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 ...
CRA Super Series
The CRA team of Aaron Pierce had a very scary day at the racetrack when they were at Plymouth Speedway (IN) this past weekend. It had nothing to do with what happened on the track either.
Just see how this voter described how he saw Pierce and his team come through in the clutch:
"Aaron Pierce...coming home second at Plymouth after his crew chief, the legendary Bill Rievley is revived by paramedics in the pit area...literally brought back to life in front of the whole pit area after CPR, chest compressions and the shock paddles six times during practice...all in Aarons pit area. Crew chief revived at the scene, taken off to hospital, continues what the crew chief started...qualified in top five and scored the best run of the year...very clutch and very emotional for Pierce and the rest of his team."
That performance allowed Aaron Pierce to be named as our Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week winner this time around.
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Lowell Bennett (SLM) - Lowell Bennett knows how to come through in the clutch. Entering into last weekend, he won one of the biggest Super Late Model shows around, the Slinger Nationals, four different times.
After this weekend though, he can call himself a five-time Slinger National victor. Bennett came through in the clutch when guys like Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch ran into trouble - and he won the race for yet another time. That earned him a close second-place finish in the balloting for this week's Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
CE Falk (LMSC) - When he won against Cup stars like Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart in a special night of Late Model Stock Car racing at Southside Speedway (VA), our voters overlooked CE Falk's accomplishments due to the timing of that mid-week show. However, the rising star won big again this past weekend and that earned him a podium finish in the race for the Quarter Master award.
Here is what one of our voters had to say:
"Well the panel overlooked C.E. Falk when he took home the big win over many Cup guys including Hamlin, Stewart, Busch, Harvick and Logano but there's no way they can now that Falk has won his second big race of the season dominating the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway leading 188 of 200 laps."
Jon McKennedy (MRS) - The Modified Racing Series event at Lee USA Speedway (NH) on Friday night was a tough race to get through. Drivers like Mike Ordway, Jr., Doug Coby and former series champion Dwight Jarvis all used up their cars or tires while leading or staying near the lead - and they all admitted to running only a half throttle or less to conserve their equipment! Meanwhile, Jon McKennedy did somehow manage to conserve his equipment. He stayed back for much of the event and struck late in the game to win at his hometrack. Now that's coming through in the clutch!
Kyle Sims (Street Stocks) - Kyle Sims managed to put his Street Stock out of the ballpark in last weekend's race at South Alabama Speedway and you can see footage of it on the Speed51.com Facebook Feed page. One of our voters saw the video and cast this vote:
"Kyle Sims.........looks just like a race night in Northern New England!"
After seeing cars enter the woods or clear fences at places like Star Speedway (NH), Hudson Speedway (NH), Oxford Plains Speedway (ME), Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT), Riverside Speedway (NH) or Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) through the years, we'd have to agree!
Brian Hoar (ACT) - Also placing this week, is ACT point leader Brian Hoar, who had this vote cast for him:
"Brian Hoar coming through in the clutch at Airborne gets my vote. Second straight win and a bigger points lead, it doesn't get much better than that."
Quarter Master salutes Aaron Pierce on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Aaron Pierce(CRA)
2. Lowell Bennett (SLM)
3. CE Falk (LMSC)
4. Jon McKennedy (MRS)
5. Kyle Sims (Street Stocks)
2010 Cumulative Winners
Preston Peltier (2x)
Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Bobby Santos, III
Tommy St. John
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