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 ...
It used to be that anyone who had been to Bowman-Gray Stadium (NC) knew the kind of pressure that Jason Myers was under. Living in the shadow of his brother Burt Myers, who can be a little bit louder and has won a few more races, was tough. Getting abused by Junior Miller's front bumper and turned around on a semi-regular basis wasn't easy either. Even though Jason Myers is one heck of a shoe himself, that didn't always show through.
The pressure on Jason got even greater after the "Madhouse" television show hit the airwaves and showed the world more of what we just described.
On the track, there's pressure too. For example, on Saturday night in the Renegade 100, Jason started on the infamous outside of the front row at Bowman Gray next to Lee Jeffreys. He then had to survive leading on five different double-file restarts against multi-time track champion Tim Brown.
Yet at the end of the night, that pressure didn't matter to Jason Myers as he still was the one standing in victory lane.
That performance allowed Jason Myers to be named as our Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week winner this time around.
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Jimmy Garmon (SLM) - It had been about seven years since Jimmy Garmon had won his last feature race, so the pressure to show the world that he could still win was on his shoulders Saturday night in the Super Late Model race at Gresham Motorsports Park (GA). The pressure got even greater after he tangled with Jason Hogan early in the race and earned the ire of that proven winner and his team. Finally, Garmon had to out-gun one of the best in the business, Bubba Pollard, near to end to the race to hold on and win. He did just that, and came in as the close runner-up in this week's Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week competion.
Andrew Ranger (K&N West) - Andrew Ranger was leading on the fina lap of his first ever NASCAR K&N Pro Series West start on Saturday at the Infineon Raceway road course in Northern California. That is when Ranger ran out of gas. The Canadian had built up enough of a lead though to not panic and coast across the finish line as the winner anyways. Now that's a clutch performance!
Johnny Clark (PASS North) - Up until last weekend, only two drivers had won three straight races in PASS North history. Those two drivers were Ben Rowe and Sam Sessions. Johnny Clark entered the Unity Raceway (ME) event on Sunday as the clear favorite to win the race and join that group given his stellar record at that track. That no doubt put plenty of pressure on him. Trevor Sanborn was pretty darn good in the race and that put even more pressure on Clark.
But Clark didn't become a four-time PASS North champion by bowing to pressure. So he trucked on and dominated the race - earning this vote in our Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week compeition:
"Johnny Clark, for another dominating performance at Unity - three in a row ties the record!"
Kyle Busch (CRA) - Up until last weekend, only two drivers had won three straight races in PASS North history. Those two drivers were Ben Rowe and Sam Sessions. Johnny Clark entered the Unity Raceway (ME) event on Sunday as the clear favorite to win the race and join that group given his stellar record at that track. That no doubt put plenty of pressure on him.
Not Kyle Busch but rowdy the short tracker - won his own race
Les Hinckley (MRS) - It was a rough one on Thursday night at Thompson Speedway (CT) when the Modified Racing Series came to town. First off, the series hit their biggest track of the year. Secondly, a number of ringers including Mike Stefanik and Teddy Christopher were in the field. It was also a track where MRS point leader Les Hinckley had always wanted to win at and came up short. So Hinckley pulled through in the clutch and won the race. That earned him an honorable mention in the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week department.
Mike Twist (Media) - It's always been the rule that whoever gets any votes for the Quarter Master award gets themselves an honorable mention. I just never expected that I'd have to write one of those for myself. So I might be blushing a little bit while I write this, but one of our voters (not myself) wrote in "Mike Twist" as their pick for winning the Media Madness race on Sunday at Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT). While it's true that I felt plenty of pressure to win the race after taking the last two victories in the event and having my daughter watching me race a stock car for the first time, I know it isn't nearly the same amount of pressure that the semi-professional drivers who we write about feel when they strap in and win. Still, I'll take the accolades when I can get them. Who knows how long it might be until the next victory comes around!
Quarter Master salutes Jason Myers on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Jason Myers (Mods)
2. Jimmy Garmon (SLM)
3. Andrew Ranger (K&N West)
4. Johnny Clark (PASS North)
5. Kyle Busch (CRA)
2010 Cumulative Winners
Preston Peltier (2x)
Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Bobby Santos, III
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