George Miedecke knew the legend of Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) even from his homeland of Australia. So when he moved halfway across the world to race a Late Model Stock Car there, winning at Hickory was a big goal of his. Miedecke got that victory in big fashion this past weekend when he captured the 34th Annual Bobby Issac Memorial event.
“With the history that Hickory (Motor Speedway) has, it’s great to get a win here,” Miedecke announced from Victory Lane.
To earn that victory, Miedecke needed to beat a tough field that included Kyle Grissom, Robert Johnson, Candace Muzny and Ashley Huffman. Yet, he won the pole and the race anyhow.
That performance earned George Miedecke this week's Speed51.com Pro Shocks "Shock of the Week" award.
Miedecke squeaked out a slim victory in this week's voting.
Also receiving votes this week were:
Nick Sweet (ACT) - Here is what one of our panelists wrote along with their vote this week:
"Just a little over a week ago Nick Sweet was crowned Thunder Road "King of the road" for his title in the Late Model Sportsman division. This weekend, the American-Canadian Tour held its annual Labor Day Classic, the Bond 200, Sweet among 42 other competitors attempted to qualify for one of the 30 starting spots. Unfortunately, his efforts came short and he failed to qualify. The team had struggled in the Showdown last weekend chasing a brake problem, this week it was a left-front spindle (see picture) which
failed them. When a fellow reporter mentioned to Sweet "At least you can watch it", like a true Champion he responded: "I'd rather be racing than anything else"."
Andy Loden (PASS South) - There were shocking moments at North Wilkesboro Speedway (NC) before Saturday's PASS South race there even got started. Here was one of the votes that we received this week for the Pro Shock of the Week award:
"Andy Loden taking down the long standing track record at North Wilkesboro set by Terry Labonte in a Cup car."
Tim Brown (WSMT) - Nobody really expected to see Tim Brown in victory lane after the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Langley Speedway (VA) this past week. That led to this vote:
"My vote goes to Tim Brown for winning in the 02 car, Emory never won in it, It was Tim's fourth start!"
Steve Arpin (ARCA) - Canadian Steve Aprin might have come up through the ranks of dirt track racing, but he's been a little bit removed from that world in recent seasons. His ARCA Racing Series team of Venturini Motorsports has never won on a dirt track before. None of that mattered though as Arpin and the Venturini team stood in victory lane after this past weekend's ARCA race at DuQuoin Fairgrounds (IL).
Wall Stadium (NJ) - As we often say, not everything shocking is positive. That is proven by this vote that we received from one of our panelists
"My Shock of the Week was the indefinite closing of Wall Stadium. Some of the most depressing news to come out of the short track world in a longtime. Not much else to say, other than SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHORT TRACK!"
North Wilkesboro Speedway (NC) - Then again, some shocks are positive, even when they involve a racetrack. Check out this vote that was cast:
"North Wilkesboro Speedway hosting a race after 14 years of lying dormant [is my vote for the week]."
For his “Shock” of a performance, George Miedecke 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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