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 ...
Ross Kenseth
#25 CRA Super Series Super Late Model

While Darlington Raceway is known as the track that is "Too Tough to Tame", someone could have used the same slogan for Winchester Speedway (IN) if they thought of it first.  Winchester is a scary-fast, high-banked action track where it's hard to get around and easy to be intimidated.  Want to survive Winchester?  Good luck.  Want to win there?  Even more good luck.  It usually takes plenty of that along with experiences and guts.  Newcomers need not apply.

Ross Kenseth didn't waste any time learning the track though.  The teenager headed to Winchester for his first race there this past weekend and on opening day of the track's 2010 season, he stole the show by winning the CRA Super Series feature there.

Kenseth didn't just luck into a victory either.  He took on one of the best racers that Winchester has seen in a Super Late Model, Scott Hantz, and passed him for the victory on the final lap.
That performance allowed Ross Kenseth to be named as the winner of this week's Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.

Here are a few of our panelist comments on Kenseth this week...

"Ross Kenseth winning at Winchester Sunday. In his first ever visit to the famous High Banks, he was Fast Qualifier, then came from the tail after an on track incident to make a spectacular pass of Scott Hantz on the outside in turns one and two on the white flag lap to get the victory."

"Ross Kenseth at Winchester.  First time visit there...gets fast time...sent to the rear for spinning out the leader with 49 laps to go...comes through the field and passes Scott Hantz on the last lap for the win.  Not bad for the rookie in his fourth Super Late Model race."


Here are our honorable mentions for this week:

Brandon McReynolds (UARA-Stars) - Brandon McReynolds scored a big victory on Saturday in the UARA-Stars maine event at Rockingham Speedway (NC).  The event, held on the high banks of the track that once hosted the NASCAR Cup Series and what is now known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series, atrracted plenty of top-notch Late Model Stock Car teams, but it was McReynolds who bested them all and earned a few votes for the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award in the process.

Here is one of our panelist comments:

"Brandon McReynolds took on a stacked field of drivers in the UARA 75 lap race at Rockingham Speedway and dominated the entire event to claim his first win of 2010. Such a dominant performance is pretty much the definition of a clutch performance."

Eddie MacDonald (ACT) - There were 53 competitors assembled at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) this past Sunday for the ACT Late Model race and Eddie MacDonald was the fastest driver of them all.  MacDonald didn't let the pressure that came with being the 2009 Oxford 250 winner get to him.  He didn't let the pressure that Tommy Ricker put on him in the closing laps get to him and he didn't let the pressure that comes to keeping a loose racecar pointed in the correct position get to him either.  MacDonald won the race and earned himself an honorable mention in the competition for the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award at the same time.

Scott Hantz (CRA Super Series and Main Event SLM) - Scott Hantz earned an honorable mention in this week's competition based on his performance in two races this past weekend.  Here is the case that one of our voters made while lobbying for Hantz:

"Scott Hantz.  Wins Main Event Race at Angola after being spun twice...then goes to Winchester with one less day of practice than everyone and finishes second...one lap away from two big wins on the weekend."

Roger Lee Newton (PLM) - Roger Lee Newton ran a perfect race in the 100-lap Pro Late Model show at Concord Speedway (NC) on Saturday night.  He led every single lap and held off Colt James at the end to come through in the clutch - winning at his home track and earning an honorable mention for the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award at the same time.

Chuck Hossfeld (RoC Mods)- For most of the RoC Modified race at Shangri-La II Speedway (NY), Chuck Hossfeld ran in the tire tracks of race leader Pete Brittain.  But as the laps clicked down, Hossfeld made his move and took the lead from the seasoned veteran.  Hossfeld went on to win the race and a nod from our panel of voters for that performance.

Ann Young, Rob Bader and the Emergency Workers at Riverhead Raceway - When 1994 NASCAR Modified Tour champion Wayne Anderson suffered a heart attack at Riverhead Raceway (NY) on Saturday night, he was in good hands.  Anderson is now recovering in stable condition thanks to what Speed51.com Facebook friend Freddie Kraft described in a post for the 51 Facebook page....

"Ann Young, a head nurse at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, and wife of fellow Modified driver Chris Young, and Blunderbust driver Rob Bader, also a nurse at Brookhaven, should be commended for their part in helping stabilize Wayne. Best wishes to him. Hope to see him back at the track soon."

We heard the story of what Young and Bader did after the voting deadline for this week's award, but if there was ever a great instance to bend the rules and sneak in a honorable mention, this is it.  Often, we honor a driver who comes through in the clutch to win a race or place well.  Young and Bader came through in the clutch and helped save a racer's life.  We admire them for that.


Quarter Master salutes Ross Kenseth on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.

Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"

1.  Ross Kenseth (CRA)
2.  Brandon McReynolds (UARA)
3.  Eddie MacDonald (ACT)
4.  Scott Hantz (CRA and Main Event SLM)
5.  Roger Lee Newton (PLM_

2010 Cumulative Winners

Preston Peltier  (2x)
Fadden Racing
Billy Moyer
Jeff Choquette
Wayne Anderson
Jeff Fultz
Andy Seuss
Justin South
Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Bobby Santos, III
Johnny VanDoorn
Mike Rowe
Brian Campbell
Ross Kenseth
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