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.

This week's "Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week" goes to ...
Jeff Choquette - #33 Super Late Model

To say that Jeff Choquette had a frustrating run during most of the 44th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) would be an understatement.

Things actually started out well enough for Choquette.  On opening night, he battled Tim Russell for the lead in the Super Late Model feature, but came up just a bit short to Russell and had to settle for a second place finish.

The next night, Choquette crossed the finish line first only to find himself and all of the other top five finishers disqualified for soft tires.

He finished third one other night and was disqualified again on another evening.  Plus, there were three rainouts during the week.

But instead of packing up and heading home, with a monkey planted firmly on the back of his trailer, Choquette stuck it out and prepped for the biggest Super Late Model race of the week - the Pete Orr Memorial 100 that was rain delayed from Friday night until Saturday.

Choquette won that big feature event - and he passed tech without any issues this time.  It was a command performance where Choquette came through in a clutch to succeed.

That performance allowed Jeff Choquette to be named as the winner of this week's Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.


Here are our honorable mentions for this week:

Matt Hirschman (Mods) - Like Choquette, Matt Hirschman also had a terrible week at New Smyrna.  No, he wasn't disqualified, but he had plenty of bad luck.  But also like Choquette, Hirschman stuck it out and ended up winning his biggest race of the week - the Richie Evans Memorial 100 for Tour-type Modifieds on Saturday night.

"Matt did not have the best of a week but put it all together for the big win," wrote one of our panelists.

Sean Bass (Crate Late Models) - With several rainouts during the week, including one of what should have been the title-deciding closing night of racing, the ASA-type Crate Late Model competitors had to be perfect to win their class championship during the 44th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna.  Stephen Nasse, Patrick Laperle and Dustin Delaney were all very strong competitors all week, but each one had one bad finish.  Sean Bass didn't, he was consistent all week and posted strong finishes in the clutch to claim the "Crate Mode" crown.

Matt Sheppard (DIRT Mods) - There were a boatload a great entries for the Super DIRT Big-Block Modified Florida Winter Tour at Volusia Speedway Park this year and with one rainout, you needed to be just about perfect to take the crown.  But this year's winner wasn't Brett Hearn, Billy Decker or a Johnson.  It was Matt Sheppard, who put together a solid week of finishes including two feature victories, to win the title.

BJ McLeod (SLM) - While races were getting rained out and some of the top dogs in the division were getting disqualified, BJ McLeod was quietly just doing his job in the Super Late Model division at Smyrna Speedweeks.  McLeod was credited with one victory during the World Series at New Smyrna and put together enough strong finishes in the clutch all week long to also claim the World Series SLM championship.

Ricky Brooks (Technical Inspection) - Not all of the votes for a performance under pressure went to a driver or team this week.  One ballot was also cast for the lead Tech Director at Smyrna Speedweeks - Ricky Brooks.  Here is what our panelist had to say:

"Ricky Brooks [is my nominees] for taking on a lot more work this season and letting everyone know that even though he didn't make much noise at the 2009 Snowball Derby, he still means business by disqualifying the entire top five on Sunday night of Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway throwing out strong New Smyrna competitors like Tim Russell, David Rogers, and Jeff Choquette."


Quarter Master salutes Jeff Choquette on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.

Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"

1.  Jeff Choquette (SLM)
2.  Matt Hirschman (Mods)
3.  Sean Bass (Crate LM)
4.  Matt Sheppard (DIRT Mod)
5.  BJ McLeod (SLM)

2010 Cumulative Winners

Fadden Racing
Billy Moyer
Jeff Choquette
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