The fact that Darrell Wallace, Jr. won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday night at Lee USA Speedway wasn't shocking. The way that he won the race was though.
Wallace came out on top of a wild green-white-checkered finish where he dove under Ryan Truex and Eddie MacDonald from his restart spot of third to take the lead. That ace bit of driver shocked, and pleased the fans and made runner-up Ryan Truex mad enough to spin him out after the race.
That performance earned Darrell Wallace, Jr. this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Here is what one of our voters had to say about the pass.
"I definitely have to cast my vote for Ryan Truex and Darrell Wallace Jr. after their soap opera episode at Lee USA on Friday. From Wallace going from third to first in a lap to the shoving match at the press
conference, both teenagers made sure to surprise and entertain everyone right until the haulers pulled out of the pits."
Also receiving votes this week were:
Mark Hayward (ACT Late Models) - Mark Hayward is enjoying a very strong, but very quiet, season in ACT Late Models. He's now ranked fifth in the standings and has qualified for a few races where bigger names have loaded up early from. But still, we're not quite sure we expected him to become a winner so quickly. But that is exactly what he did on Friday night at Twin State Speedway (NH) - and he best no less of a racer than Ben Rowe to score the victory. It was a shock, but a good one, to see him win the race.
Todd Annarummo (Mods) - If you had taken a poll before the Modified Madness open show at Seekonk Speedway (MA) last week and asked for a pick to win, you might have heard the names Ted Christopher, Matt Hirschman, Chuck Hossfeld, Mike Stefanik, Jon McKennedy, Andy Seuss or even local favorite Jimmy Kuhn.
You wouldn't have heard many people say Todd Annarummo (even though one person did predict a victory from him on live coverage of the race by TheChromeHorn.com) and that was a mistake because it was Annarummo who took the lead late and scored a big victory at his home track.
Here is what one of our voters had to say:
"Todd Annarummo. With all the talent in the Open Wheel Wednesday show Annarummo was on no ones radar to win."
Trevor Sanborn (PASS North) - It took so long for Trevor Sanborn to actually get the monkey off his back and win in PASS North competition that when it finally happened, it came as a shock. No, Sanborn wasn't a surprise winner. He's one of the most notable competitors on the tour these days. But we had gotten so used to Sanborn being a bridesmaid that we were just a little shocked when he finally did get to visit victory lane.
Here is what one of our voters had to say:
"Travis Sanborn winning in PASS North gets my vote - not just because he won this past weekend, but that it was a shock that it took this long."
Brett Robinson (CRA LM Sportsman) - This is the vote that one of our panelist cast this week:
"Brett Robinson getting his first ever stock car win in the Howe CRA Late Model Sportsman event at Anderson Speedway Saturday night. It was just his sixth ever stock car race and sixth start with the series, holding off new track record holder Charlie Hanna to get the win."
Jordan Pruitt (Outlaw SLM and Mods)- It's a great time of the season for big Outlaw Super Late Model shows in the Midwest and one of our voters cast their ballot for one of the big winners in that type of car...and in a Modified..over the past weekend:
"Jordan Pruitt [gets my vote] for winning at Dixie Friday and then scoring his first ever win at Owosso in a Modified on Saturday," wrote one of our panelists.
The Lack of Cautions in the PASS North race at Riverside Speedway (NH)- To one of our voters, the most shocking thing in short track racing last week wasn't something that happened, but rather something that didn't happen. Here was their ballot:
"Only one caution in the PASS North race at Riverside (bet you won't see that in a NASCAR East race from now on!)"
For his “Shock” of a performance, Darrell Wallace, Jr. 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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