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 ...
Andy Seuss - #70 Stuart's Automotive Modified

This season, Andy Seuss has been doing great on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.  He's got a pair of victories to his name and sits second in the point standings.  But up North, his family-owned team has struggled with a few of their set-ups.  Seuss has led laps at places like Beech Ridge and Oxford this year, but frustrating handling problems kept cropping up.

That put a little bit of pressure on him entering the twice-rain delayed True Value Modified Racing Series event at Thompson Speedway (CT) on Thursday night.  Having a Southern Modified race two days later in North Carolina added a bit of pressure too.  So did the fact that it was his father and crew chief Steve Seuss' 50th birthday.

But Andy Seuss responded well to all of that pressure and went on to win the race at Thompson - an accomplishment which earned him the most votes towards this week's Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance award. 

Two nights later in the NASCAR WSMT race at
Caraway Speedway (NC), Seuss came through in the clutch again when he nursed a car with a shock problem to a third-place finish to keep his championship hopes alive.

Seuss joins ASA Midwest Tour driver Chris Wimmer as a two-time weekly winner of the Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award in 2009.

Here are our honorable mentions for this week:

Justin Lofton (ARCA) - In the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Chicagoland Speedway (IL), Lofton survived a one-lap shootout to go on and win the race.  Lofton had been overshadowed by the amazing performance of ARCA rookie Parker Kligerman earlier this summer, but instead of folding under that pressure, Lofton has stepped up his game and won three of the last four ARCA events.

Brian Loftin (WSMT) - Not to be confused with Justin Lofton, Brian Loftin also came through in the clutch this past weekend.  The defending NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion had not won a race all season long.  But he changed that with a great drive at Caraway on Saturday night.

Chase Elliott (PASS South) - Chase Elliott is only 13 years old.

Keep that fact in mind when you consider that he chased down and pass one of the best Super Late Model shoes in the country right now, Jeff Choquette, in the closing laps of the PASS South race at Hickory on Saturday night.  The son of 1988 NASCAR Cup champion Bill Elliott rose to the occasion in his PASS South debut by winning the race.  He might still be a little guy, but Chase Elliott can stand plenty of pressure on his shoulders.

Colt James (ASA LM) - When the big boys of the ASA Late Model South Series came to town, Colt James wasn't nervous.  He's been running some races at Concord Speedway (NC) this season and recently won the big $5,000-to-win show there.  On Saturday night, he backed that up with a victory in the ASA LM event there too.

Tim Jordan (LM) - When the year began, Waterford Speedbowl (CT) driver Tim Jordan could only dream about racing at the legendary New Hampshire Motor Speedway this season.  Then, the ACT Late Models announced an invitational race there for September where point leaders from various ACT-affilated tracks would get the nod to come and race.  That was great news for Jordan - a previous Waterford LM champion.  However, things turned sour when Jordan had a run of bad luck in his weekly racing and dropped back to a limited schedule.  Still, a top five finish in the recent ACT race at Waterford earned him a chance to come and test at New Hampshire under the watchful eye of ACT head Tom Curley.  Jordan excelled in that test and as a result, got an at-large invitation to the big race later this month.  That was all because of his ability to come through in the clutch during last week's test session.

Quarter Master salutes Andy Seuss on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.

2009 Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"

1.  Andy Seuss  (Mods)
2.  Justin Lofton  (ARCA)
3.  Brian Loftin  (WSMT)
4.  Chase Elliott (PASS South)
5.  Colt James  (ASA LM)

2009 Cumulative Winners

Brandon Ward (Pro Cup)
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) 2x
Earl Pearson, Jr.  (WoO LM)
George Brunnhoelzl, III (Mods)
Matt Hirschman (Mods)
David Rogers  (SLM)
Matt Kobyluck  (CW East)
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