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 ...
PASS South SLM Series
Preston Peltier has plenty of people to worry about this weekend at the Mason-Dixon Meltdown which was held at Newport Speedway (TN).
It wasn't because Peltier had ticked them off and was expecting revenge. It was because Peltier was racing for two different championships in one race.
To earn the PASS South Super Late Model championship, Peltier would have to catch and pass Ryan Blaney in the standings.
To go after the PASS National championship, he'd have to not give up points to Johnny Clark.
Peltier kept his eye on the big prize all night long at Newport. While Clark finished sixth and Blaney ended the event back in the 16th position, Peltier had a solid finish of fourth, which resulted in winning not one, but two, titles.
That performance allowed Preston Peltier 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 Peltier's performance:
"Two PASS championships in one day - great job by a guy who'd rather go for broke every time he hits the track."
"He did what he needed to do against competition from some much bigger teams. Coming through in the clutch at Newport brought Peltier two championships."
Peltier now becomes the first three time winner this season of the weekly Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Burt Myers (WSMT) - Burt Myers finished a close second in the balloting for the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award, but there was nothing second-place about his performance last week in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season finale at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Myers came into the race with a slim shot at the season championship. He drew the first starting spot and kept himself out front for 149 of 150 laps to win the race and the title.
Here were a few of our voter comments on Myers' performance:
"Burt Myers wins race and championship in Southern Mods. He started the race fourth in points and did the best he could do for the night, which was win the race. When the top three points guys all had trouble Myers was there to capitalize on their misfortune and turn it into his good fortune. Definitely a clutch performance."
"Burt Myers for winning at Charlotte Motor Speedway and winning the NWSMT title. It is ironic that as one of the main stars of the MADHOUSE show, Myers stayed away from all the on-track incidents to win the race and vault from fourth in points to the championship. While others were fighting in the pits, Myers enjoyed the champagne in victory lane."
Bobby Santos, III (WMT) - It's hard to imagine a more pressure-packed title situation that to have a nine-time NASCAR Touring Series champion nipping at your heels going into the final race of the season. Yet that was the position that Bobby Santos, III was in heading into Sunday's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Thompson International Speedway. Santos held a slim lead over Mike Stefanik entering Thompson's World Series. Stefanik led laps on the day, but Santos finished high enough to capture the title - the first in all of his racing career.
Did we mention that Santos was running his first full season on the WMT Tour after picking up an eleventh hour ride in the Mystic Missile Modified before the start of the season? One of our voters did.
"Bobby Santos goes from no ride last year to championship this year," read the comments on one of the return ballots.
Chase Elliott (CRA) - Chase Elliott has won a ton of races so far this year, but none of them have been bigger than Sunday's Winchester 400. That earned him an honorable mention from our voters this time around.
Here were a few of our voter comments on Elliott's performance:
"14-year-old Chase Elliott winning one of the biggest shorts tracks races in the country with style and class like he has done all season! [Gets My Vote]"
"Chase Elliott...anytime you win one of the "Grand Slam" events of Short Track Racing...it has to be a Clutch Performance!"
Dan McKeage (PASS Sportsman) - For the second time this season, Dan McKeage emerged from a tight title fight as the big winner in the final points race of a season. First, McKeage won the track championship at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) in his Super Late Model over David Oliver and Mike Rowe. That's old news though. The latest accomplishment in McKeage's world is becoming the PASS Sportsman champion for the second time in his career. McKeage locked that down by winning Sunday's season-ending race at Riverside Speedway (NH).
Eric Holmes (K&N West / SRL) - These days, it is hard enough to win one touring series event, much less two. Yet Eric Holmes was able to pull through and win two races in one day last weekend at All-American Speedway in Roseville, California. Here is what one of our voters had to say about that:
"Eric Holmes [gets my vote], for winning the NASCAR K&N Pro West Series and SRL Spears Southwest Tour races on the same day at Roseville."
Jeff Locke (ISMA Supermodifieds) - Jeff Locke wrecked his ISMA Supermodified in practice for the World Series at Thompson International Speedway (CT). He and his team put it back together to race in Sunday's feature event. Locke didn't just race though. He led laps and finished a strong third in the event. It would have been easy for Locke to either load up early or just log a few laps in the feature race before ending his season, but instead the New Hampshire driver came through in the clutch and helped put on a big show at the World Series.
Quarter Master salutes Preston Peltier on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Preston Peltier (PASS South)
2. Burt Myers (WSMT)
3. Bobby Santos, III (WMT)
4. Chase Elliott (CRA)
5. Dan McKeage (PASS Sportsman)
2010 Cumulative Winners
Preston Peltier (3x)
Andrew Ranger (2x)
Joey Pole (2x)
Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Bobby Santos, III
Tommy St. John
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