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 ...
Johnny VanDoorn
#61 CRA Super Series SLM

When we last left Johnny VanDoorn at the racetrack, things weren't going so well for the defending CRA Super Series champion and his Kaos Motorsports team.

VanDoorn failed to qualify for the Snowball Derby in December after a very frustrating week full of bad luck.  His team then went to Speedfest at Lanier National Speedway in January and dropped out early.  Next, a broken header led to an early exit from the March CRA Southern Six Pack race at Gresham Motorsports Park (GA).

Fortunately for VanDoorn this past weekend, his bad luck only came in threes.  When the CRA Super Series season opened up at Anderson Speedway (IN), it was VanDoorn who was right back on form.  The bad luck didn't get his team down and they all came through in the clutch to overcome it and win at Anderson.

"We're back!" VanDoorn exclaimed in victory lane and he was very right about that fact.

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

VanDoorn was the landslide winner in our voting this week.

Here are a few comments from our panel:

"John VanDoorn "dejas vu" win at Anderson Speedway with the CRA Super Series."

"Johnny VanDoorn - bested the largest field of race cars in late model racing in the country this past weekend."


Here are our honorable mentions for this week:

Matt Hirschman (Mods) - We all know that Matt Hirschman can win just about any Modified race that there is.  But this time around at Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA), Hirschman looked like his odds of winning the final Poker Series race of the 2009 season (poor weather delayed the race several months), were going to be insurmountable. 

The car that Hirschman was planning to run at Mahoning Valley had been wrecked a few weeks ago, so car owner Bob Horn towed a Modified from Connecticut to serve a substitute ride.  Then, Hirschman had to start 19th in the 100-lap race.  Finally, he had to get in the middle of a dogfight between Eric Beers and Earl Paules in the closing laps.  When Beers tangled with a lapped car and Paules had to take evasive action, Hirschman kept trucking along - right into victory lane.

Justin Marks (ARCA) - It had just been said on SPEED TV's broadcast of the Rattlesnake 150 ARCA Racing Series event from Texas Motor Speedway that Justin Marks had radioed his team that his car was "wrecking loose" when the cameras focused in on his car.  That is when, as if on cue, Marks' machine went spinning around.  Marks kept it off the wall, spun through the infield grass and then kept it from shooting back up the track.

Eventually, Marks finished fourth.  He might have not won the race, but Marks sure came though in the clutch by not wrecking his racecar in the incident.

DJ VanderLey (PLM) - It's always tough to win one, much less two, Pro Late Model races at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, but that is what DJ VanderLey has done this year.  The teen driver scored his second victory at Five Flags of the young season last weekend.


Quarter Master salutes Johnny VanDoorn on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.

Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"

1.  Johnny VanDoorn (CRA)
2.  Matt Hirschman (Mods)
3.  Justin Marks (ARCA)
4.  DJ VanderLey (PLM)

2010 Cumulative Winners

Fadden Racing
Billy Moyer
Jeff Choquette
Wayne Anderson
Jeff Fultz
Andy Seuss
Justin South
Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Preston Peltier
Bobby Santos, III
Johnny VanDoorn
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