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 ...
Jay Fogelman - PASS South SLMs
Before Jay Fogelman even got through the pit gates at Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC), he day turned bad. Fogelman got extremely sick and headed to a local hospital with flu-like symptoms. His team enlisted Toby Porter to get into their Super Late Model as a fill-in.
But Fogelman didn't want to give up his seat, so he hopped into the car anyways. He didn't just ride around either in the Howler 125 PASS South race. He finished a strong second to race winner Johnny Clark - coming through under pressure and under the weather.
That performance was good enough for Jay Fogelman to be named as the winner of this week's Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"He was as sick as a pig and he still brought home the bacon," wrote one of our voters.
With these honors, Fogelman becomes a two-time winner in 2009 of the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Ted Christopher (WMT) - Ted Christopher had pressure on him to make a statement in Sunday's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour finale at Thompson International Speedway (CT). He really didn't have much of a chance to win the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship, but he did want to go out on top and win the final race of the year and that is exactly what he did at Thompson on Sunday.
Here is what one of our voters wrote about TC's performance...
"After a disappointing performance at the Stafford Fall Final he came back to win the World Series at Thompson Speedway. Did not take home the Championship but showed he and the team will still be reckoned with."
Johanna Long (SLM) - By winning Saturday's Miller Lite Super Late Model Series event at Mobile International Speedway (AL), Johanna Long also came from behind to win the Gulf Coast Super Late Model championship. That was coming through in the clutch and it impressed our voters as well.
George Brunnhoelzl, III (WSMT) - OK, Brunnhoelzl might not have had a lot of pressure on him entering the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season finale at Caraway Speedway (NC) on Saturday night. All that he needed to do to clinch the championship was to start the race. But Brunnhoelzl put pressure on himself to do more than merely start the race. He wanted to celebrate the championship in style and be the only man standing in victory lane at the end of the night. he did just that too - dominating the race and winning both the event and the title.
David Triplett, Jr. (LM) - David Triplett Jr. won the Orange County Speedway Late Model championship after entering Saturday's season finale tied with Stacy Puryear atop the points. It was also a nice rebound for Triplett, since he was in a lap five crash the previous week at South Boston after starting on the pole.
Jim Dupont (Photos) - You know Jim Dupont for his photos on Speed51.com, but this weekend showed just how devoted to Modifieds this shutterbug is. After the World Series NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Thompson Speedway (CT) was postponed by rain by a week, that set up a conflict with the True Value Modified Racing Series season finale at Lee USA Speedway (NH). Dupont didn't want to choose between the races - so he watched the feature at Lee, shot photos and then zoomed through three states to hit Thompson midway through the Mod Tour feature. Dupont shot photos of two Modified champions in one afternoon. To do that, he really came through in the clutch.
Quarter Master salutes Jay Fogelman on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Jay Fogelman (PASS South)
2. Ted Christopher (WMT)
3. Johanna Long (SLM)
4. George Brunnhoelzl, III (WSMT)
5. David Triplett, Jr. (LM)
2009 Cumulative Winners
Donny Lia (Mods) 3x
Andy Seuss (Mods) 2x
Chris Wimmer (ASA MW) 2x
Justin Lofton (ARCA) 2x
Jay Fogelman (PASS South) 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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