As one of our panelists said, the real shock of the week in the USARacing Pro Cup Series event Saturday night at Langley Speedway in Virginia was that Clay Rogers did not win. That meant someone else did, and that someone else was Caleb Holman.
Now, we're not saying Holman winning is a shock. He's done it before and he's proven to be one of the toughest-to-beat competitors in Pro Cup. The shock in Holman's performance at Langley was that he was one of the few who survived three cautions in the final 10 laps. For that, and stopping Rogers' bid for five-straight Pro Cup victories, Holman indeed shocked many of our panelists.
That performance earned Caleb Holman this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Holman scored a strong victory among our panelists this week.
Also receiving votes this week were:
Casey Roderick (ARCA) - For years, the ARCA Series has been dominated by one, two or maybe three drivers in a season. This year, however, is the year of the first-time winner. Tom Hessert, Max Gresham, Dakoda Armstrong and last week's "Shock of the Week" winner Joey Coulter are just some of the first-time winners in ARCA this year. This past weekend, former Legends Car and Late Model standout Casey Roderick added his name to the record books with his first-ever ARCA victory on the road course at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
"Casey Roderick winning on the road course in his breakthrough ARCA race gets my vote," said one of our panelists.
Dave Darling (PASS North) - Dave Darling simply planned on shaking his Super Late Model down in practice at Seekonk Speedway (MA), but never really thought about competing in Saturday's PASS North event. After turning some sporty times in the afternoon, Darling, who lives and works in Seekonk and has many laps around the "Cement Palace," decided to give it a go. And "go" is exactly what he did. Darling took the victory at Seekonk just a few hours after deciding to race in it.
"To go from "I'm going to practice" to the winner's circle is both a shock and a clutch performance," said a panelist.
Augie Grill (SLM) - A full weekend of racing on the Gulf Coast between Pensacola's Five Flags Speedway and Mobile International Speedway in Alabama came and went last week. As a stark contrast from the last time the Super Late Model two-night doubleheader was in action, there were no issues in tech. Last time out, Augie Grill had the heads of his engine disqualified at Mobile, causing quite a stir. Last weekend, Grill got through both night's of racing without issue from Ricky Brooks and his tech staff.
Nick Gullatta (CRA) - Nick Gullatta's rookie year in the CRA Super Series has been a tough one. The team's new Port City car had been giving them headaches all season long and Gullatta found himself parking the car out of frustration more often than he ever imagined after many wins in the ARCA Truck division. But, after some homework and hard work, Gullatta was amongst the leaders most of the night last Friday's CRA show at Toledo Speedway (OH), eventually finishing an impressive fourth.
Griffin McGrath (ASA MWT) - We'll let one of our panelists sum up McGrath's ASA Midwest Tour shocking performance Saturday night at the Wisconsin Dells.
"Griffin McGrath finished third in the ASA Midwest Tour's Wisconsin Dells 100, his first podium position in the series. He started on the front row and stayed up front for the entire event...with a broken hand.
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