FLUIDYNE "Cool Under Pressure" Award
Who Handled the Pressure the Best This Weekend?
As Decided by a Panel of Industry Insiders for Speed51.com
There was a lot of great racing these past few weeks between the Oxford TD Bank 250 Weekend, Whelen Modified Tour and K&N Pro Series action, and some Pro Late Model shows in the Deep South.
There were just as many pressure-filled moments in those races, as well. Some drivers came through and thrived under pressure, while others weren't able to take the heat. Staying cool under pressure is often the difference between winning and losing both in the driver's seat and under the racecar's hood. While a driver has to remain cool under pressure, so does his or her racecar, which is why FLUIDYNE's line of innovative cooling products for a wide variety of cooling applications have become the racer's choice.
Fittingly, FLUIDYNE is presenting a new FLUIDYNE "Cool Under Pressure Award" on Speed51.com. An esteemed panel of industry insiders voted on which driver remained the coolest when the heat was on. Votes didn't necessarily have to be for the best win, rather someone who remained cool under pressure to prevail with a win, strong finish or another achievement.
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The winner of this edition of the FLUIDYNE "Cool Under Pressure Award" is...
Mobile Twin 50's - PLM
2011 in the Deep South Late Model ranks has been all about two drivers – Augie Grill and Bubba Pollard. While the duo has put on some great shows this year, many fans have been hoping a third driver can emerge as a weekly threat. With his first career Pro Late Model victory at Mobile International Speedway (AL) last Saturday night, 13-year-old Kyle Benjamin appears to be just that driver.
The breakthrough for the youngster from Easley, South Carolina can hardly be called a surprise. Despite being in just his first season of Late Model racing, Benjamin has noticeably progressed in competitiveness with every single lap competed. In recent weeks, he began clicking off fast times and laps led.
That said, Benjamin earned the Cool Under Pressure Award because of just how that first victory finally came. After finishing second to Grill in the first half of the twin 50-lap features on Saturday, Benjamin was quickly making his way up the field when disaster seemingly struck on lap 24. Contact from Jason Young sent Benjamin spinning, the net result being Benjamin having to work his way through the field once more.
Benjamin rebounded like a pro, slicing and dicing his way back through the field. Having finally caught back up to Grill in the waning circuits, Benjamin made a good, clean pass of the leader and set sail into the Alabama night.
For his performance at Mobile, Kyle Benjamin was voted as this month's winner of the FLUIDYNE "Cool Under Pressure Award" by our panel. Benjamin will receive a product certificate from FLUIDYNE, the leader in innovative cooling products for a wide variety of cooling applications.
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OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES
Joe Doucette – Won his first career Valenti Modified Racing Series event at Oxford Plains Speedway, running down leader Chris Pasteryak with just four laps to go for his first big series win.
Augie Grill – Went two-for-three in the Gulf Coast PLM weekend, only losing to Benjamin in the waning circuits.
Kyle Busch – Certainly expected to compete at Oxford, but still managed to impress by winning the biggest ACT-type Late Model event of the year in his first start in the style of car.
Steve Dorer – On vacation, Floridian rolls into CRA pits at M-40 Speedway and wins for the first time in his career despite heavy competition from Terry Fisher, Jr.
Ryan Blaney – Became the first winner on the PASS South circuit at Ace Speedway earlier this month to compliment an ARCA pole in his series debut at Winchester
Gary Smith – Longtime PASS North veteran had to wait over 100 races but got the job done at Lee USA Speedway, driving through the field late after putting on tires late.
Austin Theriault – Surprise of the Oxford 250 as stayed in the top-10 all race long and emerged with a very impressive third-place finish for the youngster in just his second year of ACT action.
Patrick Laperle – Made his first PASS start in a number of years and appeared to be the only one that could keep Kyle Busch at bay during the first 120 laps. Had to settle for a top-five.
Burt Myers – Showing no effects of early year injury as another victory at Bowman Gray on Saturday night vaults him toward his second consecutive Stadium win.