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 ...
Steve Park - #35 Waste Management Chev.
Just being in the NASCAR Camping World East Series puts Steve Park in a bit of a clutch.
After all, he is THE Steve Park. He's the racer who has won in all of NASCAR's top three series. He's the driver who the late Dale Earnhardt hand-picked in the late 1990's to get the DEI team rolling along in advance of Dale Earnhardt, Jr's arrival into NASCAR's big leagues. He is the same Stave Park who won 16 races on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
So if Park wins in the East Series, people will say it's because he should be winning. If he doesn't, people question his abilities.
But there was no question just how good of a racer Park still is on Saturday night at Adirondack International Speedway. As Jody Lavender, Ryan Truex and Eddie MacDonald all made most of the noise up front in that race, park quietly worked his way into position to take the lead late and come through in the clutch - winning the 150 lap main event.
That effort earned Steve Park enough votes to win the Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
Here are a few of our honorable mentions this week:
Randy Turner (PASS North) - After practice, Randy Turner was concerned about even running well enough to qualify for the PASS North race at Unity Raceway (ME). He also had the added pressure of taking on some well healed teams and champion drivers. But Turner and his team kept plugging along and put together a quick racecar for the feature. Then, as contenders like Louie Mechalides, Scott Chubbuck, Ben Rowe, DJ Shaw and Kelly Moore and bumped and banged around him, Turner cruised to his first career PASS North victory.
Tommy Ricker (LM) - Tommy Ricker's racing luck has been so bad through the years that he has even earned the nickname "Two Lap Tommy" because it often would take just a pair of laps before misfortune would strike him. True to form, Ricker led the first two laps of the 2008 TD Banknorth Oxford 250, but eventually ran into trouble in that race. He was quick in this year's 250 too, but also luckless yet again.
On Thursday night though, Ricker won his first ever Late Model feature at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) at the age of 53. Just for the record, the race was 60 laps in length.
Ryan Preece (WMT) - Winning on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is always tough. Winning at the Tour's toughest bullring, Riverhead Raceway (NY) is even tougher. When you add some very skilled Riverhead regular into the mix, that makes it harder even still. Yet teen racer Ryan Preece won in a convincing manner there on Saturday night - truly coming through in the clutch.
"Give it to Ryan Preece this week," wrote one of our voters. "He dominated at the toughest track the Tour probably races, Riverhead.
Bubba Pollard (PLM) - We're not sure if we can remember anyone other than Bubba Pollard winning a Viper Series Pro Late Model race at South Alabama Speedway. This Saturday night when he won, Pollard also clinched the 2009 Viper Series PLM title.
"Despite a short field, Bubba Pollard won his sixth race in a row at South Alabama Speedway," wrote one of our voters. "A rare feat nonetheless."
Cameron Dodson (USAC) - Cameron Dodson drove his Carl Edwards-owned USAC Silver Crown car to victory at Iowa Speedway this weekend. The young driver nearly lost his life last year in a highway accident and not only recovered from that, but got back into a racecar too.
"Cameron Dodson, winning at Iowa Speedway in a USAC Silver Crown owned by Backflip Boy [gets my vote]," wrote one of our panelists. "It's the first win for him since his serious highway crash late last fall."
Willie Allen - (ASA LM) - When the touring stars of the ASA Late Model Challenge Series came to Nashville's Fairgrounds Speedway, it was local entry Willie Allen who beat them all.
"I thought about crowd favorite Willie Allen at Nashville, but unfortunately there wasn't enough of a crowd there to call anyone a crowd favorite," wrote one of our voters.
Patrick Laperle (ACT) - Patrick Laperle won theis past weekend's ACT Quebec Series event at Montmagmy, and earned a vote from our panel in the process.
"Patrick Laperle is my Clutch Performance of the week," wrote one of our voters. "Patrick absolutely smoked the field in the sixth leg of the ACT Castrol Series Championship. He led 167 of 250 laps. His margin of victory was a full straight away and he scores his second win on the circuit in 2009."
Quarter Master salutes Steve Park on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
2009 Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
July 30th - August 2nd
1. Steve Park (CW East)
2. Randy Turner (PASS North)
3. Tommy Ricker (LM)
4. Ryan Preece (WMT)
5. Bubba Pollard (PLM)
2009 Cumulative Winners
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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