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 ...
TD Bank Oxford 250
It's never easy to prepare for the TD Bank Oxford 250. The race usually sends more drivers home than into its starting field, as evidenced by this years 79 entries in the pits and 39 cars in the race. Winning the race is even tougher. You've got to be well prepared and on your game.
Going into the race as the defending champion is tougher. Going into it as the overwhelming favorite is tougher still. But after winning the 2009 version of the race along with the two ACT Late Model shows held there so far this year, the favorite was exactly what you could call Eddie MacDonald this past week.
But Eddie MacDonald didn't let any of those things get to him. He didn't let the blistering early pace that Brad Leighton was setting get to him either. After Leighton has a flat tire within 50 laps of the finish in Sunday's big show, MacDonald pulled into the lead and cruised to what looked like an easy victory in one of the country's biggest asphalt short track events.
That performance allowed Eddie MacDonald to be named as our Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week winner this time around.
It was a close race this week for the award too. Only a pair of votes separated the top three in the running for the award.
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Daniel Hemric (Legends) - Meanwhile, nearly a thousand miles to the southwest, there was another big race and another big winner. Young Daniel Hemric lived up to all the pre-race hype and capitalized on a late-race miscue by Doug Stevens
Here are a few comments by our voters on Hemric's performance:
"He's the best in the Legends car world and he had to back it up after struggling this year."
"Daniel Hemric deserves some love for beating everyone at the Legends Million."
Andy Seuss (MRS) - Andy Seuss put plenty of pressure on himself to win before the Modified Racing Series pit area at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) even opened up. A friend that he was building a Late Model for the 2011 Oxford 250 with, Jay Hull, recently passed away. Hull's memorial services were on the same day as the MRS race at Oxford, so Seuss badly wanted to win in his memory.
Seuss put himself in position to do that late in the race and then he found himself under more pressure. The car that he used to race, Kevin Stuart's #85 Modified, was now leading the event with Louie Mechalides at the controls. There had to be some bragging rights at stake there.
But Seuss pulled through in the clutch and won the race anyways, earning several votes including this one:
"The late race pass from third to first passing his former ride for the win [was clutch]!".
Max Gresham (ARCA) - Max Gresham has won in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East ranks, so the pressure was on for him to visit victory lane in another development series, the ARCA Racing Series, as well. Gresham overcame that pressure this past weekend by winning the ARCA show at Mansfield Motorsports Park (OH).
Augie Grill (CRA) - Augie Grill crossed the finish line first recently in a Miller Lite Super Late Model Series event at Mobile International Speedway (AL) only to have the win nullified in post-race technical inspection. Grill didn't let that get him down though. He just came back to win again, and pass tech, in last weekend's CRA Southern Six Pack race at Gresham Motorsports Park. That earned him this vote:
"Augie Grill for passing tech after getting bounced at Mobile."
Gary Lewis (SLM) - The Montana 200 is one of the biggest Super Late Model shows west of the Mississippi, and with any big race comes big pressure. Gary Lewis overcame that pressure last weekend to win at Montana Raceway Park and earn an honorable mention in the chase for this week's Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Kent Vincent (SLM) - There are two races bigger than all else in the Super Late Model world of the Canadian Maritimes - the Peterbilt 250 at Speedway 660 (NB) and the IWK 250 held last Saturday night at Riverside Speedway (NS). Kent Vincent overcame the pressure to win one of those biggies when he captured the victory at Riverside.
Quarter Master salutes Eddie MacDonald on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Eddie MacDonald (Oxford 250)
2. Daniel Hemric (Legends)
3. Andy Seuss (MRS)
4. Max Gresham (ARCA)
5. Augie Grill (CRA)
2010 Cumulative Winners
Preston Peltier (2x)
Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Bobby Santos, III
Tommy St. John
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