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 ...
Paul Harraka - #12 NAPA Toyota

There has been quite a spotlight put on NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program.  Several drivers have been put into high profile rides - some capable of winning and some that have been more show than go - but up until this weekend, not one had scored a win in one of NASCAR's big driver development series as part of the program.

When you take into account all of the money spent and publicity around the program, that creates some might high pressure for the drivers who are a part of the program.

Paullie Harraka thrived under that pressure this weekend and broke through to win his first NASCAR Camping World West Series race.  The victory came at Colorado National Speedway.  For that accomplishment, Paulie Harraka has been voted as the winner of this week's Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance award.

Here are a few of our honorable mentions this week:

Tom Scully, Jr. (PASS North) - Tom Scully, Jr. isn't even a PASS rookie yet.  He is a Seekonk Speedway (MA) regular who entered the tour's race at that track on Saturday night.  He started deep in the field, but still found his way to the front.  As the laps clicked down, Scully had none other than the two biggest drivers in PASS North history - Ben Rowe and Johnny Clark - filling his mirror.  Now that might have created plenty of pressure, but Scully rose to the occasion and won anyways.

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. (LM) - It was pretty darn hot this past weekend in New England, so when Wayne Helliwell, Jr. hit the track for a big-money open show at Riverside Speedway (NH), he did so without the benefit of a cool suit, air conditioning or any fancy cool-down contraption.  He also didn't have any water or Gatorade to drink.  But Helliwell trucked right along and won the race over local hero and ACT hotshoe Randy Potter (who lives in a house right next door to the track) and journeyman Quinney Welch.  Helliwell's post race celebration though didn't involve any doughnuts or burnouts though.  Instead, he required attention form the EMTs at the track for heat exhaustion.  That is coming through in the clutch and you can read about it in greater detail at Justin St. Louis' Vermont Motorsports Magazine by clicking right here.

Tim Fuller (WoO LM) - The pressure is on Tim Fuller to continue on his hot streak, but that isn't a bother for him in World of Outlaws Late Models.  Fuller extended that win streak to four-in-a-row this week and that performance got him some votes from high places in this week's balloting for the Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.

Steve Needles (Outlaw SLM) -  Anytime that there is a big race like the Kalamazoo Klash, there is plenty of pressure to perform.  Steve Needles used that pressure to go fast last Wednesday night, winning the big Outlaw Super Late Model show at Kalamazoo Speedway (MI).

Ryan Truex (CW East) - Road racing is new to Ryan Truex as a NASCAR Camping World East Series rookie in 2009, but the pressure of something unfamiliar has not gotten to him as he swept both road course events on the schedule this year.  Truex backed up his victory from Watkins Glen earlier this season by also winning at Lime Rock Park on Saturday afternoon.

Donny Schatz (WoO Sprints) - There is no race bigger in the winged Sprint Car world and for the fourth time in a row, Donny Schatz has won that Iowa event.  Schatz visited victory lane one day later than he hoped as the race was postponed from Saturday night to Sunday night by rain.

Derek Ramstrom (PASS North) - Saturday was a busy day for Derek Ramstrom.  The teenaged PASS North racer ran the afternoon's NASCAR Camping World East Series event at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut first.  It was his road course debut and he stayed out of trouble en route to a solid 12th-place finish.  After that, he drove to Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts to run the PASS North race there.  Earlier in the day, his Dad brought the family Super Late Model to that track on an open trailer without even a pit box to use tools from.  Without practice and many tools, Ramstrom still managed to win his heat race and finish a strong fourth in the feature event.

Quarter Master salutes Paul Harraka on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.

2009 Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
August 13th-16th

1.  Paul Harraka (CW West)
2.  Tom Scully, Jr.  (PASS North)
3.  Wayne Helliwell, Jr.  (LM)
4.  Tim Fuller (WoO LM)
5.  Steve Needles (Outlaw SLM)

2009 Cumulative Winners

Paul Harraka  (CW West)
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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