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 ...
Justin Lofton - #6 Valvoline Toyota
It was clutch time for Justin Lofton and his Eddie Sharp Racing team as the ARCA RE/MAX Series headed to Berlin Raceway (MI) this past weekend. Parker Kligerman had won the last four series races and threatened to run away with the point lead.
So Lofton sat down with his team and came up with a different gameplan for the race, and the rest of their year. It worked as Lofton won at Berlin and captured the Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
Justin scored a healthy victory in this week's voting among our so-called expert panel. But he wasn't the only driver who came through in the clutch.
Here are a few of our honorable mentions this week:
Cassius Clark (PASS North) - Cassius Clark is used to winning in Super Late Models. He has been a force in PASS North, but has fallen on
hard times with plenty of hard luck lately. In 2008, he won the PASS National SLM championship without a single victory. This year, he's been wrecked and had parts break. He's seen engines got up in smoke and couldn'tshake his bad luck. Well, he finally got that monkey off his back on Saturday night when he won the PASS North SLM feature at Riverside Speedway (NH) - holding off all-time NASCAR Camping World East Series race winner and last year's Riverside PASS North victor Kelly Moore in the process. Having a mirror for of Moore and keeping him behind you is definitely a case of coming through in the clutch.
Ross Kenseth - (ASA LM) - Being the son of the NASCAR Cup champion is a blessing and a curse. It opens doors for you, but creates some pretty lofty expectations. Ross Kenseth doesn't mind that though. Over the weekend, the teen scored his first career ASA LM North win, and won a race at Slinger. He's already won a Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award this season too. All of that no doubt makes his father matt a proud papa.
Frank Ruocco (SK Mods) - Frank Ruocco won the 150-lap SK Modified feature at Stafford Motor Speedway this week over some fast company - guys that included Ted Christopher, Keith Rocco and Woody Pitkat.
Here is what one of our votes had to write about that:
"How about Frank Ruocco this week? His cars are always prepared immaculately and he beat some of the best at Stafford on Friday night in a big event, a 150-lap event for SK Modifieds... Could this be in place to replace the Tour?
Eric Williams (ACT) - After crew chiefing his son's Street Stock to two victories in two days, nobody would blame part-time ACT Late Model driver Eric WIlliams for getting more than a few hours of sleep and skipping plans to tow to Beech Ridge. After starting back in the 25th position, nobody would blame him for a so-so run either. But WIlliams delivered and challenged race winner Brian Hoar late in the race to finish second at the Ridge. Click here to read Williams' full story.
Jimmy Blewett (Mods) - After nearly destroying his Modified one week ago at Wall Stadium, Jimmy "Showtime" Blewett came back to his hometrack on Saturday night and stole the show - winning once again.
Quarter Master salutes Justin Lofton on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
2009 Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Justin Lofton (ARCA)
2., Cassius Clark (PASS North)
3. Ross Kenseth (ASA LM)
4. Frank Ruocco (SK Mods)
5. Eric WIlliams (ACT)
2009 Cumulative Winners
Justin Lofton (ARCA)
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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