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 ...
Carey Martin - PASS Sportsman Series
Anytime that you enter the final race of a season tied for the points lead, there's a great deal of pressure involved. Finishing just an inch behind the other guy just won't do. You have to out-finish your rival or give up your championship hopes.
Mike Landry and Carey Martin headed into the PASS Sportsman season finale at Riverside Speedway (NH) with the same number of points. They battled for the victory in the event too. But Martin came out on top as Landry had to settle for second place in both the feature and in the 2009 point standings.
Excelling under that kind of pressure is what earned Carey Martin the hearts of our voters and led to him being named as the winner of this week's Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Ben Rowe (PASS SLM) - Ben Rowe came through in the clutch a few times during the Mason-Dixon Meltdown. He had the pressure of being the point leader in the PASS National Super Late Model series in its final event of the season on his shoulders. He had a field of highly talented drivers to beat at South Boston. He had the PASS South point lead to maintain with one race to go and late in the event, he had his father, Maine racing legend Mike Rowe, on his tail trying to pass him for the victory.
Ben Rowe overcame all of that pressure though and came through in the clutch to win the Mason-Dixon Meltdown for the second time in his career.
Coleman Pressley (UARA) - Last week, Coleman Pressley won the Fall Brawl Late Model Stock Car race at his home track of Hickory Motor Speedway (NC). This week, the stars of UARA came to the track and looked to take home the big trophy. Pressley didn't let the pressure of invading forces get to him though. He just won the UARA-Stars feature against those tourers anyways. That earned him notice of our panel.
Kyle Busch (CRA) - OK. We know that Kyle Busch places plenty of pressure in his "day job" of driving, and winning, in each of the "Big Three" NASCAR Series. Short track racing is a hobby for him, but hobbies can still be stressful at times. This weekend, Busch flew to Winchester, Indiana and captured the victory in the prestigious Winchester 400. Making 400 laps around the tricky track is plenty nerve-racking, so to do it and win is coming through in the clutch.
Honestly, our panel probably would have voted Kyle Busch even higher if he wasn't Kyle Busch, but having a big name doesn't always help matters.
"Kyle Busch... I can't help it. 400 trips around Winchester deserves my vote," wrote one of our voters.
Stephen Bergh, Jr. (Pro Challenge) - Stephen Bergh, Jr. came back from an early spin to take the lead with two laps to go in Sunday's Pro Challenge feature at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC).
Quarter Master salutes Carey Martin on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Carey Martin (PASS Sportsman)
2. Ben Rowe (PASS SLM)
3. Coleman Pressley (UARA)
4. Kyle Busch (CRA)
5. Stephen Bergh, Jr. (Pro Challenge)
2009 Cumulative Winners
Donny Lia (Mods) 3x
Andy Seuss (Mods) 2x
Chris Wimmer (ASA MW) 2x
Justin Lofton (ARCA) 2x
Carey Martin (PASS Sportsman)
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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