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 ...
Paul Kelley - #23 Pro Late Model

Usually our Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award is earned on the racetrack.  This time though, preparation in the shop and a performance in the tech line notched the award.

After Sunday's World Crown 300 at Gresham Motorsports Park (GA), first-place finisher Jeff Choquette was found to have an unapproved transmission in his car.  Then second-place finished Max Gresham failed tech as well. 

The technical inspection team then went over Paul Kelley's car with a fine tooth comb.  Rumors even flew that it might be disqualified as well, but Kelley's car passed the rigorous inspection process and he was declared the winner of the race.

Preparation of the racecar made the difference.  The Kelley team knew the rules and prepared the car to run within those rules.  There wasn't a mistake of a wrong part or any of that with the car, so it ended up winning the race.

That performance allowed Paul Kelley and his Hedman Hustler Hedders team to be named as the winners of this week's  Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.

Here is one of the comments that our panelist put out there with their vote for Kelley:

"Paul Kelley and his fourth World Crown win. He was always strong at Peachstate Speedway and is now showing he's really got it by being there in the end at Gresham.  Although he wasn't the first to cross the line, he was awarded the win in the tech building and he'll be the one going down in the history books as the first ever Late Model winner at Gresham Motorsports Park."


Here are our honorable mentions for this week:

Matt McCall (UARA) - Things looked disastrous for Matt McCall when he dropped out of the UARA-Stars season finale at Concord Speedway (NC) early.  But when championship rival Jamey Caudill also dropped out, McCall snuck through in the clutch to win the championship after all.

"My vote goes to Matt McCall for soldiering through Concord UARA finale to earn championship," wrote one of one panelists."

Brady Boswell (Pro Challenge) - When all of the other title contenders around him were getting caught in trouble, Brady Boswell trucked on to victory in the Pro Challenge race at Concord Speedway (NC)  Taking advantage of a change in the point structure, Boswell was also able to move from tenth in the standings before the race to pass his competition and win the Pro Challenge National Championship.

Coleman Pressley (UARA) - Coleman Pressley has built up a name for himself as being the Late Model Stock Car guy to beat at Hickory Motor Speedway.  In this past weekend's UARA-Stars finale at Concord Speedway (NC), he showed that he could adapt well to that track to.  In a race where many drivers were battling for points or looking to make a point before the end of the season, Pressley came through in the clutch and beat them all to win.

Jeff Choquette (PLM) - Jeff Choquette scored a moral victory in the World Crown 300 on Sunday.  He was disqualified as the race winner after an unapproved transmission was found in his car, but Choquette managed to still beat a stocked field to the finish line on a brand-new racetrack anyhow.  He earned himself an honorable mention from our judges this time for that effort.


Quarter Master salutes Paul Kelley on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.

Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"

1.  Paul Kelley (PLM)
2.  Matt McCall (UARA)
3.  Brady Boswell (Pro Challenge)
4.  Coleman Pressley (UARA)
5.  Jeff Choquette (PLM)

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
Paul Kelley (PLM)
Jeff Fultz (SLM)
Clay Rogers (Pro Cup)
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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