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 ...
#26 Johnson Motorsports Super Late Model
"Patience" and "Preston Peltier" were not things that you often heard spoken in the same sentence around a PASS South race prior to this season.
Peltier knew how to be quick, he knew how to win races too...but he also knew how to be the center of a firestorm by beating and banging his way to the front.
This year though, Peltier has been a different man. He won the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) last month by biding his time and making a brilliant late race pass from the second row on a restart to win the race.
This past weekend, Peltier also waited until late in the going to make his move - this time, that move came towards the end of the Orange Blossom Special 125 at Orange County Speedway (NC).
Peltier passed leader Ryan Moore with only 13 laps to go and scored the victory due to that crunch time performance at Orange County.
That performance allowed Preston Peltier to be named as the winner of this week's Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Peltier became the first two-time weekly winner of the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award in 2010, but the victory didn't come easily.
We actually had to resort to a tie-breaker to determine the winner this time around after our panel put Peltier's performance in a dead heat with the drive shown by Dakoda Armstrong.
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Dakoda Armstrong (ARCA) - Dakoda Armstrong came oh so close to winning the Quarter Master award this week, but he didn't have to settle for second place in the ARCA Racing Series event at Talladega Superspeedway. Armstrong also got down to business when it mattered the most and went on to victory lane because of that. It was his first career ARCA victory.
Here are a few comments on his performance by our panel of voters:
"Dakota Armstrong...the rookie ran like a veteran all day long and especially at crunch-time!''
"Dakota Armstrong with ARCA at Talladega, "What a run to the front to get the win, looked like a horse race!"
Bobby Santos, III (WMT) - No, Bobby Santos, III didn't get to race this past weekend. Rain claimed the Spring Sizzler NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour show instead. But the pilot of the Mystic Missile continued in what has been a perfect season so far. In the Icebreaker, which opened the WMT at Thompson International Speedway (CT), Santos won the pole, then drew the pole and won the race. At Stafford, he won the pole again. Then he redrew the top starting position. Lucky or good? We think Santos is a lot of both right now and we can't wait until Saturday to see if he can win the race again.
Kenny Tremont (DIRT Mods) - Meanwhile, over on dirt, another Modified ace captured the attention of our voters this week. Here is what one ballot had to say about Kenny Tremont:
"How about just a good old weekly racer? Kenny Tremont out ran a field with Andy Bachetti (defending Lebanon Valley track champion); Brett Hearn, Billy Decker, etc..., etc... to win the opener at Lebanon!"
Sounds like a good pick to us. Chalk Tremont up as a honorable mention.
The Pro All Stars Series - Not all of the heroes this week were drivers. On Friday, PASS officials, led by president Tom Mayberry, had the tough decision on whether to hold or postpone the Orange Blossom Special 125 at Orange County Speedway (NC) based on a nasty forecast. They rolled the dice and kept the show on. After making a few scheduling adjustments to speed things up, they barely got the show in as well. All 125 laps of the Super Late Model show took place and it started raining as Preston Peltier stood in victory lane.
The race was also a commercial success too. PASS announced a promotion for Orange County (along with an upcoming event at Concord Speedway in North Carolina) where admission would be free if fans picked up a ticket at local locations or printed one off the PASS website. Spectators were then charged a $10 per car parking fee no matter how many people car-pooled to the track. The result was a packed grandstand.
Here is what one voter had to say about PASS this week:
"PASS President and Race Director Tom Mayberry and the entire field at the PASS South Orange Blossom Special 125 at Orange County Speedway [get my vote], for putting on a free ticket race and beating the rain (by ten minutes!) to produce the best attended Super Late Model race of the season so far. It was a hit!"
Quarter Master salutes Preston Peltier on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Preston Peltier (PASS South)
2. Dakoda Armstrong (ARCA)
3. Bobby Santos, III (WMT)
4. Kenny Tremont (DIRT Mods)
5. The Pro All Stars Series
2010 Cumulative Winners
Preston Peltier (2x)
Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Bobby Santos, III
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