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 2010 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 and the 2009 winner Jeff Fultz.
This week's "Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week" goes to ...
Winning one feature race at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway's Oktoberfest isn't easy. The Wisconsin event has become one of the biggest short track weekends anywhere and big names from throughout the Midwest all come out to play.
Dan Frederickson is one of those big guns. The working man racer from Wisconsin headed to Oktoberfest as the recent winner of the Thunderstruck 93, a tribute race to fallen friend Dan Ryan held at Elko Speedway (MN) [Click Here For More on that victory], so he was heading into the weekend on a bit of a hot streak.
He left LaCrosse on an even bigger hot streak though. Frederickson managed to win not one, but two, Oktoberfest feature races.
The big victory of the weekend was Sunday's Oktoberfest 100, the season-closing ASA Midwest Tour event. Frederickson has now won this race for three of the past four years.
Frederickson also won the Dick Trickle 99 on Saturday night after the first driver across the finish line, Nick Murgic, was disqualified. All in all, the weekend was one heck of a performance for Frederickson.
That performance allowed Dan Frederickson to be named as this week's winner of the Speed51.com / Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Here were a few voter comments about Frederickson's performance:
"He won the Dick Trickle 99, beating out 58 cars, and then the ASA MW tour race beat out 39 cars at La Crosse!"
"Frederickson was the star of Oktoberfest weekend, and that's not easy to do!"
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Joey Pole (ACT) - Joey Pole came just a few votes short of becoming the first three-time winner of the weekly Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award this time around. He won it last week, but will have to settle for the runner-up slot this week.
One place that Pole didn't have to settle for second best though was at last Saturday's ACT Late Model season finale held at Waterford Speedbowl (CT). Pole dominated the event and beat 2010 ACT champion Brian Hoar to the line to close out the season. In the past few months, Pole has won two ACT races at Waterford, an open Late Model show at Seekonk Speedway (MA), the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT).
Here were a few voter comments about Pole this week:
"Joey Pole - he probably wishes the season would go on forever."
"Joey Pole...keeps rolling along!"
"Wins on all the Late Model tracks big and small. Joey Pole knows how to get the job done."
Stewart Friesen (DIRT) - Nobody in the history of the Syracuse 300 had ever gone more than 129 laps on one tank of fuel, but Stewart Friesen managed to stretch things out to 132 laps on Sunday as he became the first Canadian winner of the DIRT Big-Block Modified classic - thanks to his ability to save fuel in the clutch.
Mike Garvey (PLM) - Mike Garvey had a productive weekend in his Tracy Goodson-owned Pro Late Model. On Friday night, he won the Pro Late Model Allen Turner Hyundai Tune-Up 100 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. On the next night, he won the Thomas Concrete 100 at Gresham Motorsports Park (GA).
That led to these votes for Garvey in this week's competition:
"Mike Garvey winning the Pro race at Pensacola and then the Pro race at Gresham the next night."
"Mike Garvey with the double gets my vote."
Coleman Pressley (UARA-Stars) - Coleman Pressley bounced back from mechanical problems in practice during the UARA-Stars season finale at Rockingham Speedway (NC) to post a top five finish in the race. That ensured him of winning the 2010 UARA-Stars championship.
Patrick Sheltra (ARCA) - The ARCA Racing Series title fight came down to the wire in the season finale at Rockingham Speedway (NC) and the battle was a close one. Patrick Sheltra bettered his main rival, Craig Goess, by one position in the race and used that fourth-place result as the springboard for his first series championship - coming through in the clutch.
Steve Rubeck (LM) - If you are going to win, you might as well win big. That is exactly what Steve Rubeck did in copping his first career Big 8 Late Model victory this past weekend at Oktoberfest.
"Steve Rubeck has come close so many times but finally breaks through and collects his first Big 8 Series win on Saturday night at the 41st Oktoberfest Race Weekend," wrote one of our voters.
Quarter Master salutes Dan Frederickson on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Dan Frderickson (Oktoberfest)
2. Joey Pole (ACT)
3. Stewart Friesen (DIRT)
4. Mike Garvey (PLM)
5. Coleman Pressley (UARA)
2010 Cumulative Winners
Preston Peltier (2x)
Andrew Ranger (2x)
Joey Pole (2x)
Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Bobby Santos, III
Tommy St. John
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