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 ...
Chris Wimmer - #52 Super Late Model

It took until the summer, but we now have our first repeat winner of the Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award for the 2009 season.  Chris Wimmer's clutch performance in the All-Star Challenge last week at Madison International Speedway (WI) locked down his second such award this year.

Wimmer played with the big boys and came out on top at Madison.  Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart both entered the race, with Kenseth having a little bit of knowledge about the place already....

"[I'm voting for Chris Wimmer] for passing Kenseth at his sorta-home track for the win. (OK, Kenseth's real home track is Jefferson.)," wrote one of our voters.

Wimmer took the lead from Kenseth late in the race and trucked on to the victory

Plus, there were more than a couple of short track stars to beat for the victory including
Andrew Morrissey, Nathan Haseleu and Tim Schendel.  Former NASCAR Truck Series regular Todd Kluever also competed in the All-Star Challenge.

With that kind of competition, winning the big race is definitely a case of coming through in the clutch.

Here are a few of our honorable mentions this week:

Justin Wakefield (PASS South) - Prior to the start of the season, Justin Wakefield was a favorite for the PASS South championship.  But the wheels came off his wagon and everything from engine trouble to just pure bad luck have taken its toll on his season.  Wakefield and his #98 Ford team haven't given up though.  They just kept their heads down and kept working.  That hard work was rewarded on Sunday when Wakefield went to victory lane in the Independence 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway.

Wakefield finished very close to Wimmer in this week's balloting, but this time he'll have to be content with a runner-up finish in the race for the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week

Ben Rowe (PASS South) - Last Monday, Ben Rowe was informed by his car owner that his PASS North team wasn't going to attend a weekend doubleheader of PASS South races.  Since Rowe is the PASS South point leader, that was a bit of a problem.  So Rowe, with the help of his father and racing legend Mike Rowe along with longtime family pal Mike Lux, Ben Rowe rolled out a racecar that hadn't even seen a track in several years.  They prepped it and shipped it down south with little time to spare.  The car was in three colors when it headed to the track because there just wasn't time to paint it.

Rowe didn't just start and park the car either - he finished fourth in Friday night's race at Greenville-Pickens and then fourth again in Sunday's event at Hickory.  Not only did Rowe maintain his point lead over the weekend, he added to it.  Now that is coming through in the clutch!

Matt McCall (UARA-Stars) - Early season bad luck be damned, Matt McCall and his team won for the third time this season in UARA-Stars competition on Saturday night at Lonesome Pine Speedway (VA).  McCall showed some muscle too - by leading flag to flag.

Brett Hearn (DIRT Modifieds) - On Friday night, Brett Hearn won at Ransomville for the first time in 17-years in a Super DIRT Series Big Block 100... It was his first win since last year and the veteran was pretty stoked up.

George Brunnhoelzl, III - GBIII has been quick all season long on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and he's got the point lead to show it.  Despite a string of pole awards though, he hadn't won a race yet though.  That all changed on Friday night when he won at Caraway Speedway (NC).

Shawn Tucker (Carquest Tour) - Shawn Tucked edged out John Fleming by just 0.018 second to win at Scotia Speedworld.  Any way that you slice it, that margin of victory shows a real ability to come through and win in the clutch.

Quarter Master salutes Chris Wimmer on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.



2009 Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
June 4th-7th

1.  Chris Wimmer (SLM)
2.  Justin Wakefield  (PASS South)
3.  Ben Rowe (PASS South)
4.  Matt McCall (UARA)
5.  Brett Hearn (DIRT Mods)


2009 Cumulative Winners

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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