14-Year-Old Erik Jones came out on top of this past weekend's ASA Late Model North event at Dixie Motor Speedway (MI). Jones beat a field of 18 that included Eddie Hoffman and Trevor Dassow. It was his first career ASA LM victory.
That performance earned Erik Jones this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Jones scored a strong victory among our panelists this week.
Not every shock of the past week was a positive one. In fact, other than Jones' victory, each incident or person who received votes this week was for a reason that simply wasn't good.
Also receiving votes this week were:
Various Members of the Michalski Family Along With a few Crew Members and Friends (Mini Stocks) - Shawn Courchense of The Hartford Courant reported all of the details this past week of an ugly pit fight in the Mini Stock portion of the paddock last Thursday night at Thompson International Speedway (CT). After a few on-track incidents between Fred Michalski and Rick Blanchard, Michalski allegedly visited Blanchard pits with anywhere between "a few" crew members or 15-20 people in tow depending on whose account that you listen to. What happened next wasn't clear, again the account differ, but it is safe to say that a number of Pro-Michalski folks had physical contact with Blanchard that resulted in his face being bloodied, his shoulder being dislocated, his shirt being ripped and his tools and racecar getting damaged.
This ugly incident would have been surprising if it had taken place outside a bar, but it was downright shocking, for all of the wrong reasons, that it happened at a racetrack. In the end, Fred, Trevor and Ruth Michalski were all suspended indefinitely from Thompson along with fellow Mini Stock driver Scott Jassaume.
Thankfully, the incident was a few votes shy of "winning" the Pro Shock award this week. After all, we wouldn't want to be responsible if a shock was used as a deadly weapon in the next big pit fight.
Here is what one of our voters had to say about the incident:
"My shock of the week definitely goes to the Mini Stock pit brawl at Thompson Speedway this past Thursday. Reports have surfaced of a 15-1 attack after an incident in the 15-lap Mini Stock feature that saw a driver hit over the head with a level, kicked in the face and have his car vandalized by an enraged competitor. Seeing short track drivers hand their sport a black eye is always a little shocking, but when its
something of this magnitude its especially surprising, disgusting and disappointing."
Tim DeVos (SLM) - 2009 Berlin Raceway (MI) track champion Tim DeVos was indefinitely suspended from that track on Saturday, and escorted out of the facility, when he was caught using traction control. There really isn't much else to say about the situation other than that it is quite a shocking, and disappointing, turn of events.
Tim Brown (Mods) - After basking in the glow of the popular "Madhouse" reality television series, we thought that Tim Brown enjoyed being the focus of media attention. Therefore, he behavior after the Bowman-Gray Stadium season finale was pretty shocking to us. When asked for a comment about a late-race incident in the event, Brown declined to speak. That was fine, but then he also laid into a 51 reporter, calling him a "MF'er" for simply asking the question. Brown's day job is in the shop of Michael Waltrip Motorsports, but obviously the media skills of team owner Michael Waltrip haven't rubbed off on the multi-time Bowman Gray champion.
For his “Shock” of a performance, Erik Jones 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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