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 ...
Corey Williams - #47 Super Late Model
There were a total of 11 different drivers who were nominated for this week's Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance award. That is definitely a record in that department.
But one driver set himself apart from the pack. That was Corey Williams, who won the PASS South race on Saturday at Orange County Speedway and also claimed this week's
Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week honors.
Williams has always been good at coming through in the clutch. He's been long on talent, but short on funds and still managed to break on through and win races and contend for championships in PASS South. However, this year has struggled with a tighter budget and engine problems. He hasn't run all of the PASS South races in 2009, but he has tried to make it count when he does.
At Orange County, he did exactly that. Williams beat a field that included such heavies as Ben
Rowe, Jay Fogelman, Cassius Clark, Preston Peltier and Justin Wakefield. All of those drivers have won races this season while Williams has largely watched things from the sidelines.
The victory was Williams' fifth in PASS South and once again we're left scratching our heads on why this kid hasn't been handed the keys to a ride in ARCA or Camping World East yet.
Here are a few of our honorable mentions this week:
Ryan Preece (WMT) - After winning his second career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race last week at Riverhead Raceway (NY), there was plenty of pressure on Ryan Preece to pull off a repeat performance in front of family and friends at his home track, Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night. Preece delivered a victory again though and even beat a guy with a Stafford grandstand named after him, Ted Christopher, to win.
Bubba Pollard (PLM) - It's hard to keep picking this guy, but lets face the facts: there have been eight races in the Gulf Coast Championship Series in 2009, Bubba Pollard has three wins, four seconds, and a third. His average finish in 1.75 after eight races.
Last Friday night, it looked like Pollard's luck had final run out as the car lost power on the opening lap, he would restart last and come back to finish second thanks to a clutch drive through the field.
The next night at Mobile, he dodged a late race wreck to score his second win of the season in the Miller Lite series. The pressure of leading the points has not caught up with him one bit.
Lonnie Sommerville (SLM) - The Atlantic CAT 250 is a huge race in the Canadian Maritimes with plenty of pressure to win for the Canadian Super Late Model crowd. Lonnie Sommerville thrived under that pressure to win at Scotia Speedworld (NS) this past weekend anyways.
Tim Fuller (DIRT) - Tim Fuller showed his ability to come through in the clutch thanks to his performance at Canandaigua. It was his first series win in two years and it's been two decades since the car owned by Steve Hastings and Joe Knoth has won.
Patrick Laperle (ACT) - As one of one panelists wrote:
"Patrick Laperle is my nominee because of his dominance in the NAPERT 150 ACT Castrol Series race. For the second time in as many weeks, Laperle absolutely dominated the field. With only seven cars left on the lead lap at the end of the race, Laperle who took the lead on lap 43, set a fast pace and never was challenged. Despite numerous cautions, Laperle would open up a full straight away lead in just a few laps at the 1/3 mile fast high bank Autodrome Chaudière.
Mike Rowe (SLM) - Mike Rowe started in the back of the pack in the 40-lap Super Late Model / Pro Series feature Saturday night at Beech Ridge, but he got his job done in a hurry. On lap 21, he passed defending track champion Bub Bilodeau and PASS North rising star D.J. Shaw to take the race lead. He never looked back and pulled through in the clutch to win his fifth feature of the season.
Joey Saldana (WoO) - There is a lot of pressure that comes with the running of a new race, but Joey Saldana rose to the occasion and won the first-ever Ironman 55 World of Outlaw Sprint Car race this weekend at I-55 Speedway (MO). That really isn't much of a surprise though as it was Saldana's 13th WoO victory of the 2009 season.
Jon McKennedy (TVMRS) - Nobody would have blamed Jon McKennedy for taking it easy in the True Value Modified Racing Series event at Beech Ridge. He's the point leader and he was following in the footsteps of a man very familiar with how to win at Beech Ridge, David Pinkham, late in the race. But McKennedy didn't take the easy road and instead dropped the hammer late at Beech Ridge to take the lead and run with it. He came through in the clutch and won the race.
Landon Schuster (Factory Stocks) - Landon Schuster won this weekend's Factory Stock feature at Toledo Speedway on Saturday night in tribute to his Grandfather and Car Owner, Sonny Adams - also a former owner of the Toledo track. Schuster started the evening by taking a lap around the track in memory of his Grandfather and ended the night by taking a victory lap around the same track in his honor.
Shanna Ard - (Sportsman) - Down at Pensacola, Florida's Five Flags Speedway, Shanna Ard took over the controls of Tina Davidson's Sportsman car as Davidson's husband battles cancer. Ard came through in the clutch and delivered a strong "Get Well" present by winning her feature race on Friday night.
Quarter Master salutes Corey Williams on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
2009 Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
July 30th - August 2nd
1. Corey Williams (PASS South)
2. Ryan Preece (WMT)
3. Bubba Pollard (SLM)
4. Lonnie Sommerville (SLM)
5. Tim Fuller (DIRT)
2009 Cumulative Winners
Corey Wiilliams (PASS South)
Steve Park (CW East)
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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