As the short track racing season gets ready to shift into gear for 2009, one of the most popular regular features at the short track racing website Speed51.com has been renewed. The Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week will return for the 2009 season once racing gets back underway on a regular basis.
The award, which recognizes a short tracker who performs the best under an exceptional amount of pressure, is presented on Tuesday evenings at the Speed51.com website throughout the racing season. It has been something eagerly awaited by competitors, fans and even the staff at Quarter Master.
“Our sales and engineering staff checks Speed51.com all of the time to see who the winners of the weekend were,” said Quarter Master General Manager Jeff Neal. “They check it often during the week as well to check up on all the short track news. Speed51.com is an asset to short track racing in the United States. The audience that they attract is the hardcore short track racer - our customer. This sport needs more people like Bob Dillner and the Speed51.com group.”
The Quarter Master Clutch Performance is a great marriage when it comes to promoting short track racing and the Quarter Master brand.
“The Clutch Performance of the Week is the perfect fit for Quarter Master. Clutches, driveshafts and starters all operate under extreme conditions in racing - high pressure, high temperature, and high tension. They are forced to perform under these conditions. For a driver or team to overcome these conditions and demonstrate this kind of performance under pressure is certainly deserving the name Clutch Performance of the Week.”
The Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week is determined by the vote of an esteemed panel of short track industry insiders who 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." At the end of the 2009 season, one driver or team will be selected as the "Clutch Performer of the Year" and will be awarded a clutch kit from Quarter Master, valued at $3,500 - just like the one awarded to the 2008 Quarter Master Clutch Performer of the Year winner Eddie MacDonald.
MacDonald's Clutch Performance of the 2008 season came during one Saturday afternoon in September. That was when the young Massachusetts driver won the NASCAR Camping World East Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, beating some of the large developmental teams such as Dale Earnhardt, Inc., Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing in the process. MacDonald got to briefly enjoy the trappings of winning that event and clinching the CW East division track championship at New Hampshire before hopping into a car and driving to Maine, where he competed in the ACT late Model event at Oxford Plains Speedway. Without any practice that night at Oxford, MacDonald finished consistently enough to clinch that track's Late Model Challenge championship.
“That day was a lot of fun - winning the second Loudon race and the championship too,” MacDonald recalls. “It would have been nice to go and win at Oxford, but that was a little tough. That car had never come out of the trailer since the [TD Banknorth Oxford] 250. I just wanted to get into that race because I needed to get in through the last chance race. So it was good to get in.”
MacDonald was honored to be named the 2008 Quarter Master Clutch Performer of the Year.
“I've really got to thank Quarter Master for doing that. There were a lot of big names in the running, so it was good to be in that kind of company.”
Now that the Quarter Master Clutch Performance award is back on Speed51.com, MacDonald is looking forward to trying to win more weekly awards.
“We're going to do the same exact thing this year, hopefully only better. We're going to try and race as much as we can.”
51 Sports is the parent company of two of the largest short track racing news websites, Speed51.com and LegendsNation.com. Since 2001, Speed51.com has been the home for short track news and behind-the-scenes stories from series all around the country, from ARCA and NASCAR's Touring Divisions, to the Super Late Model and Modified series from all across the country and much more. Speed51.com also received a graphical overhaul in February 2009, as the site enters its ninth season of covering the short tracks from coast-to-coast and Canada. Launched in 2006, LegendsNation.com is the only authority on Legends Car and Bandolero racing news, rumors and more.
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