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 ...
Modified Racing Series
It was a story that looked like it might have an obvious ending. A young driver pulled away to an early lead in a big Modified race while drivers who looked to be saving their equipment and tires waited a few positions back to pounce late in the race. Nine times out of ten, that situation ends up with the young gun sliding backwards through the top five and even the top ten very quickly. Rarely does it result in that young driver going to victory lane.
But Stephen Masse isn't your typical young driver.
He proved that by scoring his first two career Modified Racing Series victories at the tricky quarter-mile Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT). He backed that up earlier this year by dominating a MRS show at Waterford Speedbowl (CT) and he showed that once again by winning the MRS portion of Oktoberfest on Sunday at Lee USA Speedway (NH).
Masse took the lead early, endured a nearly
four hour rain delay at lap 68 and then held off a charging veteran in Ken Barry to take the victory.
That performance allowed Stephen Masse to be named as this week's winner of the Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Masse recieved an overwhelming number of votes in this week's competition.
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Terry Phillips (MLRA) - Terry Phillips put the hammer down down the MLRA Dirt Late Model Bud Purkey Memorial in Oklahoma on Sunday night. According to the series, Phillips broke a record held by Scott Bloomquist to win his 101st career race in one Dirt Late Model series. We think that any time that you can break a Scott Bloomquist record, that shows the ability to come through in the clutch. So we salute Phillips for leading every lap in the Memorial race and scoring that record setting victory with an honorable mention in the chase for this week's Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
The Track Officials at Lee USA Speedway - For awhile, it looked like the final 32 laps of the Modified Racing Series portion of Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway was going to be a goner. After the race was halted by rain, it was just too cold and damp to get the track dried right away. So an army of racecars and street vehicles - including a Peterbilt semi-truck hit the track and got it race-ready again. Amazingly, the MRS feature ran to completion and ended shortly before freezing rain and sleet ended up finishing the day off at the track.
Quarter Master salutes Stephen Masse on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Stephen Masse (MRS)
2. Terry Phillips (MLRA)
3. Track officials at Lee USA Speedway
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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