Earnest Performance Caps Off Successful 2018 Season

Jan 11, 2019

Earnest Performance, short track racing’s leading shock technology resource, capped off an exciting 2018 season with a win at the 51st annual Snowball Derby.  The win at Five Flags Speedway highlights a season that included wins at marquee events and eight points championships.

Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) driver Noah Gragson took the lead on a late race restart and held off Ty Majeski to win the prestigious Snowball Derby at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway. Gragson’s win headlined the race that saw four of the top five finishers compete with Earnest Performance’s shock technology, service, and advising.

“The reason we use Earnest shocks is because they are just unbeatable at Pensacola,” said Cody Glick, Crew Chief for Noah Gragson at the Snowball Derby. “Time and time again we go straight back to our JRI package from Earnest Performance. The grip and turn ability is far superior of its competitors.”

Besides having a hand in winning a second-straight Tom Dawson trophy with KBM, Earnest Performance shocks were on the cars of four of the top-five drivers, including third through fifth places drivers Jeff Choquette, Connor Okrzesik, and Casey Roderick.

“I would like to thank Earnest Performance for all the help this year,” said Choquette.  “Having someone that you can rely on for shock support is always a bonus for us small teams that don’t have extra time to test.”

The success Earnest Performance clients had at Snowball Derby was a fitting end to a successful year.  From the start of the 2018 season, Earnest Performance drivers took the checkered flag at marquee Super Late Model events across the country.  It started with Kyle Busch winning the Winter Showdown in California and was followed-up by Harrison Burton winning The Rattler at South Alabama Speedway on the final lap.

“We’ve been working with Earnest Performance for a few years now, mainly we started working with him when Chris Wimmer became my crew chief,” said Burton.  “He believed in his product and it has proven to be successful not only for me over the past few years, but for many other drivers as well.”

Backed by Earnest Performance, Jeremy Doss won the Montana 200 en route to his first ever Spears SRL title.

“I was able to win the SRL championship as well as the Montana 200 and Vegas Senator’s Cup and Earnest Performance played a huge part,” said Doss.  “Not only do they make the best shocks on the market, the one-on-one help from Brannon Earnest himself is top notch.”

Preston Peltier went on to win the Summer Showdown, while Bubba Pollard claimed his first Oxford 250 victory and Stephen Nasse won the Mobile 300, all with Earnest Performance shock technology.

“It’s no secret I’ve been working with Brannon and Earnest Performance for a long time and there’s a reason why,” said Pollard.  “He’s on the cutting edge of shock technology and helps give us the extra edge over the competition. You won’t find a time where I will go to the track without Earnest Performance shocks.”

Earnest Performance drivers also accounted for more than eight series titles in 2018.  While Doss claimed the Spears SRL Tour title, Jack Dossey III won the CRA JEGS Tour championship.  

In addition to its Late Model prowess, Earnest Performance also played an integral role in the on-track success of some of the top Modified racers in the nation in 2018. Justin Bonsignore dominated the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Chuck Hossfeld won the RoC Modified championship, Woody Pitkat won the MRS Modified championship and Jeremy Gerstner earned the Southern Modified Racing Series title with Earnest Performance.

The success didn’t stop there, as Earnest Performance customers such as RoC Super Stocks champion Joe Mancuso also earned titles in 2018.

“It was definitely a successful year for Earnest Performance,” said Earnest.  “I’m blessed to work with some of the greatest drivers in the country and proud that I can be a part of helping them find success throughout the season.  I look forward to a strong 2019 season and more trips to Victory Lane.”