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 ...
Wayne Anderson - #84 Super Late Model

Wayne Anderson had a lot on his mind at this weekend's FAST Series debut at Citrus County Speedway (FL).  Wayne co-founded the series along with his father Dick Anderson.  He is also competing in the series as well.

After qualifying at Citrus County, Anderson elected to take a challenge and start in the back of the 27 car field.  He still came through in the clutch however and won the race.

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

Our votes admired Anderson for his actions both on and off the track.

"Wayne Anderson...have the guts and courage to try and build a new series...open it this weekend...start from the tail and still get the victory!" was the message returned with one of this week's ballots.


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Here are our honorable mentions for this week:

Tim Russell (SLM) - The 44th Annual World Series of Short Track Asphalt Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) wasn't kind to Tim Russell.  First he wrecked his primary Super Late Model.  Then he wrecked his back-up car.  He didn't have long to make repairs either and showed up at Desoto Super Speedway this past weekend to take on a field of 19 cars that included Jeff Choquette and Chris Fontaine.  Russell and his team came through in the clutch when it came to making repairs too.  Russell won the race.

Dave Thomas, Jr. (DT 100) - It takes a lot of effort to put on a racing event and Dave Thomas, Jr. knows that.  Last year, he started the DT 100 charity kart race in Portland, Maine to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Nearly $6,000 was raised.  This year, he wanted to make it bigger.  The names who showed up were plenty big - Johnny Clark, Ben Rowe, Chris Perley, Andy Seuss, Eddie MacDonald and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. just to name a few.  The earnings from this year's event were even larger as well - over $20,000 was raised showing that Thomas knows how to come through in the clutch and help out a great cause.

Mike Ordway, Jr. (DT 100) - In one of the qualifying races for the DT 100, Supermodified and Late Model pilot Mike Ordway, Jr. got caught in an early wreck.  It wasn't just any wreck either - the kart he was assigned to had its engine actually pushed back from the impact.  Under the red flag, repairs were made.  Ordway went to the rear and then battled with Chris Perley and Andy Seuss for the transfer spot.  In the end, Ordway got more than just a transfer spot - he won the 25-lap qualifier.

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Quarter Master salutes Wayne Anderson on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.



Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"

1.  Wayne Anderson (SLM)
2.  Tim Russell (SLM)
3.  Dave Thomas, Jr. (DT 100)
4.  Mike Ordway, Jr.  (DT 100)




2010 Cumulative Winners

Fadden Racing
Billy Moyer
Jeff Choquette
Wayne Anderson
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