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 ...
Parker Kligerman - #77 Dodge (ARCA)
There were plenty of worthy candidates for this week's Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award. But only one of them could get the nod from our panel.
And that ended up being Parker Kligerman for coming through in the clutch not just in this past weekend's ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Mansfield Motorsports Park (OH), but actually the coming through in the clutch in all of his ARCA events as of late.
Kligerman was only signed up to run the first eight races of the year. He flirted with the point lead early on and won race number six at Toledo.
He also won race number eight at Michigan Speedway, which earned him at least a few more events in the #77 Dodge. Race number nine came Saturday at Mansfield and Kligerman won there as well.
Just getting to the track that weekend needed some clutch moves as Kligerman graduated from high school earlier in the weekend.
On the track, Kligerman bested a hungry field of ARCA drivers. It was just another way that the teen performed well under pressure.
Will Kligerman keep racing the ARCA schedule now that he leads the points and has won three of the last four races? That remains to be seen. As one of our votes stated, "The pressure is on since that hood is still blank."
So our panel recognized all of that and voted Kligerman as this week's choice for Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
Also receiving votes this week were:
Brian Campbell, who kept his hot streak going by winning the ASA Late Model North Series event at Berlin Raceway. It was Campbell's third different win in three different divisions of touring racing in a two-week span.
Jamie Carter sure had a strange path to victory lane in the Modified feature at Volusia Speedway Park on Saturday night and that earned him a few votes. Carter was involved in an early wreck where Buzzie Reutimann actually ended up flipping on top of Carter's car. After a red flag, Carter refired his Modified and worked back through the pack to score the victory after the first-place finisher was DQ'ed for a spoiler violation.
Did we mention that Carter was serving as a substitute driver of Jason Davis's #145 Modified after that driver had knee surgery during the week? Now that is clutch.
Hershel McGriff earn a vote for just attempting to qualify for the NASCAR Camping World West Series race at Infienon Raceway at the age of 81. One of our voters wrote, "I hope I'm in that good of shape and ready to do something like that at the age of 81. Then he did a great interview Sunday night on Wind Tunnel with Mike Joy... who sat in for Despain."
Quarter Master salutes Brian Campbell on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
2009 Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Parker Kligerman (ARCA)
2. Brian Campbell (CRA & ASA LM)
3. Jamie Carter (Dirt Mods)
4. Hershall McGriff (CW West)
2009 Cumulative Winners
Parker Klligerman (ARCA)
Brian Campbell (CRA, ASA LM)
Earl Paules (Mods)
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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