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 ...
#36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet
This week, our voters overwhelmingly selected Ted Christopher as having the Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
TC was dominating the Spring Sizzler NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) on Sunday. He qualified fastest, but started off the front row after the redraw.
No problem there. He still found his way to the front after just 10 laps.
What happened with 70 laps to go could have been a problem though...a big problem.
Christopher was coming around to restart the race as the leader when he felt a tire going down on his #36 Modified. He ducked into the pits and solved the problem, but was now in the extreme back of the pack. A few laps later, he slid through the backstretch grass after a Carl Pastreyak spin and lost the little bit of progress that had been made.
But TC knows Stafford and he wasn't about to give up. He picked off a car at a time and found his way into the top 10...then the top five...then, by lap 182, back into the lead.
Christopher really came through in the clutch and that made him the clear choice for the week's Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
This will mark the third time that Christopher has won the Quarter Master honors. He also recived two Clutch Performance weekly awards during his 2008 season.
Finishing second behind Christopher was Matt DiBendetto, who emerged from a wild final few laps of the NASCAR Camping World East Series race at Tri County Motor Speedway as the victor. It was DiBendetto's first victory in only his third series start.
Also receiving votes this week was Preston Peltier for winning the PASS South Orange Blossom 150 at Orange County Speedway (NC).
Quarter Master salutes Ted Christopher on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
2009 Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Ted Christopher (WMT)
2. Matt DiBendetto (CW East)
3. Preston Peltier (PASS South)
2009 Cumulative Winners
Ted Chriistopher (Mods)
Eric Beers (Mods)
Aric Almirola (PASS South)
Andy Seuss (Mods)
Earl Pearson, Jr. (WoO LM)
George Brunnhoelzl, III (Mods)
Matt Hirschman (Mods)
David Rogers (SLM)
Matt Kobyluck (CW East)
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