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 ...
Bubba Pollard - #26 Pollard Motorsports SLM
Bubba Pollard has won just about everything that there is to win in the Deep South fendered car ranks this season. Now he has also won the Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Pollard came through in the clutch when he beat a talented crop of racers on Friday night to win the second round of the 2009 Blizzard Super Late Model Series at Five Flags Speedway (FL). The pressure was on Pollard in the closing laps, but he scored the victory in a photo finish over two-time Snowball Derby winner Augie Grill.
Making the weekend even more impressive was the fact that Pollard finished a strong second to Grill one night later in the Miller Lite Super Late Model Series race at Mobile International Speedway (AL).
Also receiving votes this week for the Quarter Master honors were:
Ron Yuhas, Jr. bested a top flight field of SK
Modified competitors and survived all of the cautions and carnage that takes place when you put several SK Modifieds in the same place at the same time to win the 13th Annual Budweiser SK Modified Nationals at Waterford Speedbowl (CT). Yuhas is a former regular on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour who showed great potential there, but had to park his team due to lack of sponsorship.
Steve Carlson took on the best that the ASA Midwest Tour has to offer and won the Saturday night race at Dells Raceway Park (WI). It was Carlson's second straight victory on the ultra-competative tour and he had to beat an entry list of 41 cars to win.
Brandon McReynolds overcame an early string of blown engines and bad luck to break through and win the UARA-Stars race at Dillon Motor Speedway (SC).
Jean-François Déry showed the crowd on hand at Autodrome Montmangy that he has the skills and patience to win big. For 60 of the 100 laps Déry, who started 9th out of 30 cars, battled 2005 ACT Castrol Champion Sylvain Lacombe, 2007 ACT Castrol and 2008 ACT Champion Patrick Laperle and finally duked it out for the last 30 laps with the 2006 ACT Castrol Champion Donald Theetge. With the later on more than one occasion paint was swapped, fenders were knocked in and doors had the all familiar donuts showing the scars of a good on track battle. The four year veteran of Late Model racing was often criticized in his first year for being too aggressive and dumping more than one opponent out of his way. This last Saturday he showed the
signs of a seasoned veteran: patience, skills and just enough aggressiveness mixed with the will to win.
Brian Back went where no other Mid-American Stock Car Series competitor dared on Saturday night, the high groove at Dells Raceway Park. With 20 laps remaining in the Dells Duel Part One, Back jumped out of the freight train on the inside lane and took his machine into the high line where he stormed past the competition and into victory lane.
Quarter Master salutes Bubba Pollard on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
2009 Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Bubba Pollard (Blizzard SLM)
2. Ron Yuhas (SK Mods)
3. Steve Carlson (ASA MW)
4. Brandon McReynolds (UARA)
2009 Cumulative Winners
Bubba Pollard (Blizzard SLM)
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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