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 ...
Matt Hirschman
#59 J&J Motorsports Modified
ASA Modifieds

It's an all-too-common thing these days in the bad economy.  You give a job your all to get the best results possible and then you find yourself out of work without warning.  It happens in corporate America and it happens in short track racing.

It happened to Matt Hirschman, who finished second in the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings, as well.  Hirschman will not return to either of the two rides that he combined to run the full WMT schedule in 2008 and as the clock ticks forward towards the Tour opener at Thompson next month, he has no ride lined up for this season on the Tour.

But Hirschman isn't going to feel sorry for himself for finding himself in the clutch like that.  Instead, he loaded up the #59 Modified owned by J&J Motorsports and hit the winter shows of Florida Speedweeks (where he won a feature) and this weekend's ASA Modified Frost Bite Winternationals and the Josh Jenkins Memorial 125 at Orange County Speedway. 

That race is another place where Hirschman found himself in the clutch.  Late in the race, he was chasing down Ronnie SIlk and used determination to beat Silk and the #79 Modified team - one of the hottest combinations in the Mod world right now.

So our panel of experts voted Hirschman as the overwhelming choice for this week's Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.

Coming in second place after our votes were counted was Ted Christopher, who copped the feature victory in Saturday night's TQ Midget feature indoors at the Dunkin' Donuts Arena of Providence, Rhode Island. 

Proving that the Modified guys don't get all of the love, Rattler 250 winner Augie Grill took down third place in our voting. 

"Augie DQ'ed in the Pro Late Model race on Saturday, but came back the next day and won the Super Late Model race," wrote one of our panelists.  "Most guys would have packed up and left before Sunday."

The official winner of the Pro Late Model portion of The Rattler, Bubba Pollard, finished fourth in our voting.

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

2009 Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
March 6th-8th

1.  Matt Hirschman (Mods)
2.  Ted Christopher (TQ Midgets)
3.  Augie Grill  (SLM)
4.  Bubba Pollard (PLM)
5.  George Brunnhoelzl, III  (Mods)

2009 Cumulative Winners

Matt Hirschman (Mods)
David Rogers  (SLM)
Matt Kobyluck  (CW East)
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