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 ...
#47 Advance Auto Parts Modified
Andy Seuss and Ted Christopher have hads a few fierce battles on the racetrack. This week, they also fought it out for the top spot in balloting for the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week. For the second straight week, only one vote decided who would end up on top of the pack.
This time, it was Andy Seuss who earned the honors. Seuss and his Riggs Racing team were in a bit of a clutch after having a rocker arm fail just a few laps into the NASCAR Southern Modified Tour opening race at Concord. Then they had two rainouts before returning to the track this week at South Boston. Add to it that they struggled at the track last season and the pressure was on.
After qualifying fourth, but lining up eighth after the redraw, Seuss moved throught he pack and sweated out another few clutch moments on late race restarts to take the victory - his third on the Southern Mod Tour.
Ted Christopher really wasn't too much of a clutch position this week. He set fast time and dominated the Icebreaker NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener at Thompson International Speedway. But his performance was so strong that he still racked up plenty of votes in our balloting.
Bubba Pollard, who won the first ever regular season CRA South event this past weekend at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA) and Patrick Sheltra, who came back from Daytona injuires to win his first ARCA race at Salem Speedway (IN) followed the Modified duo in voting.
The Modified Tour team of Bobby Grigas, III who fought handling problems all weekend and started deep in the field but finished 10th in the Icebreaker - partially due to a killer pit stop - also gathered a vote from our panel this week.
Quarter Master salutes Andy Seuss on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
2009 Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Andy Seuss (WSMT)
2. Ted Christopher (WMT)
3. Bubba Pollard (CRA South)
4. Patrick Sheltra (ARCA)
5. #09 Team of Bobby Grigas, III (WMT)
2009 Cumulative Winners
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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