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 ...
#15 Modified - Riverhead Raceway
On the surface, it might not seem like much. A driver from one of NASCAR's big three divisions heads to a weekly track and wins a feature race.
But the devil is in the details and what Donny Lia did on Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway was much more than it might first appear.
The backstory is that local Modified legend Wayne Anderson suffered a heart attack last month after he climbed out of his car when he race was completed. Thanks to the help of the medical crew at the track, Anderson survived. He is now out of the hospital, but not ready to get back into his racecar.
Jimmy Blewett drove the car in one race, but had to be in Martinsville on Saturday night to race on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. So Long Island native, and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, Donny Lia found his way into Anderson's #15 Modified.
Lia started deep in the pack, buy wasted no time headed to the front and staying there. Lia ended up visiting victory lane at Riverhead on Saturday night in Anderson's car - giving Anderson a shot of get-well medicine and his team is much needed boost.
That performance allowed Donny Lia to be named as the winner of this week's Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
DJ Kennington (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series) - After having engine problems that caused his team to miss a big chunk of practice, DJ Kennington came back to win the pole and the race in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series opening event of the season at Delaware Speedway in Ontario.
Bobby Santos (WMT) - For the third time in the first four races of the season, Bobby Santos won in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competition. This latest victory came on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway (VA), where there were more laps run under caution than green. The great start to Santos' season led to this comment from one of our voters....
"Bobby Santos is like the Energizer Bunny just keeps on going and going...."
...and winning and winning and winning too.
Brett Moffitt (K&N East) - Recent bad luck has plagued NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver Brett Moffitt. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver led laps in the West Series race at Phoenix International Raceway (AZ) and the East/West combination race at Iowa Speedway before wrecks took him out of both events. On Sunday at Martinsville Speedway (VA), Moffitt found himself with exactly the kind of luck that he wanted. He was running out front when it started raining with 25 laps still on the board and was declared the victor of the rain-shortened event. Turning around bad luck - that's a clutch performance right there even if Mother Nature lend a helping hand.
"Right place right time gets Moffitt the win at Martinsville," wrote one of our voters.
Earl Pearson, Jr. (Dirt LM) - Keeping Scott Bloomquist and Jimmy Mars at bay to win the Lucas Oil Late model Dirt Series sanctioned 24th Annual Ralph Latham Memorial on Saturday Night at Florence Speedway (KY) earned Earl Pearson, Jr. the notice of our voting panel..
Ross Kenseth (ASA MW)- Earlier this season, Ross Kenseth came through in the clutch to win his first CRA Super Series race. This past weekend, he did the same thing to win his first ASA Midwest Tour race. The site of that victory was Elko Speedway (MN) and it earned Kenseth an honorable mention in our competition for this week.
Todd Szegedy (WMT)- Todd Szegedy came back from being three laps down after a flat tire to post a podium finish of third in Sunday's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Martinsville Speedway. That definitely attracted the attention of our panel of voters.
Ryan Truex (K&N East)- Ryan Truex took the long way to a second-place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Martinsville Speedway and that earned him this vote in the race for the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award:
"Ryan Truex missed driver intro's, started dead last in Martinsville and still finished second."
Levi Jones (USAC) - Last weekend, Levi Jones won three of the four USAC races that he entered. Winning that frequency is definitely a sign of coming through in the clutch!
Andy Loden (PASS South) - Back up his first victory in PASS South couldn't have been easy, but Andy Loden came through in the clutch to win his second career PASS South race on Friday night at Ace Speedway (NC).
Mother Nature - It's been a tough season in many places with all of the rained out races this year. Last weekend was no exception and that led to this vote for the Clutch Performance of the Week.
Score one for Mother Nature.
Quarter Master salutes Donny Lia on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Donny Lia (Mods)
2. DJ Kennington (Can. Tire Series)
3. Bobby Santos, III (WMT)
4. Brett Moffitt (East Series)
5. Earl Pearson, Jr. (Dirt LM)
2010 Cumulative Winners
Preston Peltier (2x)
Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Bobby Santos, III
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