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 ...
Tommy St. John
CRA Super Series
Usually, it takes a little bit of time to figure a new racecar out. But that wasn't the case for Tommy St. John and his brand new Hamke racecar this past week in the CRA Super Series event at Angola Speedway (IN).
St. John didn't even need one lap of feature event racing to learn his new mount. He led from flag-to-flag to score the victory at Angola.
We should also point out that winning at Angola isn't easy when you have hometown favorite and former CRA champion Scott Hantz in your mirror. But St. John didn't put a wheel wrong all night and kept Hantz back to a runner-up finish.
That performance allowed Tommy St. John to be named as our Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week winner this time around.
Here are a few of our voter comments on St. John's performance:
"Tommy St. John [gets my vote] for winning the CRA Super Series race at Angola with a brand new car!"
"Forget the new car - beating Scott Hantz at Angola is anything is an impressive accomplishment."
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Dale Quarterley (WMT) - Dale Quarterley doesn't have much experience in a NASCAR Modified and lately he hasn't been racing much at all - focusing on being the crew chief for Jeff Anton's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team, but Quarterley does know his road courses and when he got the call to drive the Darling Motorsports #52 entry in Saturday's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Lime Rock Park (CT), Quarterley dusted off the cobwebs and scored an impressive victory. That earned him an honorable mention in this week's competition.
Ben Rowe (PASS North) - Heading into the PASS North race at Canaan Fair Speedway (NH), all eyes were on Johnny Clark. The four-time PASS North champion was gunning for a record fourth-straight victory. Meanwhile, the other four-time series champion, Ben Rowe, was in a bit of a slump while he settled into his new team owned by Scott Mulkern. But you can never count Rowe out in PASS North and he pulled through in the clutch to win at Canaan and stop Clark's streak. This earned him a Quarter Master award honorable mention.
Here was one of the votes cast for Rowe this week:
"Ben Rowe. New car back into victory lane and keeping JC out of it."
Brennan Poole (UARA) - Brennan Poole missed the drivers' meeting for the UARA-Stars race at Lonesome Pine Speedway (VA) and had to start at the rear of the field as a result. Just last week, Poole became the first repeat winner on the tour this season and this weekend he drove through the field at Lonesome Pine to win a pace-setting third victory on the year. He also earned this vote from one of our panelists:
"[My vote goes to] Brennan Poole coming from worst to first to win the UARA race at Lonesome Pine."
Ryan Blaney (PASS South) - One of our voters felt pretty strongly about their choice of Ryan Blaney as the Quarter Master Clutch Performer of the Week and here is why:
"[My vote for] The clutch performance of the week definitely goes to Ryan Blaney. Not only did he win on a very difficult track, he beat a field full of MONSTERS to do so. The PASS South tour is no joke, but Blaney made it look easy on Friday night. The clutch performance was highlighted by the fact that Blaney broke the three-race winning streak of Andy Loden, an accomplishment on its own, because for a little while it didn't look as though anyone would find the formula to put Loden in their rearview."
Matt Kenseth (ASA MW) - Matt Kenseth earned this vote from one of our panelists:
"Matt Kenseth's move on the last lap to get past Steve Carlson and win The Swiss Colony All-Star Challenge 100, ASA Midwest Tour event a week ago at Madison International Speedway. Two of the best Midwest short track stars putting on an instant classic."
Todd Szegedy (WMT) - Todd Szegedy almost won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Lime Rock Park, but in doing so he earned a vote from our panel. Szegedy fought a hard battle against a road course ringer, Dale Quarterley, on new tires in the chase for the checkered flag at Lime Rock. Szegedy didn't win the event, but still scored a fine runner-up finish.
Quarter Master salutes Tommy St. John on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Tommy St. John (CRA)
2. Dale Quarterley (WMT)
3. Ben Rowe (PASS North)
4. Brennan Poole (UARA)
5. Ryan Blaney (PASS South)
2010 Cumulative Winners
Preston Peltier (2x)
Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Bobby Santos, III
Tommy St. John
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