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 ...
Earl Pearson, Jr.
#44 Bobby Labonte Motorsports Dirt LM
This week's balloting for the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week was the closest in the one-year history of the award. Only three drivers recieved votes, but amazingly only a single vote seperated the three when all of the dust settled.
Winning by just a nose, and one vote, this week was Earl Pearson, Jr.
We don't normally cover Dirt Late Model racing here at Speed51.com, but Pearson really came through in the clutch in the Colossal 100 at the Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Perason beat up on a star-studded field of dirt entries and really came through in the clutch by holding over what was described as a "relentless" charge from the rear of the field by Darrell Lanigan.
So Pearson earned a $50,000 payday at Lowe's and becomes our first Dirt Late Model Clutch Performer of the Week in the process.
Finishing second of the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week balloting, in a dead heat, were John Bolen and Landon Cassill
Bolen came back from spins and minor incidents to record back-to-back podium finishes at Mobile and Five Flags in the opening ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour races of the regular season. Pearson topped a stocked field of World of Outlaw Late Model competitors when they hit the track at the Short Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Cassill took the checkered flag in the ASA Late Model South/SPLMS event at South Georgia Speedway. The 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, is a part of the Hendrick Motorsports organization, but he only has a very limited schedule of races ahead of him this year. But instead of just being put on the shelf, Cassill has come through in the clutch and has been keeping busy by heading back to the short tracks. He won during Florida Speedweeks at New Smyrna and now he's won in the ASA Late Model ranks this season as well.
Quarter Master salutes Earl Perason, Jr. on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
2009 Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Earl Pearson, Jr. (WoO LM)
2. (Tie) John Bolen (ASA SAT) Landon Cassill (ASA LM)
2009 Cumulative Winners
Earl Pearson, Jr. (WoO LM)
George Brunnhoelzl, III (Mods)
Matt Hirschman (Mods)
David Rogers (SLM)
Matt Kobyluck (CW East)
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