of the Beech Ridge Pro Series regulars that entered the PASS North race at that track. He wasn't just content to ride around with the big boys either. Rodgers put himself in position to battle for the lead throughout the race. When there ended up being a green, white, checkered finish, Rodgers used the high groove to move into the lead for good and hold off Trevor Sanborn and Cassius Clark for the victory.
And while Sanborn and Clark drive for some of the most established teams in PASS North, Rodgers #53 operation doesn't even own a pit box. It was a true case of the little guys coming away with some big results.
That performance earned Bill Rodgers this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Here were a few voter comments cast in Bennett's favor:
"He's a talented to racer, but to beat the Rowes and Clarks and the rest of the PASS North field is truly special."
"Score one for the Saturday night racer! It's great to see someone defend their turf like Rodgers did in the Beech Ridge PASS North race. Unfortunately, that type of thing is pretty shocking in today's big dollar sport of racing."
Winning the Pro Shock Shock of the Week award could be especially satisfying to Rodgers and his team, since their current racing shocks are 12 years old!
Also receiving votes this week were:
Thor Anderson (ASA MW) - Another underdog also earned himself a vote this week for his Super Late Model success. A ballot was cast for Thor Anderson's third place finish in the ASA Midwest Tour race at Raceway Park (MN).
Brad Leighton (Oxford 250)- A flat tire might have kept Brad Leighton for battling to the end of this year's Oxford 250, but before that happened Leighton led nearly 200 laps of the prestigious race. He put all but four other cars a lap down and ran away from the field. To have one car, with spec shocks and a crate engine, being that dominant against an entry list that was 79 strong, shocked one of our voters.
"Brad Leighton for dominating in the Oxford 250 like no other in an LMS race," stated one of the ballots that we got back this week."
The Lead Lap Cars of the Oxford 250 - Also from the Oxford 250, we received this vote:
"My Shock of the Week goes to the lead-lap cars at the Oxford 250. Namely, how few of them there were left at the end. When only five of the best Late Model drivers in all of the Northeast withstood being put a
lap down, it's obvious that Sunday at Oxford, staying in front of Brad Leighton and Eddie Mac was even tougher than usual."
TJ Reaid (CRA) - TJ Reaid set fast time for the U.S. Auto Sales World Series of Speed 100 CRA Super Late Model race at Gresham Motorsports Park (GA) with his Kyle Busch Motorsports #51. Then he finished second in the race....apparently. After the after, Reaid failed post race technical inspection and along the way got himself a vote for the Pro Shock of the Week.
Daniel Hemric (Legends) - A $250,000 Legends car victory? Well that is exactly what Daniel Hemric pulled off on Saturday night a Charlotte Motor Speedway (NC) - earning him a vote for the Pro Shocks Shock of the Week award.
For his “Shock” of a performance, Bill Rodgers 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.
Pro Shocks is proud to have the largest and most knowledgeable technical staff in the racing shock industry. For more information about Pro Shocks, log onto www.proshocks.com or call 770-995-6300.