Every week, our esteemed panel at Speed51.com will determine the most improbable, fascinating or "shocking" moment from the week and award the Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week." The winner each week will receive a product gift certificate from Pro Shocks, the leader in short track shock technology and performance. At the end of the season, the most "shocking" moment will be awarded the "Shock of the Year" and the winning driver will receive a special gift from Pro Shocks.
For this week's "Shock of the Week..."
To be honest, there really wasn't a lot of shocking moments in short track racing last week. Ted Christopher won in a Modified at Stafford, Johnny Clark won a PASS race at Beech Ridge and multi-time Pro Cup champion Benny Gordon won in that type of racecar at Bristol.
So while Chris Buescher's victory in the ARCA Racing Series event at Toledo Speedway (OH), wasn't something outside of the realm of possibilities, it was still something that was a bit shocking. After all, a tight points race between Patrick Sheltra, Craig Goess, Tom Hessert and Frank Kimmel made us think that the race winner would come from that group of point chasers.
But Buescher still came out on top after starting way back in the 23rd position and taking the lead with less than 30 laps to go.
That performance earned Chris Buescher this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Also receiving votes this week were:
Mike Garvey (PLM) - We're used to seeing Mike Garvey win all kinds of short track races. But we weren't thinking of him as a winning Pro Late Model driver until he won Friday night's race at Five Flags Speedway (FL). This led him to earn an honorable mention in this week's competition.
Here is what one of our voters wrote in with their ballot
"Mike Garvey [is my vote]. Okay... So maybe it's not that big of a shock, but the fact it was his second PLM race and the fact he was very unsure how to drive them makes it special. He also beat DJ Vanderley who had won 5 races this season at Five Flags.
D.J. Kennington (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series) - The fact that D.J. Kennington won his fourth NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race of the season at Barrie Speedway (Ont.) last weekend wasn't shocking. The manner in which he wont he race was a shock though and that led to this ballot being cast:
"My Shock of the Week came at the finish to the NCATS race at Barrie Speedway on Saturday night. DJ Kennington led for most of the race, was passed by Don Thomson Jr late, but rallied back to take the win off of the final corner. An incredible drag race to the stripe, an incredible finish, and a grandstand full of fans left saying "Wow!". "
Patrick Laperle (ACT) - Patrick Laperle's climb back through the field in the ACT Late Model race at Airborne Speedway (NY) after handling problems and a mid-race spin to go on and win the race was brought up as an honorable mention in this week's race for the Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
For his “Shock” of a performance, Chris Buescher 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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