Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Year
Who Performed the Best In All of the 2008 Racing Season?
1. Eddie MacDonald
NASCAR Camping World East Series - #71 Grimm Racing Chevrolet
ACT Late Model Tour - #17 Pontiac
A true racer wants to compete whenever he or she can. Two races in a weekend? Now that is cool. Two races in a day? That is a little tougher, but sometimes do-able.
Well....Eddie MacDonald didn't just manage to race in two events on one afternoon in September - he excelled in both of those. One Saturday afternoon ended with MacDonald winning one big race and another championship. Making the feat even more amazing is the fact that both events took place at tracks in different states!
First, Eddie MacDonald buckled into his NASCAR Camping World East Series car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway around 10am and battled none other than Steve Park on the last lap to win sweep both races at the track this season. Eddie Mac also wrapped up the NHMS track championship with his victory.
So that performance would have been enough to probably lock down the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week for MacDonald. But what he and his team did next was really an example of coming through in the clutch...and it was also good enough to earn the Quarter Master Performance of the Year.
While in the tech area after the NHMS race, MacDonald looked impatient. We soon
found out why. It turned out that his ACT Late Model was sitting on a trailer three hours
Performing in the clutch is what seperates a winning driver from the rest of the pack. Flexing muscle at the right time is something that true talents posess. Often luck plays a big role in winning versus losing, but being able to squeeze just enough strength out at the perfect opportunity is what separates winners from losers. Performing in the clutch doesn't necessarily mean winning, however; it's all about making the most from what you've got.
That's why Quarter Master, providers of winning clutches & driveline components to racers from Super Speedway to the Bullring, from IRL to Rally, from NASCAR to the "Weekend Warrior," is proud to honor a weekly "Clutch Performance of the Week" from the short track ranks of America. Each week, an esteemed panel of short track industry insiders will vote on which drivers came through in the clutch. The driver or team with the most votes will then be the "Clutch Performance of the Week."
And now, it's time for something even bigger.
Looking back at the 2008 season, our experts have voted on which Clutch Performance of the Week was bigger and better than every other one. The votes were cast and the race was close. The winner of the "Clutch Performer of the Year" and will be awarded a clutch kit from Quarter Master, valued at $3,500.
Without further ado, the "Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Year" for the 2008 season goes to ...
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away in the pit area at Oxford Plains Speedway. With heat races starting in mid-afternoon, MacDonald couldn't wait to get over there and run that car on the same day. Eventually, he and crew chief Rollie LaChance made that drive - and Eddie Mac scored a top 10 finish that was good enough to earn him the 2008 Oxford Late Model Challenge Series championship.
Two championships and one race victory in the same afternoon - not bad at all.
2. Burt Myers (Mods) - After being disqualified from an apparant victory in the fall NASCAR Whelen Modified/Southern Modified Tour combination race at Martinsville Speedway (VA) in the fall, Burt Myers had something to prove. He told the world that he didn't need to cheat to win against the best Mod pilots out there and he delivered on that promise when the North-South Shootout took place in October at Concord Motorsports Park (NC). Myers put plenty of pressure on himself to perform and won that race - coming through in the clutch.
3. Ted Christopher (Mods) - Ted Christopher was the only two-time weekly winner of the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week in 2008. It was pretty common of the racing veteran to come through when it counted most. He came out on top of a tight title fight on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, he won his 100th career feature at Stafford Motor Speedway...and a few more features after that and even got a grandstand named after him at the Stafford track.
4. Justin Allgaier (ARCA) - It looked like Justin Allgaier would come close to the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series championship, but not quite close enough. But when title fighters Scott Speed and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. tangled in the series finale, Allgaier dropped the hammer, won the race and came through in the clutch to earn enough points to be named the 2008 ARCA champ.
5. Tony Hirschman (Mods) - Retirement didn't suit Tony Hirschman very well....so he hopped back into a Modified back in September for the first time in close to an entire year. Hirschman didn't just pick a local track feature to enter either. He entered the Race of Champions at Oswego Speedway (NY). True to the script, Hirschman came through in the clutch and won the race.