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 ...
Jeff Fultz - #67 Super Late Model
Last week, Jeff Fultz was voted as the 2009 Quarter Master Clutch Performer of the Year. This past weekend, he backed up that performance by winning The Rattler at South Alabama Speedway.
The victory didn't come easy though. Jeff Fultz led early, but had to battle Chase Elliott, Ryan Lawler and Bubba Pollard late for the lead. With 50 laps to go, he sat in the third position. But Fultz used his experience to come through in the clutch anyways and win the event.
That performance allowed Jeff Fultz to be named as the winner of this week's Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Our panel of experts, who voted Fultz a healthy victory this week, had these things to say about his performance:
"(Fultz gets my vote) for rebounding to win a race he could have won a year ago."
"He pulled through what it mattered the most and that is coming through in the clutch."
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Corey LaJoie (WSMT) - Corey LaJoie is another driver who had to work his way through a pack late in the race. His event was the season-opening NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour show on the quarter-mile at Atlanta Motor Speedway and it was LaJoie's first ever Modified start. LaJoie didn't let that bother him though as he battled with Bowman-Gray Stadium star Tim Brown to take the victory.
This past week, Brown told viewers on the "Madhouse" reality television show that he had never told another driver he was better than them. "But I am!" followed up Brown with a grin at the camera. Well, on Friday night at Atlanta he might have been better than most of the field, but he wasn't better than LaJoie.
Scott Bloomquist (Dirt LM) - It doesn't get much more clutch than sitting in second place entering turn four during the final lap of the race with a chance of moving up one spot. But Dirt Late Model master Scott Bloomquist found himself in that position last weekend and he came through by winning the race anyways. Just check out this passage from the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series press release to see how:
"Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN passed race leader Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA in turn four of the final lap as he outsprinted McDowell to the checkered flag in winning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned March Madness race Sunday at Cherokee Speedway."
Bloomquist had started the race in seventh and his march through the pack earned him a notice from our panel of expert voters.
Korey Ruble (PLM) - Korey Ruble started back in the eighth position of the Pro Rattler 125 and he didn't have much time to get to the front in a race that was exactly half the distance of the weekend's headliner at South Alabama Speedway, the SLM Rattler 250. But Ruble still managed to pass Pro Late Model powerhouse Bubba Pollard with only 11 laps to go to take the lead and head on to victory lane in the Saturday night event.
Quarter Master salutes Jeff Fultz on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Jeff Fultz (SLM)
2. Corey LaJoie (WSMT)
3. Scott Bloomquist (Dirt LM)
4. Korey Ruble (PLM)
2010 Cumulative Winners
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