Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week
Who Performed the Best In the Clutch This Week?
Matt Kobyluck
#40 Mohegan Sun Chevrolet
NASCAR Camping World East Series

The off-season was put on hold this weekend as short track racing roared to life again on both coasts with the running of the NASCAR All-Star Showdown in Irwindale, California and SpeedFest 2009 at Lanier National Speedway (GA).

We found this week's Quarter Master Clutch Performance out at Irwindale, where 2008 NASCAR Camping World East Series champion Matt Kobyluck wrecked his primary car during the opening practice session.  With practice cut short due to rain, it looked like he might be out of the running for a second Showdown victory.  But Kobyluck and his Mohegan Sun team got to work and put forward a strong car for the race.  That was the first time that they came through in the clutch.  The second was when Kobyluck watched leaders Peyton Sellers and Joey Logano play bumper tag.  Kobyluck stayed out of the mess and was awarded the victory after Sellers ended up int he wall and Logano ended up in the NASCAR penalty box.

Kobyluck had some close competition for this week's award though.

Back on the East Coast at Lanier, Johanna Long had plenty of pressure on her during the running of SpeedFest 2009, but she came through in the clutch and finished second in our voting.  As Long watched Cup star Kyle Busch and short track veteran Jason Hogan battling in her windshield, she also had a gaggle of hotshoes including 2008 CRA Super Series champion Scott Hantz and BDI racing's Michael Pope, in her mirror.  Still, the teenaged Pro Late Model champion from Five Flags Speedway kept cool and hung on for a podium finish when many doubters expcted her to fall back in the final segement of the race.

SpeedFest Pro Late Model winner Greg Simpson rounded out the podium when it came to our voting.

Quarter Master salutes Matt Kobyluck on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
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 ...

2009 Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
Week of January 23rd-25th

1. Matt Kobyluck  (CW East)
2. Johanna Long  (SLM)
3. Greg Simpson (PLM)

2009 Cumulative Winners
Matt Kobyluck (CW East)
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