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 ...
Max Gresham
#18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

Max Gresham might have gotten his first victory in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East ranks out of the way earlier this year at South Boston Speedway (VA), but showed that he was even hungrier for win number two this past Sunday at Iowa Speedway.

Gresham came through in the clutch by drag-racing Ty Dillon off turn four on the final lap and capturing the victory in a combination race that also featured the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West competitors. 

It was a big victory for the young driver and our voters were impressed as well.

That performance allowed Max Gresham 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 Gresham this week...


That performance allowed Max Gresham 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 Gresham this week...

"Gresham came up huge, picking up his 2nd win in a row at one of the most prestigious races on the East and West series schedules. After a green, white, checkered finish - and an insanely close final lap of racing -
Gresham took the win by . 039 seconds over Ty Dillon. Laying it all on the line for the win on the last lap, and walking out with the points lead in the process, now THAT'S coming through in the clutch."

"Max Gresham for edging out Ty Dillon in an exciting photo finish in the East/West Showdown at Iowa to grab his second straight win in the East Series."

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Here are our honorable mentions for this week:

Johnny Clark (PASS North) - Johnny Clark just finished a nose shy of Max Gresham in the voting this week.  That is likely because as a four-time PASS North champion, our voters have just come to expect Johnny to come through in the clutch.  Well, that is exactly what he did this past weekend.  Clark won for the first time after 12 years of effort at New Hampshire's tricky little White Mountain Motorsports Park.  he did it after starting way back in the 17th position as well.  A definite clutch performance by Clark and the #54 team.

Here is what one of our voters had to say:

"Johnny Clark - for coming from 17th on the grid at White Mountain to the lead with just two cautions to help him - his first White Mountain win in 12 years of trying!"

Ryan Blaney (CRA) - Augie Grill was expected to be strong in the WearCrete 150 CRA Southern Slam race at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC).  So was Jeff Fultz and Chase Elliott.  But it was Ryan Blaney who led every single lap of the event and a few votes in our race for the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.

Here is what one of our voters had to say about Blaney's efforts:

"I would have to cast my vote for Ryan Blaney dominating the CRA race at Hickory against a very tough group of late model drivers.

Chris Buescher (ARCA) - Chris Buescher won his first ARCA Racing Series event this past Sunday at Toledo Speedway (OH).  His performance was strong enough to earn an honorable mention this week as well.

Here is what one panelist had to say about Buescher's performance:

"Chris Buescher for grabbing his first ARCA win in the David Ragan Fan Club Ford with David there cheering him on - definitely a cool win."

Ross Kenseth (SLM) - Last week, Ross Kenseth won our Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.  This time around, he earned an honorable mention thanks to this vote:

"Hmm...how about Ross Kenseth, for winning a local SLM show at Elko Speedway in his first appearance. Minnesota guys usually dominate there."

Wes Falk (LMSC) - Wes Falk won his first career Late Model Stock Car race at Langeley Speedway (VA) last week and in the process earned an honorable mention in our race for the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.  here is what one voter had to say:

"Wes Falk's performance and tire conservation strategy that allowed him to charge late and beat former USAR Pro Cup standout and Gibbs development driver Woody Howard for the win was a great and very clutch performance for the young driver's first career Late Model Stock win."

Corey Lajoie (NASCAR K&N Pro Series)- Corey Lajoie didn't win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at Iowa Speedway.  He actually finished fourth.  But he did win the hearts of a few of our voters with his solid performance in battling for the lead against entries from the superteams of Joe Gibbs Racing, Richard Childress Racing and Revolution Racing.  Here is what one of our voters had to say:

"Corey Lajoie almost winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race in Iowa vs. all the Cup backed teams."

The Emergency Workers at Riverhead Raceway - For the second week in a row, we have to give a hand to the emergency workers at Riverhead Raceway (NY) for coming through in the clutch and saving a life. 

This time, Riverhead co-chief steward Mike Cappiello was seriously injured during hot laps when a Modified struck him in the infield.

Here is what the track's press release had to say about how the situation was taken care of:

"Once again the rapid response by Trans Care Medical Ambulance was key in what would be another heroic effort, the second in as many weeks. Mike never lost consciousness nor his sense of humor. Mike actually quipped with those  on scene that he'd have to cancel some golf outings he had lined up for the  next few weeks."

We're glad to give the guys and girls of the Riverhead safety team their due, but we're hoping that they have a quiet and safe reminder of the season and we don't have to give them another honorable mention for a job well-done.

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Quarter Master salutes Max Gresham on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.



















Quarter Master
"Clutch Performance of the Week"

1.  Max Gresham (East Series)
2.  Johnny Clark (PASS North)
3.  Ryan Blaney (CRA)
4.  Chris Buescher (ARCA)
5.  Ross Kenseth (SLM) 



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
Max Gresham
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