Most of the pre-race attention when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour visited Lime Rock Park focused on Ted Christopher. Nobody can ever count TC out when it comes to winning a Modified race and he's also known as a pretty damn good road racer. Todd Szgedy was another driver who the smart money could bet on - especially after he set fast time for the race.
Meanwhile, Dale Quarterley was being talked about as simply a fill-in driver. Sure, he's a road racing specialist who has won multiple races in what is know the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, but he's also been out of the driver's seat for awhile and is currently a cerw chief in that series. For Lime Rock, Quarterley picked up a ride in the Darling Motorsports #52 Modified - joining a team that is currently without a regular driver.
And at Lime Rock, Quarterley drove the #52 Modified right into victory lane.
That performance earned Dale Quarterley this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Here is what one of our voters had to say about Quarterley's efforts:
"My vote definetely goes to Dale Quarterley. Sure, a guy with a road course background winning on a road course shouldn't come as a shock to anyone; But when he takes a low-buck, part-time team to victory lane, beating out a field full of some pretty well-funded operations....thats when things get surprising."
Also receiving votes this week were:
John Smith (SMT) - Burt Myers, Andy Seuss, LW Miller....those are the guys who you might expect to win when the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to Caraway Speedway (NC), but on Friday night it was someone that a few of our voters had never really heard much about who won the big show. John Smith won at Caraway and finished a close second in voting for our Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Here is what one of our voters had to say about Smith:
"The only John Smith I know in racing is a drag racer, the husband of Rhonda Hartman-Smith."
OK, so he's not famous...yet...but he is a winner!
Tommy St. John (CRA) - You would have been a fool to bet against hometown boy Scott Hantz when it came to last weekend's CRA Super Series race at Angola Motor Speedway (IN). You would have been an even bigger fool to bet on Tommy St. John winning the race with a brand new car that had never been raced before.
But if you had bet on St. John, you would have been a rich fool after the race as he shocked everyone by winning the big show. This earned him the following comment from our of our panelists:
"That CRA St. John dude [gets my vote] for putting a new car in victory lane for the first time."
Nick Murgic (ASA MW) - Here is what one of our voters had to say with their vote of Nick Murgic this time around:
"[My vote goes to] Nick Murgic's Strong run in the ASA Midwest Tour All-Star Challenge 100. His best outing so far in the tour. The 2008 Rookie of the Year led the most laps before Steve Carlson took over the lead with 17 laps to go. Murgic fell back to finish sixth."
Southeast Limited Late Model Series - The Southeast Limited Late Model Series made a shocking first impression on one of our voters this time around in their first-ever race in series history. It wasn't the good kind of shock though that our voter was referring to about the event at Florence Motor Speedway (SC). Here is what his ballot said:
"[My vote goes to the] 16 caution, three red flag wreck fest at the inaugural race for the Southeast Limited Late Model Tour. Seriously, 16 cautions and 3 red flags in a 100 lap race, that is just ridiculous."
For his “Shock” of a performance, Dale Quarterley 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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