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 ...
Eddie MacDonald - #17 NEMO Pontiac LM
Eddie MacDonald was named as the 2008 winner of the Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Year. He hasn't slowed down much either as this week, the racer from Massachusetts has been named as having the Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
What did MacDonald do this time? He just won a little race called the TD Banknorth Oxford 250. maybe you've heard of it.
MacDonald has previously won in ACT Late Models and in the NASCAR Camping World East Series, but taking down the victory in one of America's biggest short track races gave him an overwhelming lead of our voting this week.
Here were a few of our voter comments:
"Eddie Mac for me!"
"In only his third Oxford 250 he pulls off a win, gets an invitational to the ACT 150 at NHMS and
pockets $35,200. Not bad for a day at the track. MacDonald was quick on the track and smart in the pits. He had the field covered.
"Because I picked him (ask Stat Boy). Actually I picked him last year too. And I'll pick him for the ACT race at Loudon."
Here are a few of our honorable mentions this week:
Parker Kligerman (ARCA) - For the 57th race in a row, well actually only the fourth race...but it seems like more, Kligerman won in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition. This time though, it didn't come easy after a battle with Grant Enfinger.
"He got bailed out on the final two corners when Enfinger drove in two deep,, but he had to hound him lap after lap," wrote our of our voters."
Jim Inglebright (CW West) - Inglebright spun on the road course at Portland and lined up third with two laps to go, but he came through in the clutch to win his second NASCAR Camping World East Series race anyways.
Joey Pole (LM) - OK, Joey Pole didn't live up to the hype by winning this year's Oxford 250, but he did something that was arguably a lot more difficult by finishing 15th. Pole got sideways in the race and was headed directly to the turn four wall. Even the Oxford announcer claimed that he hit it, but Pole somehow managed to come through in the clutch and keep his car mostly straight. He lost a lap, but didn't wreck a car. Now that is grace under fire!
Grant Enfinger (ARCA) - Grant Enfinger almost slew a dragon when he came oh so close to beating Parker Kligerman in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Kentucky Speedway. He's still a newcomer to the series and Kligerman has won five of the last six races.
Joey Doiron (LM and PASS) - Joey Doiron didn't make the starting field of the TD Banknorth Oxford 250. He was one of nearly 30 drivers who didn't make the cut. But the fact that Doiron was even at the track and putting forth an effort speaks volumes about his team. Doiron and his parents are basically the only ones who work on his racecars. So when he backed his Super Late Model into the wall hard at Lee USA Speedway on Tuesday night, nobody was surprised to hear that Doiron might be done racing for the year. After all, his Late Model sat back at the team's garage with a blown engine.
But a racer is a racer. So on Wednesday, Doiron started putting a new powerplant in his Late Model and prepped it for the Oxford 250. They finished at Midnight on Friday and slept a bit before heading to Oxford to practice. But then, they blew that engine as well. Oxford rules allow for a built engine in a Late Model though, so Doiron headed back home to get the one out of his SLM car. The team changed that and got about two hours of sleep before heading back to Oxford to try and make the show. Doiron fell short in that task, but he and his team still get an A+ for effort.
Quarter Master salutes Eddie MacDonald on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
2009 Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Eddie MacDonald (LM)
2. Parker Kligerman (ARCA)
3. Jim Inglebright (CW West)
4. Joey Pole (LM)
5. Grant Enfinger (ARCA)
2009 Cumulative Winners
Eddie MacDonald (LM)
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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