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 ...
Derek Ramstrom - #35 PASS North SLM
One year ago, Derek Ramstrom was on track to win his first career PASS North race at Thompson International Speedway (CT). He started deep in the field and worked his way towards the front, but found himself bouncing off the walls instead of headed to victory lane as a result of some late race contact from another competitor.
Later in the summer, Ramstrom would become a winner in PASS, but it wasn't in front of his hometown crowd and the young racer still had some unfinished business at Thompson - where he wins regularly in the weekly Super Late Model ranks in his free time from traveling with PASS North.
So when the PASS North teams went back to Thompson for this year's race, the pressure was definitely on Ramstrom. He had revenge to execute and a gaggle of home track fans that he didn't want to disappoint.
Ramstrom delivered by leading every lap of the
PASS North feature on Saturday night and winning the race. For that, he has been voted as putting forth our Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
Here are a few of our honorable mentions this week:
Ryan Truex (CW East) - In the last NASCAR Camping World East Series race, Ryan Truex lost on the last lap at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This time out, the rookie battled racing veteran Steve Park and captured the victory at Thompson International Speedway. He came just one vote shy of winning this week's Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award as a result.
Ken St. Germaine (Renegades) - Ken St. Germaine is a Renegade division driver at Airborne Speedway (NY) and last week he suffered a devastating loss. St. Germaine's home caught on fire and a family member died as a result. St. Germaine raced on this weekend anyhow after the area racing community stepped in to lend him a hand. A few people bought him a new transponder for his car after his was lost in the blaze. A collection was taken up at the track for the family. St. Germaine did his job when he buckled into a racecar too. He finished third in his feature after a loss that most of us couldn't even comprehend. That is true grace under pressure in our minds and we salute him for his efforts and the entire racing community of Airborne Speedway for stepping up and doing the right thing.
Steve Park (CW East) - Steve Park won the pole and led 78 of 100 laps in the Camping World Series race from Thompson. He is one of the most accomplished drivers and nicest guys in short track racing these days and he came so close to scoring a popular victory.
Danny Lasoski (WoO Sprints) - Danny Lasoski has won at countless tracks from coast-to-coast with the World of Outlaws in his career, but one track missing from that list was Charter Raceway Park in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. That all changed on Saturday night, as the 2001 World of Outlaws champion took the $10,000 victory at the high-banked 1/3-mile over Joey Saldana with a very large crowd in attendance.
Matt McCall (UARA) - He's been winning big in the UARA-Stars Series lately and on Saturday night, Matt McCall headed to Hickory Motor Speedway and won the Dwight Huffman Memorial race.
Quarter Master salutes Derek Ramstrom on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
2009 Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Derek Ramstrom (PASS North)
2. Ryan Truex (CW East)
3. Ken St. Germaine (Renegades)
4. Danny Lasoski (WoO Sprints)
5. Steve Park (CW East)
2009 Cumulative Winners
Derek Ramstrom (PASS North)
Donny Lia (Mods)
Parker Klligerman (ARCA)
Brian Campbell (CRA, ASA LM)
Earl Paules (Mods)
Bubba Pollard (Blizzard SLM)
Jamey Caudill (UARA)
Chris Wimmer (ASA MW) 2x
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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