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 ...
Andy Seuss - #47 Q Racing Oil Modified
Andy Seuss entered this year's NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season wanting to do just a little bit better than finish as the runner-up in the point standings, like he did in 2009. But finishing 12th, like he did in the season-opening race at Atlanta Motor Speedway isn't going to help reach that goal.
So Seuss and his team stepped up their game for the second race of the season this past weekend at Caraway Speedway. It was "Mission Accomplished" for the bunch as Seuss "won" practice, qualified on the outside of the front row, led every lap, won the race and moved into second place in the point standings - just nine markers behind Tim Brown.
That performance allowed Andy Seuss to be named as the winner of this week's Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Our panel of experts gave Seuss a clear victory in this week's competition and made some of these comments:
"Things have changed for Andy this year without [previous sponsor] Advance Auto Parts. But Seuss proved why he is one of the front runners for the title by grabbing the Caraway win. His Mother was finally there for a win proving she is not bad luck."
"Andy rebounded from a poor performance at Atlanta to a dominating win at Caraway!"
"Andy Seuss...they rushed to get car done for the season, and with no big sponsor, kicked butt at Caraway."
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Ryan Blaney (PASS South) - He's only 16 years old, but there has still been a lot of pressure on Ryan Blaney to win his first PASS South event. After all, the kid is good. In the South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway this past weekend, Blaney showed just how good as he won the race and impressed our judging panel enough to score a runner-up finish in the competition for the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Here's what they wrote about him:
"There was a lot of weigh on this young man's shoulders...having a big name and an expectation to win. But he delivered and won at Dillon."
"Ryan Blaney wins the pole and the race in a 34 car PASS field at Dillon."
Gresham Motorsports Park - There was a 125-lap Super Late Model race that headlined the show on Saturday at Gresham Motorsports Park, but after several days of hard rain you might have though that never would have happened. But the track got everything together despite Mother Nature and made the show work - leading to this vote:
"Gresham Motorsports Park for going through two rain delays and still having the CRA race on Saturday night. Plus the place is just plain awesome!"
Augie Grill (CRA) - There were some good racers assembled at Gresham Motorsports Park this past weekend for the 125-lap CRA event. But Augie Grill bested them all. It wasn't exactly a surprise to see him win, but our panel still appreciated his efforts.
Kenzie Ruston and Her Team (PASS South) - Legends graduate Kenzie Ruston was ready to make her PASS South Super Late Model debut this past weekend at Dillon Motor Speedway (SC), but a wreck in practice heavily damaged her racecar. Her team didn't give up though, they pitched in and rebuilt the car. They started the race with a provisional and then Ruston stayed cool and gained experience on the way to a solid 12th place finish.
Quarter Master salutes Andy Seuss on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Andy Seuss (WSMT)
2. Ryan Blaney (PASS South)
3. Gresham Motorsports Park
4. Augie Grill (CRA)
5. Kenzie Ruston and her team (PASS)
2010 Cumulative Winners
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