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 ...
#16 Flamingo Motorsports Modified
Mike Stefanik has won just about everything that there is to win in his career - NASCAR Modified Tour races and championships, NASCAR Busch North Series (now the Camping World East Series) races and championships....he's even raced in the NASCAR Truck Series and has recently picked up a side gig driving a Super Late Model at Thompson Speedway (CT).
And now for the first time, Mike Stefanik has been voted as the Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week winner.
Stefanik won on Sunday afternoon in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Martinsville Speedway. It was a race where some of the best from the north and south got into trouble and there was no shortage of carnage. But Stefanik steered clear of all of that and made winning the race look easy when it was anything but that. For that, he won this week's award by a margin of one vote.
Here is what our voters had to say about Stefanik:
"He dodged an early backstretch pileup and never pitted for fuel - conserving it all race long. That all led to him taking home his third Martinsville Grandfather clock."
"We kept hearing all of the hype about guys like Ted Christopher and Donny Lia on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and that's fair....those guys do plenty of winning. But you can never, ever count out Mike Stefanik - who won a race by being smart this weekend at Martinsville. Using experience to come through in a clutch and win...that's worth a vote!"
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Johanna Long (SLM) - Johanna Long came just one vote shy of winning this week's Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"She didn't have as strong of a car as she normally does at her home track of Five Flags Speedway but after the Blizzard Series points leader, Bubba Pollard, was involved in a wreck on lap one and third place Augie Grill was leading the race, Long did all she could to tie up the championship for herself," explained one of our voters. "Long entered the race second in points and by finishing fourth in the event, secured her place in history as the first ever female Blizzard Series champion. Had she fallen back one position, the championship would have been Grill's since that would have left them tied in points and wins and Grill had more second place finishes.
Rich Clouser (SLM) - Rich Clouser is a rookie driver in the Brighthouse Challenge Series of Super Late Model racing in Central Florida and on Saturday night, he defeated a field that included guys like David Rogers and B.J. McLeod to win his first race in the series.
But that isn't the half of it.
Recently, Clouser was getting headaches, so he went to the emergency room. A CAT scan showed a tumor on his brain stem. More tests showed that the tumor was bigger than thought. Right now, doctors are working with hormones to try and wipe out that tumor. But things are highly uncertain in his life at the moment. Despite that, Clouser went out to race and win this past weekend.
Coming through in the clutch on the racetrack is one thing. Coming through in the clutch off the track is something else and we are all hoping and praying that Clouser pulls off that victory as well.
Steve Holzhausen (ASA MW) - "Steve Holzhausen in the ASA Midwest Tour gets my vote," wrote one of our panelists. "He Hadn't visited Elko Speedway since July 3, 1989. Then he shows up and ties for fast time, but that was awarded to Jacob Goede since he set the time first, then he starts ninth in Race for the Gold 125 and finishes third behind winner Dan Fredrickson and runner-up Chris Wimmer to win the Race for the Gold Championship and took home a bar of gold valued at $4000. Plus, he used the word "groovy" in his post-race comments."
Ryan Truex (CW East) - As a rookie with a relatively slim point leading heading into the NASCAR Camping World East Series finale at Dover International Speedway this past weekend, you might think that Ryan Truex would choke. When his Toyota was ill-handling early in the race, things didn't look very well for him either. But Truex worked all race long to plant himself in the top ten at the end of the race - outplacing championship rival Eddie MacDonald by one position and earning the CW East crown in his first attempt.
Quarter Master salutes Mike Stefanik on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Mike Stefanik (Mods)
2. Johanna Long (SLM)
3. Rich Clouser (SLM)
4. Steve Holzhausen (ASA MW)
5. Ryan Truex (CW East)
2009 Cumulative Winners
Donny Lia (Mods) 3x
Andy Seuss (Mods) 2x
Chris Wimmer (ASA MW) 2x
Miek Stefanik (Mods)
Mike Rowe (PASS North)
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)
Parker Klligerman (ARCA)
Brian Campbell (CRA, ASA LM)
Earl Paules (Mods)
Bubba Pollard (Blizzard SLM)
Jamey Caudill (UARA)
Jay Fogelman (PASS South)
Ross Kenseth (Big 8)
Ted Christopher (Mods)
Eric Beers (Mods)
Aric Almirola (PASS South)
Earl Pearson, Jr. (WoO LM)
George Brunnhoelzl, III (Mods)
Matt Hirschman (Mods)
David Rogers (SLM)
Matt Kobyluck (CW East)
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