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 ...
North South Shootout
There is a lot of pressure being a two-time winner of the North South Shootout. There's also a lot of pressure associated with towing south to Concord Speedway (NC) as one of the top shoes of the North when Burt Myers has represented the "Dirty South" by winning the race for the past two years.
Add to that the pressure of getting caught in an early wreck and not knowing for sure if your car is straight or not and you've got one tough race to try and win.
But Matt Hirschman tried hard enough to win the Tour-type Modified portion of the North South Shootout for the third time in his career on Saturday.
That performance allowed Matt Hirschman to be named as this week's winner of the Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Here are what a few of our voters had to say about Hirschman's performance:
"Matt Hirschman [gets my vote] for winning after getting RF tire junked at Concord."
"He's learned from one of the best, his father Tony, and now the Hirschman "kid" has won the North South Shootout for the third time. Matt Hirschman really has shown once again that he knows how to deliver in the big races."
Although this is the first week that Matt Hirschman won the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week in 2010, it is not the first time this season that the award has gone to a member of the Hirschman family. Earlier this fall, Matt's father Tony Hirschman won the Clutch award thanks to his victory in the Race of Champions at Oswego.
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Ross Kenseth (SLM) - It looked like Ross Kenseth was going to end up in victory lane after a caution-filled CRA Super Late Model portion of the North South Shootout at Concord Speedway (NC). But late in the event, he ran out of fuel and had to restart deep in the pack with only a handful of laps left in the feature.
Still, Kenseth didn't give up. No, he didn't win. He did manage to battle back into second place by the time that the checkered flag waved and that earned him an honorable mention in this week's race for the Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Here is what one of our voters had to say about Kenseth's performance this week
"Is there a question on this? Ross Kenseth...runs out of fuel while leading the North South Shootout with 14 laps to go and comes back to finish second."
Colt James (SLM) - There were some big names on the entry list for the CRA Super Late Model portion of the North South Shootout at Concord Speedway (NC). Ross Kenseth, Ryan Blaney, Jeff Fultz, Scott Hantz and many other top teams were there. But Colt James and his low-buck bunch defended their turf at the Texan's adopted home track by winning. That didn't go unnoticed by our panel of voters and led to an honorable mention this week.
Here was one voter comment on James' performance at Concord:
"Colt James proved himself with the big guns after grabbing the Pro Late Model Championship at Concord Motorsports Park and backing it up with a win in the CRA Super Series portion of the North South Shootout this past weekend."
Jason Meyers (WoO Sprints) - There was a fairly tight World of Outlaws Sprint Car championship battle in this past weekend's races at the Dirt Track at Charlotte. When rain delayed the Friday night show and set up a Saturday schedule that included the final two WoO Sprint races of the season within hours of each other, the pressure was on Jason Meyers to deliver and win his first series championship. Meyers didn't choke, or leave anything to chance, when he went and swept both feature events on the first to that title.
Quarter Master salutes Matt Hirschman on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Matt Hirschman (Mods)
2. Ross Kenseth (SLM)
3. Colt James (SLM)
4. Jason Meyers (WoO Sprints)
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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