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 ...
Jamey Caudill - #50 SPC Chevrolet
There was no shortage of great racing this Memorial Day weekend - and no shortage of worthy candidates for this week's Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
But edging everyone out this time around is UARA-Stars driver Jamey Caudill - and for good reason.
Caudill ran fifth for most of the UARA-Stars event at Tri County Motor Speedway (NC), while the young kids flew off into the wild blue yonder. He saved his tires and came through when it counted - in a three-wide battle for the win.
Knowing when to ride and when to race is a sure way to come through in the clutch and for that, we salute Caudill.
Finishing right behind Caudill in this week's voting is Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) Late Model winner Travis Adams. While Adams has won some big races and titles before, including an
ACT Late Model feature event, nothing was as emotional for him as this week's first points race at OPS. Adams beat a field of talented drivers - including Tim Brackett and Shawn Knight (who recently finished in the top five of the Oxford ACT race) and Ricky Rofle (who has won just about everything Oxford except the 250...yet). But the remarkable fact was that Adams did it in a clutch without the help of his father Don, who passed away unexpectedly this off-season. Don Adams was the personality and leader of the team and its crew chief and is sorely missed. Still, his son came through and won in his memory on Saturday night.
Jimmy Blewett rounded out the Quarter Master podium for beating the seemingly unbeatable Ted Christopher in his own house - Stafford Motor Speedway - on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Blewett didn't just beat TC either. He led every single lap of the Friday night event.
Cody Bodwell also received votes for coming through big-time in a clutch situation. The young Late Modeler thought quick and acted even quicker as he steers his Late Model through the pits without hitting anyone after a break failure at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH). Click here for full story.
Also receiving a pair of votes this week was PASS official Bruce McMahon, who narrowly avoided being hit by Kelly Moore's flying racecar during the PASS North event at White Mountain. After the resulting red flag, McMahon just went back to work and continued his duties as the pit road flagger for the race. The ever-smiling McMahon came through in the clutch there by having the courage to keep doing his job under some tough conditions.
Quarter Master salutes Jamey Caudill on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
2009 Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Jamey Caudill (UARA)
2. Travis Adams (LM)
3. Jimmy Blewett (Mods)
4. Cody Bodwell (LM)
5. Bruce McMahon (PASS)
2009 Cumulative Winners
Jamey Caudill (UARA)
Chris Wimmer (ASA MW)
Jay Fogelman (PASS South)
Ross Kenseth (Big 8)
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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