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 ...
#72 CRA Super Series SLM
Nobody would have blamed the #72 Super Late Model team for sitting out for awhile after the death of their car owner Dick Poe. But that wasn't in the cards. Racers race and that is exactly what the #72 team, along with driver Scott Hantz, continued to do.
Hantz continued with plans to compete in Monday's Redbud 300 at Anderson Speedway (IN). He would be pitted against NASCAR stars Kyle Busch and Ken Schrader in the race. He'd also have to beat the big-budget team of Chase Elliott and defending CRA Super Series champion Johnny Van Doorn to win the race.
As things turned out, Hantz would also have to fight hard with upstart Brian Johnson, Jr. near the end of the event.
But in the end, Hantz beat all of those worthy competitors and dedicated his victory to Poe in true storybook fashion.
"This was for Dick (Poe)!" An emotional Hantz said in victory lane. "I think he was doing the driving, I was just riding."
That performance allowed Scott Hantz to be named as our Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week winner this time around.
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Joey Pole (ACT) - The 2010 season, up until last weekend, had been a nightmare for Joey Pole. He entered the year as one of the favorites for the ACT Late Model championship, but has had the worse luck through the first portion of the season instead. Pole has been wrecked, had flat tires and has had parts break.
But he came through in the clutch to overcome all of that this past weekend when he won the ACT Late Model show at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME). In doing so, Pole also scored the first ACT Late Model victory for the Ford crate engine.
Ryan Carlson (ASA LM) - One year ago, Ryan Carlson broke his back in a hard wreck at Rockford Speedway (IL). This past week, he came back to the track and mastered it against a field of ASA Late Model teams. Carlson held off Eddie Hoffman to score a popular hometrack victory.
Ben Rowe (PASS) - One of our vote this week went in Ben Rowe's direction for how he won last Thursday's PASS North/PASS National Super Late Model race at Thompson International Speedway (CT).
"Ben Rowe at Thompson [gets my vote] - He, Preston Peltier, Jay Fogleman and Johnny Clark put on one of the best scraps I've seen in a long while."
Lonnie Sommerville (SLM) - On Thursday night, Lonnie Sommerville finished a strong fifth against a very tough crowd in the PASS North/PASS National Super Late Model race at Thompson International Speedway (CT). Two days later, he backed that up by towing back to his homeland of Canada and winning the Carquest Maritimes Pro Stock Tour race at Speedway 660 after a fierce late race battle. Sommerville had to come from the back of the back twice on his way to the victory.
Quarter Master salutes Scott Hantz on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Scott Hantz (CRA)
2. Joey Pole (ACT)
3. Ryan Carlson (ASA LM)
4. Ben Rowe (PASS)
5. Lonnie Sommerville (SLM)
2010 Cumulative Winners
Preston Peltier (2x)
Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Bobby Santos, III
Tommy St. John
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