Quarter Master's Clutch Performance of the Week
Who Came Through in The Clutch This Time?
As Decided by the Staff of Speed51.com
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." At the end of the 2009 season, the driver or team that received the most votes throughout the season will then be the "Clutch Performer of the Year" and will be awarded a clutch kit from Quarter Master, valued at $3,500 - just like the 2008 Quarter Master Clutch Performer of the Year winner Eddie MacDonald.
This week's "Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week" goes to ...
Justin Lofton - #6 ESR Toyota
ARCA RE/MAX Series
It was crunch time for Justin Lofton in Sunday's ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Rockingham Speedway. Lofton had come from behind to take the point lead from Parker Kligerman late in the ARCA Series, but only held a small lead going into the Rockingham race.
Kligerman cruised to victory in the race, but Lofton needed to finish high to take the title. After fierce battles with Clay Rogers and Casey Roderick in the closing laps, Lofton held on to finish third - high enough to ensure him the championship honors.
Therefore, Justin Lofton has been voted as the Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week winner.
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Steve Carlson (ASA MW and ASA LM) - Steve
Carlson had two chances to shine at Lacrosse Speedway's Oktoberfest this past weekend. He also had two chances to choke from the pressure - but he didn't.
Carlson won the ASA Late Model feature at the track and then he clinched the championship in the ASA Midwest Tour season finale.
Tim McCreadie and his team (DIRT Mods) - Just a few weeks ago, the Four Star Racing team had two cars, and all of their equipment, stolen from a hotel parking lot in Canada. Professional thieves took the team hauler and gutted it before leaving it to be found in the woods.
The team didn't get down though, they rebuilt in record time and put Tim McCreadie into the seat of their 358 DIRT Modified. McCreadie helped the team show their ability to come through in the clutch by winning the Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series ‘Gypsum Wholesalers 17th Annual Leaf Racewear 100’ at Brewerton Speedway.
Eric Williams (ACT) - There aren't many racers out there in the entire country who do a better job with fewer resources than Eric Williams. The Vermont racing veteran turns wrenches on street cars during the day and then teams up with his son Tucker every night to work on their Late Model and Street Stock racecars. Earlier this year, Williams won on the ACT Late Model Tour and despite missing three races this season, he was solidly in the top ten of the ACT point standings. This weekend, he put an exclamation point on his season by winning the ACT season finale at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME).
Travis Sauter (ASA MW) - Here is what one of our voters wrote about Travis Sauter's clutch performance:
"He was sicker then a dog and even said today he couldn't have celebrated like he wanted too because of it. But he holds off the king of the short tracks and the new ASAMT champion (Steve Carlson) to win his first ASAMT race. And he did it at an event the where his grandfather, father and uncles have all tried to get the Sauter name in the Oktoberfest history books and it took the third generation to do that."
Coleman Pressley (LMSC) - There were some big guns firing in the Fall Brawl at Hickory Motor Speedway, but Coleman Pressley emerged from the two-segment Late Model Stock Car show as the big winner.
Tom Thomas (CRA) - Here is what one of our voters had to say about Tom Thomas' performance this week:
"Tom Thomas getting his first CRA victory at Berlin. He was driving a Tim Steele entry that earlier in the year at Berlin in the Rowdy Busch 125, the team was not very good ("embarrassing" the owner called it at the time). To come back later in the year with a different driver and get the victory...that was clutch!"
Casey Roderick (ARCA) - "Casey Roderick comes back from incurring a penalty and staring shotgun on the field to second in his first ARCA RE/MAX start after leading several laps," wrote one member of our panel.
Kirk Thibeau (SLM) - Kirk Thibeau is from so far north up in Maine that he is closer to the North Pole than many Canadians. In fact, it's snowing up in his part of the world this afternoon. But Thibeau came through in the clutch to get his off-season rolling along right by winning Sunday's weather-delayed ninth annual Maple Leaf Foods / Vance Hanes Auto Parts Atlantic Stock Car Championships at New Brunwick's Centre for Speed.
John Donahue (ACT and ACT-Type Late Models) - Last week, John Donahue won his first Speed51.com Clutch Performance of the Week award thanks to his Milk Bowl victory. This week, he didn't win a race or the Clutch award again, but he did come through pretty well in the clutch anyways. On Saturday, Donahue placed second in an open Late Model show at Riverside Speedway (NH). One day later, he recorded a third-place finish in the ACT Late Model season finale at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME).
Brett Hearn (DIRT) - Why? Because he's Brett Hearn and he just won yet another DIRT Modified Big-Block championship (that's seven if you are counting at home). Enough said.
Quarter Master salutes Justin Lofton on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Justin Lofton (ARCA)
2. Steve Carlson (ASA LM and ASA MW)
3. Tim McCreadie (DIRT)
4. Eric Williams (ACT)
5. Travis Sauter (ASA MW)
2009 Cumulative Winners
Donny Lia (Mods) 3x
Andy Seuss (Mods) 2x
Chris Wimmer (ASA MW) 2x
Justin Lofton (ARCA) 2x
John Donahue (ACT)
Mike Stefanik (Mods)
Mike Rowe (PASS North)
Brandon Ward (Pro Cup)
Paul Harraka (CW West)
Corey Wiilliams (PASS South)
Steve Park (CW East)
Eddie MacDonald (LM)
Derek Ramstrom (PASS North)
Parker Klligerman (ARCA)
Brian Campbell (CRA, ASA LM)
Earl Paules (Mods)
Bubba Pollard (Blizzard SLM)
Jamey Caudill (UARA)
Jay Fogelman (PASS South)
Ross Kenseth (Big 8)
Ted Christopher (Mods)
Eric Beers (Mods)
Aric Almirola (PASS South)
Earl Pearson, Jr. (WoO LM)
George Brunnhoelzl, III (Mods)
Matt Hirschman (Mods)
David Rogers (SLM)
Matt Kobyluck (CW East)
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