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 ...
#11 TM Ranch
Super Late Models
There were many heroes of Florida Speedweeks, and several great choices for this special edition of the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
Our winner is Florida Super Late Model veteran David Rogers, who made up ground throughout the week of the 43rd Annual World Series of Short Track racing at New Smyrna Speedway and tied the SLM point standings entering the final feature of the series.
Rogers stayed cool despite all the pressure that he should have been feeling and he came through in the clutch by winning the Pete Orr Memorial 100 and even making it look easy. That victory locked down the championship for Rogers.
Coming in second was a three-time New Smyrna feature winner in the Crate Late Model division - Patrick Laperle
Laperle was one of the biggest surprises of
Speedweeks. The Quebec driver put the Maple Leaf on the map in Florida scoring three wins. He was in control of the championship chase until being knocked out after an incident bteween himself and 13-year old driver Stephen Naase during night-seven. Despite his car being on jackstands on the final night of Crate Late Model racing with near terminal damage, the crew wrapped the transmission up with rags, duct tape and zip-ties to get him on the track during the last night of racing. Yes, he only started the race and pulled it in, but it was enough to hold on to second place in the points. Now that is clutch.
Also recieving votes were Ronnie Silk, who showed up for only three nights of Speedweeks but recorded three top three finishes in the Tour-type Modifieds; Ted Christopher, who along with Silk put on what will long be remembered as one of the epic pavement Modified races in memory at New Smyrna's Richie Evans Memorial 100 and Matt Hirschman, whoses Modified team rebuilt their #59 after a wreck and won the feature on the following night.
Quarter Master salutes David Rogers on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
2009 Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. David Rogers (SLM)
2. Patrick Laperle (LM)
3. Ted Christopher (Mods)
4. Ronnie Silk (Mods)
5. Matt Hirschman (Mods)
2009 Cumulative Winners
David Rogers (SLM)
Matt Kobyluck (CW East)
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